Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1714, the 'Dolphin, Delfino'

Violin: 29483

Labeled, "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1714"

Back: Two-piece

Varnish: Reddish-brown

Length of back: 35.8 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

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This violin has a high reputation for the tonal quality and was once owned and played by the world famous virtuoso Jascha Heifetz (1902-1987). The owner in the late 1800s, George Hart, named the violin "Dolphin" as its striking appearance and color of its back reminded him of a dolphin. This violin is known as one of the top three violins made by Stradivari along with 1715 "Alard" and 1716 "Messiah".

Nippon Music Foundation


until 1862 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
1862 - 1868 C. G. Meier
1868 - 1875 George Hart
from 1875 John Adam
until 1882 David Laurie
1882 - 1892 Richard Bennett
in 1892 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1896 Lieutenant Munro, R.N.
until 1910 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1910 A. N. Stothert
until 1915 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1915 Richard Bennett
in 1950 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1950 Jascha Heifetz
from 1965 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
until 1965 Henry Hottinger
... ...
from 2000 Nippon Music Foundation

Known players

Akiko Suwanai, Joseph Joachim, Sidney Harth

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1704.

Copies of many certificates and other documents are available on request. Please contact us for more information.


  • A Thousand Mornings of Music, Arnold Gingrich, Crown Publishers, New York, 1970 (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Anything Man Can Do . . .
  • Henry Hottinger Collection (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? - Supplemental
  • Italian Violin-Makers (1952), Karel Jalovec, Orbis, Prague, 1952 (illustrated)
  • Multi-purpose man on the run
  • Nippon Music Foundation
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • The 'Secrets' of Stradivari, Simone F. Sacconi, Eric Blot Edizioni, Cremona, 2000 (illustrated)
  • The Strad Calendar 2010: Violin Heroes, Newsquest, London, 2009 (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)
  • The Violin: Its Famous Makers and their Imitators, George Hart, Dulau & Co., London, 1885 (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990)


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