Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1736, the 'Spencer Dyke'

Violin: 41980

Labeled, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis/Faciebat Anno 1736."

Back: One-piece of pear wood, slab-cut

Scroll: not original

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 10.75 cm

Lower bouts: 20.45 cm

There is 1 additional image in the archive which is not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


until 1913 John & Arthur Beare
from 1913 Spencer Dyke
from 1946 A. Fried
until 1986 Rabinovitz
in 1986 Sold by Jacques Français
1986-2003 Dr Herbert R. Axelrod
2003-2007 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
from 2007 Anonymous
from 2014 Anonymous
in 2022

Known players

Chantal Juillet, Johan Dalene, Peter Winograd, Rafail Sobelevski, Spencer Dyke

Certificates & Documents

  • Insurance valuation: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (2002) Values the instrument at $2.6 million.
  • Certificate: Jacques Français, New York, NY (1986) #2673.
  • Bill of sale: John & Arthur Beare, London (1914)
  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London (1913)

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 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)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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