Vincenzo Rugeri, Cremona, c. 1700, the 'Baron Knoop'

Violin: 47349

Labeled, "Francescus Rugerius Alumnus Nicolai fecit Cremone 1663."

Previously thought to be the work of Francesco Rugeri.

Back: Two-piece

Length of back: 35.2 cm

Upper bouts: 16.9 cm

Middle bouts: 11.5 cm

Lower bouts: 20.8 cm


- Abel Sequin
- Karol Gregorowicz
- Sir Ernest Craig
- Sold by Ernst Kessler
- Sold by Hamma & Co.
until 1878 Richardson
from 1878 Kummer
from 1878 W. E. Hill & Sons
from c. 1880 Baron Johann Knoop
until 1894 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1894 Baron Johann Knoop
until 1938 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1938 C. L. Benn
until 1969 Mrs Marguerite Silvia Benn
in 1969 Sold by Christie's
from 1969 Anderson
in 2008 Sold by Tarisio Private Sales
from 2008 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1938) ". . . was made by Francesco Rugeri and bears a label dated 1664."

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  • Bein & Fushi Catalog, No. 21 (2009), Bein & Fushi, Inc, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Christie's The Loder Stradivarius Violin, Musical Instruments, Miniatures and Objects of Vertu Auction Catalog, December 9, 1969, Christie's, Christie's, London (illustrated)
  • Reuning & Son Violins Newsletter, Fall, 2005, Reuning & Son, Boston
  • The Strad, October, 2007, Christopher Reuning, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)


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