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.


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 in Philadelphia
from 1936 W. E. Hill & Sons
- Robert Augustus Bower
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 (photocopy)

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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