Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1715, the 'Alard, Baron Knoop'

Violin: 41282

Back: Two-piece

Varnish: Rich red

Length of back: 35.6 cm

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That famous example the "Alard" exhibits all the necessary qualities to constitute it one of Stradivari's most remarkable achievements. The searcher after the ideal in tone-and there are many such-will look for the combination in one violin of absolute beauty of quality, great volume, and perfect articulation. These perfections exist in a large number of the great master's instruments, but never in the proportions to suit the hypercritical. The quality of one Stradivari does not please him, another is wanting in power, and a third does not respond easily enough to the performer. However, the "Alard" possesses these attributes as happily blended together as is possible in a violin made by mortal hands.

Antonio Stradivarius: His Life & Work, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), London

The initials, "P.S.", for Paolo Stradivari, are branded in the mortise of the peg-box.

Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Instruments, William Henley, Antonio Stradivari and His Instruments, Sussex


in 1850 Sold by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
until 1875 Delphin Alard
1876 - 1877 David Laurie
1877 - 1882 John Adam
1882 - 1892 David Laurie
1892 - 1904 Baron Johann Knoop
in 1904 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
1904 - 1919 Robert E. Brandt
in 1919 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1919 Richard Bennett
until 1926 Mrs. Richard Bennett
1926 - 1981 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1981 Anonymous
from 1981 Current owner

Known players

Jean-Delphin Alard, Joseph Joachim

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1701.

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 (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London (illustrated)
  • Antonius Stradivarius (Balfoort), Dirk J. Balfoort, The Continental Book Company, Stockholm (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads?
  • Italian Violin-Makers (1952), Karel Jalovec, Orbis, Prague (illustrated)
  • Les Facteurs d'Instruments de Musique
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990)


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