Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1687, the 'Kubelik, Bertier'

Violin: 4200

Bearing its original label, "Antonio Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1687."

The head by Stradivarius from the 1670 period. Excellent condition. The one piece back of handsome quarter cut maple of medium flames descending from treble to bass sides. The ribs of plainer maple. The head of quarter cut maple of narrow flames. The top of two pieces of spruce of medium grain. The varnish of an orange brown color over a golden ground. LOB 35.6 cm

Back: One-piece of broad grained curly maple.

Top: of medium grain

Scroll: by Antonio Stradivari, from the 1670 period, of narrow curl

Ribs: of plainer wood

Varnish: Orange-brown over a golden ground

Length of back: 35.55 cm

Upper bouts: 16.85 cm

Middle bouts: 10.9 cm

Lower bouts: 20.9 cm

There are 12 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Presented to Kubelik by Lord & Lady Palmer on his 21st birthday.

How Many Strads?, Doring, Bein & Fushi, Doring, Bein & Fushi, How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Chicago

Gifted by Ansley Salz to the University of California, Berkeley, in 1956.

Tarisio Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, May 1-8, 2003, Internet, Tarisio, Tarisio Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, May 1-8, 2003, New York

"...le violon est le remarquable Stradivarius Kubelik de 1687, et […] sous les doigts d'Elizabeth Blumenstock il révèle beaucoup de chaleur et de séduction."

Répertoire review of Bach Violin Sonatas Vol. 1, Harmonia Mundi

"The first known owner of the violin was the Comte de Bertier, who resided in Paris and certainly had the instrument in his possession in the 1870s, when the violin maker Charles Eugène Gand saw and recorded it." – Alessandra Barabaschi

Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Cologne


- Edward F. Cullinane
- Richard Weichhold
in 1872 Comte de Bertier
until 1893 W. E. Hill & Sons
1893 - 1901 Honorable H. Finch-Hatton
in 1901 Lord & Lady Walter Palmer
1901 - 1908 Jan Kubelík
1908 - 1909 Albert Caressa
in 1909 Sold by Hamma & Co.
from 1909 Prince Max von Baden
in 1918 Ichman
from 1919 Dr. Laumner
until 1931 Emil Herrmann, New York
in 1931 Anonymous
from 1931 Mrs Carl Bloch
until 1948 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
from 1948 Leonard Wasserman
in 1955 Sold by Erich Lachmann
1955 - 1956 Ansley K. Salz
1956 - 2003 University of California, Berkeley
until 2003 Anonymous
in 2003 Sold by Tarisio
from 2003 Current owner

Known players

Elizabeth Blumenstock, Jan Kubelík, Jeanette Powers

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (1955)
  • Certificate: Erich Lachmann, Berlin (1955)
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., Cincinnati, OH (1948) States that the scroll is not original to the instrument.
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann, New York, New York, NY (1931)

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 Geigen (Hamma, 1939), Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Die Geigen und Lautenmacher vom Mitteralter bis zur Gegenwart, Willibald Freiherr von Lütgendorff, Frankfurter Verlags-Anstalt, Frankfurt am Main (illustrated)
  • Geschichte der Violine, Fritz Meyer, Bosworth & Co (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964
  • Italienische Geigenbauer (1957), Karel Jalovec, Artia, Prague, 1957 (illustrated)
  • Ars Musica, Aloys Greither, Bayer AG, Heft 10 (illustrated)
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Hamma & Co., Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven (illustrated)
  • Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Fridolin Hamma, Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10842
  • Répertoire review of Bach Violin Sonatas Vol. 1, Harmonia Mundi
  • Tarisio Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, May 1-8, 2003, Tarisio, Tarisio, New York (illustrated)
  • Tarisio Notable Sales, Kubelik Stradivarius of 1687
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


You already have a Tarisio account. Please login to continue.

Forgot Password



Please register or ​to continue.



Please register or ​to continue.

We have sent you an email.
Please follow the link to confirm your registration.


Create Your Password

Click the button below and we'll email you a link to generate your Tarisio password.