Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1708, the 'Empress Caterina, Salzard'

Violin: 41340

Bearing its original label, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis, Faciebat Anno 1708."

Back: in one piece of quarter cut maple with medium-width flame descending from the treble bouts.

Top: in two pieces of spruce with narrow-width grain broadening toward the edges.

Ribs: and head of similar wood.

Varnish: of a reddish golden orange-brown color.

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 10.75 cm

Lower bouts: 20.7 cm

There are 34 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


This instrument was ordered by Elizabeth Petrovna (1709-62), daughter of Peter the Great, who became Empress in 1741. She presented the violin to her secretary Gribersky.

How Many Strads?, Doring, Bein & Fushi, Doring, Bein & Fushi, How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Chicago


- Czarina Elizabeth Petrovna
- Empress Caterina of Russia
- Anonymous
- Gribersky
- Ernest-Andre Salzard
- Count Dewer
- M. M. Zohernoff
- Victor Michailavich Freloff
- Nicholas Frederich Kracht
- Stothbert
until 1917 Silvestre & Maucotel
in 1917 José de Ygartua
in 1917 Prosper Maurel
in 1921 Sold by Caressa & Français
... ...
in 1937 Professor Leo Guetta
in 1926 Anonymous
... ...
in 1951 Guetta Family
until 1952 William Moennig & Son
1953 - 1971 Dr. J. Gershon-Cohen
1971 - 1982 Dr Herbert R. Axelrod
in 1982 Dietmar Machold
from 1982 Anonymous
- Current owner

Known players

Elmar Oliveira

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: William Moennig & Son, Philadelphia, PA (1952)
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1951)
  • Certificate: Pierre Vidoudez, Geneva (1946)
  • Certificate: Caressa & Français, Paris (1921)
  • Letter: Silvestre & Maucotel, Paris (1917)

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)
  • Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod (illustrated)
  • 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)
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • Private Papers
  • Caressa & Francais Notebook (c1900 - 1936), part of the Jacques Francais Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
  • The Way They Play: Book 2, Samuel and Sada Applebaum, Paganinianana Publications, Neptune City, NJ (illustrated)


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