Believed to be one of the three decorated violins sold to the Spanish Court in 1975 by the Priest Brambilla.
The 1709 Greffuhle Stradivari, Harold P. Geerdes, The Strad, February, 1978, London
"The Design for the inlay in the ribs was Stradivari's own work and the original drawings by him for the inlay in the Greffuhle violin are still extant. They were first preserved in the Dalla Valle Collection and are now located in the Stradivari Museum at Cremona."
Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, April 5, 1977, New York, Sotheby's, Sotheby Parke Bernet Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, April 5, 1977, New York, New York
"We will now examine the instrument itself by first examining its original label date 1709. Unfortunately, this label has been altered in the course of the life of the instrument, and the original date has been cut out very carefully and replaced by a new cut-out, most likely to make it fit with the one of 1709 of the two violins of the Concerto in Madrid, with these dates having themselves been altered by Paolo Stradivari most likely. As you will see later, we would placethe correct date as 1698."
The Dr. Herbert Axelrod Quartet, Jacques Francais, The Dr. Herbert Axelrod Stradivari Quartet, New York