Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1732, the 'Rieu'

Violin: 55914

Back: Two-piece

Length of back: 36.0 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 11.05 cm

Lower bouts: 20.7 cm


in 1973 Thomas Bertucca
- Current owner

Known players

André Rieu

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: John Dilworth (2006) ". . . The head is in my opinion an authentic product of the Stradivari workshop. Although on stylistic grounds it may be the work of Antonio's son, Francesco, this does not exclude the possibility that it is the original head made for the instrument."
  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London (1976) "[. . .] the significant details of the workmanship showing only the hand of Antonio himself."
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1973) Attributes the head to "later workmanship".

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)


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