Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1701, the 'Ferraresi'

Violin: 41976

Bearing a facsimile label, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis/Faciebat Anno 1701"; above the label the handwritten note, "racomodé par Leclerc artiste au 15 Vingt à Paris 1777."

Back: Two-piece

Top: a modern replacement by Stephan von Baehr and Philip Ihle; the previous top not thought to be original

Scroll: a modern replacement by Stephan von Baehr and Philip Ihle; the previous head probably 19th-century

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Reddish-brown over a golden ground

Length of back: 35.45 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.65 cm

There are 18 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


- Roselli
- Dr. Schindler
- Arthur Voss
in 2000 Frau Hytrek
until 2003 Dr Herbert R. Axelrod
from 2003 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
from 2007 Anonymous
in 2016 Sold by Ingles & Hayday
from 2016 Château Du Lac Sacacomie Inc

Known players

Alexandre Da Costa, Cesare Ferraresi

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Ingles & Hayday, London (2016)
  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (2002) “This violin is original and belonging together in all of its essential parts like table, back, ribs and scroll.”
  • Valuation: John & Arthur Beare, London (2000) “... to confirm that we have examined your violin and that the back of it is, in our opinion, the genuine work of the celebrated Antonio Stradivari of Cremona, whose label it bears dated 1701….The sides match well and may be original to the back although we cannot be absolutely sure. The scroll is a copy of Stradivari made almost 100 years ago, and the table is of mid-18th century origin, almost certainly Italian and slightly altered to make a very good match for the back….”
  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Klein, Hamburg (1998) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1684 (applies to the previous front, now replaced).
  • Certificate: Association des Maitre Luthiers Suisse (1967) States that the instrument is original in all its parts.
  • Certificate: Friedrich Böhm, Berlin (1964) “The violin labeled 'Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis faciebat anno 1701?' is in all essential parts the authentic work of Stradivarius, this great Italian master. It is in good condition.”

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.)


  • Alte Meistergeigen: Band III und IV, Die Cremoneser Schule / Antonius Stradivarius, Verband Schweizerischer Geigenbaumeister, Verlag Edwin Bochinsky, Frankfurt am Main (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


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