Francesco Stradivari, Cremona, c. 1730, the 'Oliveira'

Violin: 41975

Bearing its original label, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1692."

Back: One-piece cut slightly off the quarter

Top: one-piece of fine grain, widening from left to right

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Golden-brown

Length of back: 36.1 cm

Upper bouts: 15.7 cm

Middle bouts: 10.6 cm

Lower bouts: 19.85 cm

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


Constructed in 1692, this violin is seven millimeters longer than Stradivari's earlier instruments, indicating the possible Brescian influences of Gasparo da Salo and Giovanni Paolo Maggini.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

"Expert X said the instrument was known to him prior to the examination. He valued at $500,000 to $1,200,000. Charles Beare informally valued the instrument at $1 - $1.3 million.... Crane does not believe it is Strad."

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Report of the Trustee Review Panel concerning the Golden Age Collection, December 16, 2004

Now attributed to Francesco Stradivari (formerly thought to be Antonio).


Ole Bull
Dr Arunson
until 1950 Charles Enel & Chardon
1950-1984 Marie-Claude Thouveny
from 1984 Elmar Oliveira
2002-2003 Dr Herbert R. Axelrod
from 2003 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
from 2007 Current owner

Known players

Darryl Kubian, Elmar Oliveira, Marie-Claude Thouveny

Certificates & Documents

  • Insurance valuation: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (2002) Values the instrument at $2 million.
  • Certificate: Étienne Vatelot, Paris (1984)
  • Certificate: Charles Enel, Paris (1950)

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.)


  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod (illustrated)
  • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
  • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Collection brochure from Violin Advisor, LLC, April, 2007
  • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Report of the Trustee Review Panel concerning the Golden Age Collection, December 16, 2004
  • The Miracle Makers, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Working-Class Orchestra, World-Class Fiddles, 12-11-2004


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