Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1703, the 'Rynberger, Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia'

Violin: 41334

Bearing its original label, but last two digits are obscure.

Back: One-piece maple showing broad curl slanting slightly from left to right

Top: of pine, fine-grained at the joint, opening towards the flanks

Varnish: Orange-brown

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 10.75 cm

Lower bouts: 20.8 cm


"Proof to support the theory that this violin had a relationship with the Prussian royal family is provided by a brand impressed into the back of the violin just beneath the end button, which depicts a crown and the inititals 'G. I. d. K. S.' along with 'n. 8'. An explanation of the initials was provided by Hans Diestel, who wrote below a series of pictures of the violin: 'Eigentum der General-Intendantur der Königlichen Schauspiele zu Berlin.' At the time, the instrument still belonged to the Hohenzollern family and was kept in Charlottenburg, the castle commissioned by Sophia Charlotte of Hanover, in Berlin."

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


Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia
1919-1952 Henryk Rynberger
1953-1985 Max Möller & Son
from 1985 Geraldo Modern
until 1995 Dr Pascal Nicod
... ...
from 1995 and in 2015 Current owner

Known players

Henryk Rynberger

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Max Möller & Son, Amsterdam (1953)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1929) Attests to the authenticity of the instrument and states that the date, though difficult to read, is probably 1703.

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)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • Violins & Violinists, February-March, 1946, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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