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.

There are 9 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


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

Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Charles Beare, Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Milan


until 1859 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
from 1859 Massaloff
1874-1911 Amédée Soil
in 1911 Sold by Caressa & Français
1911-1946 Oscar Bondy
1946-1948 J. Frank Otwell
1950-1986 Yehudi Menuhin
in 1951 Sold by Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
from 1951 Emil Herrmann, New York
from 1986 Current owner

Known players

Itzhak Perlman, Yehudi Menuhin

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Caressa & Français, Paris (1901)

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.)


  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, January, 1947, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Hamma & Co., Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven (illustrated)
  • The Strad, December, 1987, John Dilworth, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, April, 1989, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10842
  • Stradivari, Stewart Pollens, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Stradivarius
  • The 'Secrets' of Stradivari, Simone Fernando Sacconi, Eric Blot Edizioni, Cremona (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Strad 2010 Calendar: Violin Heroes, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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