Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1718, the 'Firebird, Exupery'

Violin: 41540

Labeled, "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1718."

Back: Two-piece of broad curl

Top: of medium even grain

Scroll: of medium curl

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Red-orange on a golden ground

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 11 cm

Lower bouts: 20.75 cm

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"It is called 'The Firebird' because of its fire-red varnish and its fish-bone shaped grain, resembling a bird about to take off, and "ex-St Exupery" after a previous owner the author of 'The Little Prince'.

Elective Affinities: Tributes to Antonio Stradivari by well-known players & experts, Salvatore Accardo, The Strad, December, 1987, London


Antoine de Saint-Exupery
until 1976 Max Möller & Son
... ...
from 1976 and in 2007 Salvatore Accardo
from 2007 Current owner

Known players

Salvatore Accardo

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (2003) X-4240.
  • Certificate: Max Möller & Son, Amsterdam (1978)
  • Certificate: Étienne Vatelot, Paris (1971)

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