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

There are 3 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


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 Instruments: Dolphin Stradivari


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
1892-1910 Lieutenant Munro, R.N.
in 1910 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
1910-1915 Mrs Arthur Kendall Stothert
in 1915 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1915 Richard Bennett
in 1950 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1950 Jascha Heifetz
until 1965 Henry Hottinger
in 1965 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
1970-2000 Cho-Ming Sin
from 2000 Nippon Music Foundation

Known players

Akiko Suwanai, 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 (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Henry Hottinger Collection (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • Multi-purpose man on the run
  • Nippon Music Foundation Instrument Recipients
  • Nippon Music Foundation Instruments: Dolphin Stradivari
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • The 'Secrets' of Stradivari, Simone Fernando Sacconi, Eric Blot Edizioni, Cremona (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)
  • The Violin: Its Famous Makers and their Imitators, George Hart, Dulau & Co., London (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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