Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, c. 1728, the 'von Beckerath'

Violin: 41297

Labeled, "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 1720."

Back: in one-piece of maple with medium faint curl.

Top: of medium grain in the center, broadening towards the flanks.

Scroll: similar.

Ribs: similar.

Varnish: of a red-brown color over a yellow-brown ground.

Length of back: 36.0 cm

Upper bouts: 16.9 cm

Middle bouts: 11.55 cm

Lower bouts: 20.9 cm

There are 13 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Rudolph von Beckerath
in 1926 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
until 1928 Bram Eldering
... ...
in 1936 and until 1956 Dr. Fischer
... ...
in 1956 Sold by Hamma & Co.
from 1956 Mayer-Schiering
until 2015 Anonymous
in 2015 Sold by Tarisio Private Sales
from 2015 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (2004) X-102.
  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (1956)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1936) Notes that the label has been tampered with and that the correct date is either 1728 or 1729.
  • Letter: Prof. W. von Beckerath (1935) Letter to Emil Herrmann confirming that the violin was bought by the father of Willy von Beckerath from the Baron von der Leyen in 1863 or 1864 and sold it again in 1915.
  • Certificate: Philipp Hammig, Berlin (1934)
  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1692.

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.)


  • Alte Meistergeigen: Band III und IV, Die Cremoneser Schule / Antonius Stradivarius, Verband Schweizerischer Geigenbaumeister, Verlag Edwin Bochinsky, Frankfurt am Main (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XIII, No. 1, Roger Hargrave, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964
  • Italienische Geigenbauer (1957), Karel Jalovec, Artia, Prague, 1957 (illustrated)
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Hamma & Co., Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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