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 Caspar Gottlieb 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
in 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.

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.)


  • 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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