Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1714, the 'Soil'

Violin: 1954

Back: in two pieces with broad flame ascending from the center joint.

Top: in two pieces of narrow to medium width flame.

Scroll: similar.

Ribs: of medium width flame.

Varnish: of a golden orange color.

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"In the opinion of many informed listeners, this is the greatest sounding Stradivari of them all."

Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan, 1987


until 1859 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
from 1859 Massaloff
1874 - 1911 Amédée Soil
in 1911 Sold by Caressa & Francais
1911 - 1946 Oscar Bondy
from 1946 J. Frank Otwell
until 1950 Emil Herrmann
1950 - 1986 Yehudi Menuhin
from 1986 Current owner

Known players

Cho-Liang Lin, Itzhak Perlman, Yehudi Menuhin

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Caressa & Francais, Paris (1901)

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