Alessandro Gagliano, Naples, 1700

Violin: 45319

Labeled, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1717."

Back: Two-piece of medium to broad curl

Top: by Antonio Stradivari

Scroll: of curl similar to back

Ribs: of curl similar to back

Varnish: Golden-brown

Length of back: 35.8 cm

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"A violin with a top by Stradivari and bearing a label dated 1713 was contained in the Wurlitzer Collection. The back, ribs and scroll were made by Alessandro Gagliano. The late Alfred Hill explains the manner of this mating of the work of two masters in a written account which states that, being in possession of a very fine example of the work of Alessandro Gagliano, original excepting the front (which was of mediocre French work), and having in his possession an Amatisé form Stradivari top which was quite well matched to the form of the Gagliano, he himself replaced the poor French top with the one by Stradivari."

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


- Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1925 Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
- S. H. Sheets
- Miss Luruth Anderson
in 1988 Sold by Sotheby's

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Herman Walecki, Los Angeles, CA (1954)
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1928) Signed by Jay C. Freeman.
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1928) With photos attached.

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
  • Sotheby's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, December 18, 1984, New York, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, New York (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, June 22, 1988, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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