Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1672, the 'Gustav Mahler'

Viola: 41367

Bearing its original label, with the printing error: "Antonins Stradiuarius Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 1672."

Back: Two-piece of poplar

Top: of prominent medium grain in the center, widening towards the flanks

Varnish: Golden-brown

Length of back: 41.2 cm

Upper bouts: 19.6 cm

Middle bouts: 13.5 cm

Lower bouts: 25 cm

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Stradivari's first known viola. So named because it was purchased by Rolf Habisreutinger on July 7, 1960, the 100th birthday of Gustav Mahler.


The first of Stradivari's surviving violas. The instrument was exhibited at the South Kensington Museum in London in 1872, and was illustrated in George Hart's book "The Violin, its Famous Makers and Their Imitators."

Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Charles Beare, Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Milan

According to Doring, the violin still had its original bass bar, as of 1952.

How Many Strads? - Supplemental, Ernest N. Doring, Violins & Violinists, April-May, 1952, Chicago

"The 'Mahler' was in the possession of the English collector Joseph Gillott, from Birmingham. The entire Gillott collection which consisted of more than ten precious instruments, was sold in 1872 with this viola fetching £51, probably from Mr. P.R. Parera, who kept it in his possession until 1877." – 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


Sold by Jean Werro
Sold by Hans Schicker
until 1872 Joseph Gillott
in 1872 Sold by Christie's
1872-1877 P. R. Parera
in 1877 Sold by Puttick & Simpson
from 1877 John Hart
in 1885 and until 1893 Richard Bennett
until 1893 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1893 A. W. Young
in 1930 Miss Reid
... ...
1950-1959 Henry Werro
1960-1990 Rolf Habisreutinger
from 1990 Stradivari Stiftung Habisreutinger, Switzerland

Known players

Antoine Tamestit, Hannes Bärtschi

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1893)

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)
  • Antonio Stradivari and His Instruments, William Henley, Amati Publishing, Ltd., Sussex, 1961 (illustrated)
  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan (illustrated)
  • Catalogue of the Special Exhibition at South Kensington, England, Carl Engel, South Kensington Museum, London
  • Correspondence with Hannes Bärtschi, June, 2006
  • FESTIVAL 2019
  • Violins & Violinists, April-May, 1952, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • I Capolavori Cremonesi della Royal Academy of Music, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964
  • Ars Musica, Aloys Greither, Bayer AG, Heft 10 (illustrated)
  • Joseph Gillott, Cozio Carteggio feature, John Dilworth, Feb 2020
  • La Casa Nuziale: The Home of Antonio Stradivari, 1667-1680, Arnaldo Baruzzi, W. E. Hill & Sons, London (illustrated)
  • Mostra di Antonio Stradivari (Palazzo Borromeo - Isola Bella), Turris Editrice, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Stradivari Varnish: Scientific Analysis of his Finishing Technique on Selected Instruments, Brigitte Brandmair & Stefan-Peter Greiner (illustrated)
  • The 'Secrets' of Stradivari, Simone Fernando Sacconi, Eric Blot Edizioni, Cremona (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • The Violin: Its Famous Makers and their Imitators, George Hart, Dulau & Co., London (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)
  • We Love Stradivari, NHK (illustrated)


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