Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1699, the 'Crespi'

Violin: 41279

Back: Two-piece

Top: of pine of fine grain opening out at the flanks

Varnish: Golden

Length of back: 35.75 cm

Upper bouts: 16.03 cm

Middle bouts: 10.8 cm

Lower bouts: 19.95 cm

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Valentine Crespi
R. D. Waddell
until 1872 Joseph Gillott
in 1872 Sold by Christie's
from 1872 Charles Kelvey
until 1947 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1947 Henry Werro
from 1960 and in 2013 Anonymous
in 2000 Royal Academy of Music, London
until 2014 Anonymous
in 2014 Sold by Tarisio Private Sales
from 2014 Current owner

Known players

Nazrin Rashidova, Rachel Podger, Rafael Todes

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey (2000) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1679.
  • Letter: Pierre Vidoudez, Geneva (1960)
  • Certificate: Henry Werro, Bern (1947)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1947)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1947)

Cozio holds copies of many certificates and other documents, some of which are available to view on request. Please contact us if you wish to view a particular document. (Note that we do not always have permission to share documents.)


  • Antonio Stradivari and His Instruments, William Henley, Amati Publishing, Ltd., Sussex, 1961 (illustrated)
  • I Capolavori Cremonesi della Royal Academy of Music, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Joseph Gillott, Cozio Carteggio feature, John Dilworth, Feb 2020
  • Masterpieces of Italian Violin Making, David Rattray, Outline Press, London (illustrated)
  • Mostra di Antonio Stradivari (Palazzo Borromeo - Isola Bella), Turris Editrice, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Museum & Collections - What’s on - Royal Academy of Music
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • Young guns


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