Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, c. 1732, the 'Josefowitz'

Cello: 43998

Labeled, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 17**."

Back: One-piece of poplar cut on the slab; purfling of beech wood

Ribs: of beech wood

Length of back: 69.0 cm

Upper bouts: 31.95 cm

Middle bouts: 22 cm

Lower bouts: 40.8 cm

There are 21 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Identified as a Stradivari while on sale at Sotheby's as "a nice, small Italian cello" in July 2003. It was withdrawn from that sale and listed as a Stradivari instrument in the November 11, 2003 auction.

Has Stradivari's Last Cello been Uncovered, The Strad, November, 2003, London


in 2004 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Peter Biddulph, London (2003)

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.)


  • Four Centuries of Violin Making: Fine Instruments from the Sotheby's Archive, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Boston (illustrated)
  • The Strad, November, 2003, Newsquest Specialist Media, London
  • I violoncelli di Antonio Stradivari, Bruce Carlson, Conzorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10072
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 11, 2003, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive
  • The Strad 2007 Calendar, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)


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