Violin by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, c.1734, 'Habeneck'

Object type
The back is made from one wedge of slab-cut maple. The ribs and the head are made from plain quarter-cut maple, the front from finely grained quarter-cut spruce.

The instrument is coated in orange, translucent varnish. The head has a modern neck graft and the violin has modern fittings.

Certain features of the "Habeneck", including the cut of the soundholes suggest the collaboration of Antonio's eldest son Francesco, who was aged 63 at the time.
Date made
woodwork, violin, violinist, instrument maker, luthier, Stradivarius
maple, spruce, ebony
Object type
Type Length Width Height Diameter Unit (length)
Stop 195 mm
Neck 130 mm
Back 358 mm
Upper Bout 167.5 mm
Middle Bout 113 mm
Lower Bout 208 mm
Back (with caliper) 356 mm
Upper Bout (with caliper) 166.5 mm
Middle Bout (with caliper) 107 mm
Lower Bout (with caliper) 206 mm
Total String Length 327.5 mm
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