Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1709, the 'Engleman'

Violin: 40054

Back: One-piece

Length of back: 35.7 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Lower bouts: 20.6 cm


This instrument is in an exceptionally pure state of preservation. This violin was owned by the family of a naval officer Commander Young for almost 150 years, which is reflected in its superior condition.

Nippon Music Foundation


- Family of Commander Young
until 1951 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1951 Dr. Rene Pierre Lacombe
until 1986 Jacques Francais
1986 - 1996 Dr. Ephraim P. Engleman
from 1996 Nippon Music Foundation

Known players

Elisabeth Batiashvili

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Jacques Francais, New York, NY (1986) #2681. "Grade: A++"

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.)


  • Bongartz's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, May 19, 2007, Cologne, Bongartz's, Bongartz's, Cologne, 2007 (illustrated)
  • Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan, 1987 (illustrated)
  • Nippon Music Foundation
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990)


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