Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1729, the 'Marquis de Villafranche, Crocker'

Violin: 41551

Labeled, "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1729."

Small circular brand at lower rib.

Back: in two pieces of quarter cut maple with medium width flame ascending from the center seam.

Top: in two pieces of spruce with medium width grain.

Scroll: of plainer maple.

Ribs: of similar wood.

Varnish: of a golden orange-brown color.

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.5 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.5 cm

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"The flawless condition bears testimony of its having reposed, almost forgotten, for over one hundred years in an old French family, until it was discovered by the late Mr. Alfred Hill and purchased by him from a member of the family, the Marquis de Villefranche."

The 'Marquis de Villefranche" Stradivarius, 1729, The Strad, 1942, London


- Marquis de Villafranche
- Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
- George H. Kemp
- Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1945 Samuel L. Crocker
... ...
from 1969 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Jacques Français (photocopy), New York, NY (1969) #865.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons (photocopy), London
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. (photocopy), Cincinnati, OH

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 (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, July, 1942, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10842
  • The Strad, 1942, London, Jan 1942 (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Box 43 (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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