Francesco Stradivari, Cremona, 1742, the 'Salabue'

Violin: 42845

Bearing its original label.

Back: One-piece, cut on the slab

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"When writing about that instrument he [Cozio di Salabue] states there is 'un tasello sotto l'F della quarta bislonglo per riempire un groppo' [a patch below the f-hole of the G string to fill a knot along the grain]. This instrument is very likely the Salabue Francesco Stradivari presntly owned by James Warren, which exhibits a wood fill in precisely the same place. The fill is almost identical in appearance to the one on the treble side of the fingerboard in Le Messie."

Le Messie, Stewart Pollens, Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XVI, No. 1, Flushing, NY

Count Cozio's Notes, June 3, 1816: "Measurements of my violin made by Francesco Stradivari in 1730, with label belonging to his father. . . . Long and wide arching. The top is wave-like, and crossed by a rectangular patch under the F-hole on the G string in order to fill a knot. Back and sides have no grain. The neck is good work with tight grain. Under the back, two thicknesses are inserted in patches; the upper [thickness is] in the purfling, and the other out of it. The purfling does not turn up in the corners. Good and even voice, but not as strong as the other three [violins] made by Stradivari described above. Generally speaking the work is well done." (pp. 242-43) and neat.

Memoirs of a Violin Collector: Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue, Memoirs of a Violin Collector: Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue, Baltimore


Luigi Tarisio
Sold by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
until 1775 Paolo Stradivari
from 1775 Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue
until 1959 W. E. Hill & Sons
1959-1965 Henry Hottinger
from 1965 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
in 1972 Mrs. Rembert Wurlitzer
... ...
in 1999 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (2013) To Mr. Hottinger: "Only recently we had the good fortune to see in Paris another violin by Francesco with its original label, and this along with the example now in your possession, are the only ones with original labels known to us."

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.)


  • …And They Made Violins in Cremona from Renaissance to Romantic Era, Conzorzia Liutai & Archetti A. Stradivari Cremona, Cremona (illustrated)
  • A Thousand Mornings of Music, Arnold Gingrich, Crown Publishers, New York (illustrated)
  • Count Cozio of Salabue: Violin Making and Collecting in Piedmont, Giovanni Accornero, Ivan Epicoco & Eraldo Guerci, Edizione Il Salabue (illustrated)
  • Henry Hottinger Collection (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (2001), Teruhiko Sato, Nippon Gengakki, Tokyo (illustrated)
  • Ars Musica, Aloys Greither, Bayer AG, Heft 11 (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XVI, No. 1, Stewart Pollens, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY
  • Memoirs of a Violin Collector: Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue, Brandon Frazier, Baltimore
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • Private Archives - 10842
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Box 44 (illustrated)
  • The Late Cremonese Violin Makers, Dmitry Gindin, Editioni Novecento, Cremona (illustrated)
  • The Stradivari Legacy, Carlo Chiesa & Duane Rosengard, Peter Biddulph, London (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)
  • World of Strings, Fall, 1975, William Moennig & Son, Philadelphia (illustrated)


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