Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1703, the 'Shoofs, Vidoudez, Huber, Steiner-Schweitzer'

Violin: 41320

The top later.

Back: Two-piece

Top: probably later French work


The instrument was purchased by Andre Rieu at Bongartz's auction in 1998, but returned a few weeks later due to questions about the authenticity of the table.

Discussions with previous owner

Charles Beare: "Two years ago there was a violin sold at auction in Germany for quite a large price, and with quite a lot of publicity. The sale was cancelled because somebody, who shall be nameless, and then somebody else who is smiling away here in the audience, informed the auctioneer that the front of the instrument didn't belong. Naturally this was very bad news. The violin landed with me very shortly afterwards and I gave my opinion. I had thought for some time that the front was indeed a 19th-century front. I was then given the diplomatic task of meeting the owner of this instrument and trying to calm things down a bit. The person from whom he had bought it was deceased and that had been many years ago. He ws naturally a little upset, but he called me up one day about six months after I had seen him and he said, 'Mr. Beare, I owe you a huge apology for any disbelief that I may have shown, I've had the front of my instrument looked at by a dendrochronologist in Switzerland, and he reports to me that the youngest year ring is 1833, and now I know the truth.' Well, here is a case where it [dendrochronology] immensely helped."

The Messie: A Panel Discussion, Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XVII, No. 3, Flushing, NY


- Sold by Silvestre & Maucotel
- Sold by Hamma & Co.
- Wasserman
from 1921 Erich Lachmann
1925 - 1927 Dr. Steiner-Schweitzer
from 1927 Dr. Hans Kühne
in 1930 Sold by Emil Herrmann, New York
- Professor J. Giger
- Sold by Hamma & Co.
in 1937 F. Huber
- Mischa Elman
until 1972 Pierre Vidoudez
... ...
in 1998 Sold by Bongartz's
1972 - 2000 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Pierre Vidoudez, Geneva (1972)

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.)


  • Bongartz's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 9, 1998, Cologne, Bongartz's, Bongartz's, Cologne (illustrated)
  • Discussions with previous owner, April, 2005
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, Comitato Stradivariano, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XVII, No. 3, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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