Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1718, the 'Prové'

Violin: 43082

Bearing its original label, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1715."

Back: Two-piece

Top: by Stradivari, but later

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 10.9 cm

Lower bouts: 20.6 cm


until 1880 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1880 Karlovitsch Prové
1918 - 1951 Woldemar Oberberg
from 1951 Current owner

Known players

Fedor Ivanovitsch Prové, Karl Grigorowitsch

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London (2003) Dates the instrument to circa 1718-20. States that the belly, thought surely by Stradivari, belongs to "a slightly later period" and has been "adapted to fit this instrument."
  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (1951)
  • Letter: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (1951)

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)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964
  • Italienische Geigenbauer (1957), Karel Jalovec, Artia, Prague, 1957 (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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