"The style of this viola in certain details-the flat model, the squarer outline and corners, broad edge, and very sturdy aspect as a whole - plainly heralds that of many of Stradivari's later productions; but the rather small and slightly Amatise sound-holes and clean finish of the work are typical of the earlier period. The wood of the back is of one piece, of broad and moderately handsome curl, the sides and head matching; that of the belly shows a broad and well-marked grain; the instrument is well covered with the red varnish so favoured by the master (a red tinged with orange), and its state of preservation leaves no room for complaint."
Antonio Stradivarius: His Life & Work, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), London
Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments, Charles-Eugène Gand, Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments (Facsimile of Gand's notes from 1870-91), Spa
This instrument, along with two other Strads [1509 and 2269] were purchased by George withers in 1887 for 57,000 FF and re-sold immediately to the Duc de Camposelice for 65,000 FF.
Drei Instrumenten von Stradivarius, Paul de Wit, Zeitschrift für Instrumentenbau, Leipzig
"According to him (Schidlof]: 'It is generally accepted that it was made in 1701, but Charles Beare thinks it's 1718, and he seems pretty sure about it. . . Occasionally I change instruments, and people think I am playing a Strad when in fact I am using my other instrument, a rare viola by Nicolo Bergonzi. . .'"
The Instruments of the Amadeus Quartet, The Strad, January, 1988, London