Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, c. 1695, the 'Boni, Hegar'

Cello: 41449

Bearing its original label, dated 1707.

B-form model

Back: Two-piece of poplar, slab-cut

Top: of well-defined grain

Scroll: of poplar

Ribs: of poplar

Length of back: 75.6 cm

Upper bouts: 34.3 cm

Middle bouts: 23.6 cm

Lower bouts: 43.4 cm

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


"At some point in its history, it was reduced in size and later re-enlarged to its original dimensions, which is, perhaps, why it was once thought to date from an earlier period."

J. & A. Beare 2011 Newsletter, J. & A. Beare Newsletter 2011


- Luigi Tarisio
- Sold by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
- Madame de Sampigny
- Wimphen
- Hegar family
in 1880 Professor Olive-Charlier Vaslin
until 1900 Gustave Bernardel
from 1900 Professor J. Hegar
1937 - 1938 Livio Boni
in 1938 Sold by Puttick & Simpson
1938 - 1960 Horace Egar Bowles
from 1960 S. P. Angel
in 2016 Sveaas Foundation

Known players

Andreas Brantelid

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1938)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1938) "The Stradivari Violoncello . . . was, originally, and instrument of large dimensions and dates from about 1690-98. It has been very skillfully reduced in size to bring it into conformity with the instruments made by the master after 1799. This alteration was, we believe, carried out by Claude-Victor Rambaux (b. 1806, d. 1871), a Paris Luthier of repute."
  • Letter: Albert Caressa, Paris (1900) To Professor J. Hegar (translated from the original French in the Puttick & Simpson catalogue): "It was brought to Paris and sold to Mr. J. B. Vuillaume by Tarisio; it was too big, it was cut by Vuillaume and sold to Madame de Sampigny for her son who lived at Tours. . . ."
  • Letter: Gustave Bernardel, Paris (1900) To Professor J. Hegar.

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.)


  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • J. & A. Beare Newsletter 2011 (illustrated)
  • L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, Comitato Stradivariano, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Fridolin Hamma, Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10072
  • Puttick & Simpson Catalogue of Old and Modern Violins, Violas and Violoncellos, February 17, 1938, London, Puttick & Simpson, Puttick & Simpson, London (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)


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