Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1683, the 'O'Neill'

Violin: 41583

Labeled, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis / Faciebat 1683."

Back: One-piece cut on the slab

Scroll: not original, by Charles Beare

Ribs: upper right side is a replacement

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 11.3 cm

Lower bouts: 20.5 cm


Previously known as the 'Lioness', this violin had a painting of a lion on the back, which was probably applied to mask several cracks. The painting is thought to date from about 1850 and the violin's provenance with the painting goes back at least to Vuillaume in 1855. In 1974 it was bought by Beares, who removed the painting in order to restore the back. The photos show elements of the restoration in the lower flanks of the back, the upper rib is replaced, the head at the time was the last head Charles Beare ever made for a Strad (but has subsequently been replaced). - Private correspondence


Aloys Kettenus
in 1904 Robert O'Neill
until 1974 John McClintock
in 1974 Sold by Sotheby's
1974-1977 John & Arthur Beare
until 1982 Jacques Français
from 1982 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (2005) X-2435.
  • Certificate: Jacques Français, New York, NY (1989) #2329.
  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London (1981)

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)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)


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