Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1697, the 'Montbel'

Violin: 41321

Bearing its original label, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1703."

Back: One-piece with flames descending from right to left; several knots in lower right

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.15 cm

Middle bouts: 10.5 cm

Lower bouts: 20.1 cm

There are 3 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Despite the original label listing 1703 as the date, most experts believe the real year of construction was 1697/98 based on the narrow model used.

Die L-Bank Instrumentensammlung, Die L-Bank Instrumentensammlung, Karlsruhe

"A peculiar feature found on the back is a series of irregular sap marks that, like a swarm of bees attracted by the sugary varnish, have populated the bottom corner on the right hand side, providing the instrument with a distinguishing mark." – Alessandra Barabaschi

Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Cologne


in 1872 M. Quantinet
... ...
from 1883 M. Hohuette
in 1913 Rene Court
Sold by Ernst Kessler
Max Steinthal
in 1925 Sold by Erich Lachmann
from 1925 Hamma & Co.
Harry Wahl
in 1927 Sold by Hug & Co.
in 1929 Dr. M. Weidlich
until c. 1937 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
... ...
in 1988 Sold by Hieronymus Köstler
from 1988 Landeskreditbank Baden Württemburg

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1955) "We have examined the Stradivari violin submitted bearing the date 1703, which we consider a thoroughly authentic example and typical of the period 1700, though we ourselves would attribute it to a few years earlier, 1697-98."
  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart
  • Certificate: Hieronymus Köstler, Stuttgart
  • Certificate: Eugen Tenucci, Zurich

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.)


  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Die L-Bank Instrumentensammlung, Landeskreditbank Baden-Württemberg, Karlsruhe (illustrated)
  • Harry Wahl's Violins, Maija-Stiina Roine, Cozio Publishing, Boston (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Hamma & Co., Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven (illustrated)
  • Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Fridolin Hamma, Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • Violine von Antonius Stradivarius, Cremona, 1703, Montbel-Strad, Hug & Co., Zurich (illustrated)


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