Labeled, "Réplique faite pour Yehudi Menuhin de son Antonius Stradivarius 1733 par Emile Français Luthier du Conservatoire National de Musique Paris No 2 année 1934" and, "Similis sed Singularis."
Bearing the initials "YM" inlaid to the button.
Emile Français made this violin as an exact copy of the 1733 ‘Prince Khevenhüller’ Stradivari and presented it to Yehudi Menuhin on his nineteenth birthday. Interestingly, the original Stradivari was presented to Menuhin seven years earlier on his 12th birthday. In 1956 Menuhin gifted this violin to Paul Shapshak and in 1991 it was sold to David Sackson a violinist in the Phoenix String Quartet. For more information about Menuhin’s violins please read our Carteggio from 2016, as well as Jason Price's recent Carteggio feature.
LOB: 35.9 cm
Proforma Certificate: Tarisio, New York, NY (Oct 24 2022)
Letter: Yehudi Menuhin (photocopy) (Nov 26 1992)
Letter: Paul Shapshak (photocopy), New York, NY (Oct 5 1991)