Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1697, the 'Molitor'

Violin: 22161

Labeled, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 1697"; branded to the lower rib, "Curtis Phila."

Back: One-piece cut on the slab

Top: of narrow to medium grain

Scroll: of medium curl

Ribs: of medium curl

Varnish: Golden

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.1 cm

Middle bouts: 10.9 cm

Lower bouts: 20.1 cm

There are 12 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Robert Augustus Bower
until 1804 Madame Juliette Récamier
from 1804 Count Gabriel-Jean-Joseph Molitor
until 1917 Caressa & Français
from 1917 J. Mazeran
from 1923 Maucotel & Deschamps
until 1929 Charles Enel & Chardon
1929-1936 Curtis Institute of Music
from 1936 W. E. Hill & Sons
until 1957 E. R. Voigt
from 1957 Muriel Anderson
in 1989 Sold by Christie's
in 1989 Sold by Christie's
1989-1994 Elmar Oliveira
1994-2010 Albert Stern
in 2010 Sold by Tarisio
from 2010 Current owner

Known players

Albert Stern, Anne Akiko Meyers, Elmar Oliveira

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: E. R. Voigt & Son, London (1957)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1937)
  • Letter: Alfred E. Hill, London (1937)
  • Certificate: Charles Enel, Paris (1929) Missing.
  • Certificate: Silvestre & Maucotel, Paris (1923) Missing.
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann, New York (photocopy), New York, NY

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.)


  • The Strad, December, 2010, Philip J. Kass, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, August, 2004, Shirley Apthorp, Newsquest Specialist Media, London
  • Christie's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, March 31, 1989, London, Christie's, Christie's, London (illustrated)
  • RDA Music
  • Tarisio Fine Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, October 13-14, 2010, New York, Tarisio, Tarisio, New York (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • The ‘Molitor’ Stradivarius, Cremona, 1697, Cozio Carteggio feature
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)
  • ‘Molitor’ Stradivarius of 1697: news release, October 2010


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