Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1726, the 'Belgiorno, Hilton, Hamma'

Violin: 45993

Labeled, "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis faciebat Anno 1726."

Back: Two-piece of narrow horizontal curl

Top: of fine grain, broadening towards the flanks

Scroll: of medium curl

Ribs: of wider curl

Varnish: Orange-brown on a golden ground

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 11.4 cm

Lower bouts: 20.8 cm

There are 5 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


until 1950 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1950 Reginald Hilton
in c. 1965 Sold by Hamma & Co.
from c. 1965 Alfred Franke
in 1978 Sold by Christie's
in 1979 Anonymous
... ...
in 1990 Sold by Kenneth Warren & Son
1990-2017 Anonymous
from 2017 Current owner

Known players

Kyoko Takezawa, Satu Vanska

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (1991) X-410.
  • Certificate: Kenneth Warren & Son, Chicago, IL (1990)
  • Certificate: Max Möller & Son, Amsterdam (1979)
  • Certificate: Association des Maitres Luthiers Suisses (1967)
  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (1965)
  • Letter: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (1960)

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  • Alte Meistergeigen: Band III und IV, Die Cremoneser Schule / Antonius Stradivarius, Verband Schweizerischer Geigenbaumeister, Verlag Edwin Bochinsky, Frankfurt am Main (illustrated)
  • Bongartz's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, May 23, 1981, Cologne, Bongartz's, Bongartz's, Cologne (illustrated)
  • Christie's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, July 21, 1978, London, Christie's, Christie's, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, June, 1978, Robert Lewin, London (illustrated)
  • Private Papers
  • Sotheby's Russian & Greek Icons and Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 27, 1964, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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