Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1724, the 'Abergavanny'

Violin: 41517

Dated 1714.

Back: One-piece

Varnish: Reddish golden

Length of back: 35.8 cm

Upper bouts: 16.85 cm

Middle bouts: 11 cm

Lower bouts: 20.8 cm

There are 14 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


- Canon Capel
- John Betts
in 1896 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
1896 - 1901 Alfred Way
in 1901 Sold by Puttick & Simpson
from 1901 Charles Morris
until 1905 Robert Augustus Bower
from 1905 August Herrmann
- Willi Post
1922 - 1923 Emil Herrmann
... ...
in 1937 Mrs. Mary Dows Herter-Norton
- Sold by Jacques Français
- Current owner

Known players


Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Jacques Français, New York, NY (1981) #2261B.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1925) States that the real date is 1724-25 despite the label which reads 1714.
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1925) Notes that the top differs in minor details of workmanship from the back and was probably made at a differetn period, but that all parts were together when the instrument was varnished.

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.)


  • Antonio Stradivari: Violino Abergevanny 1724, Editrice Turris, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Associazione Liutaria Italiana directory, 1992-93 (illustrated)
  • Da Stradivari ai giorni nostri, Paolo Sorgentone, Cremona Books, Cremona (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • Italian & French Violin Makers: Volume 2, Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 1610
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Stradivarius Memorial Association
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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