Francesco Stradivari, Cremona, 1742, the 'Le Besque'

Violin: 42842

Antonio Stradivari label dated 1734.

Back: Two-piece

Varnish: Orange-red-brown

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.4 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.3 cm


from 1928 Vatelot-Hekking
until 1929 Caressa
from 1929 Erich Lachmann
Sold by Wurlitzer
in 1945 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Albert Caressa, Paris (1928)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1928)
  • Letter: Alfred E. Hill, London (1928)

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)
  • Violins & Violinists, November, 1942, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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