Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1702, the 'Taft, Emil Heerman'

Violin: 40312

Back: One-piece of medium curl descending from left to right

Top: of fine to medium grain

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Reddish-brown

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 21 cm


The violin, known as the "Taft," was once owned by the brother of President William Howard Taft in the early 1900s.

Stradivarius sells for $1.3 million at Christie's


- Baron von Donop
- Sold by David Laurie
- Rudolph Gleichauff
in 1914 Mr. Mylius
in 1915 Sold by Caressa & Français
in 1915 Emil Heermann
in 1915 Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
1915 - 1940 Mrs Charles Phelps Taft
1940 - 1987 Ernest Ruder
in 1987 Sold by Jacques Français
... ...
in 2000 Sold by Christie's
from 2000 Canada Council for the Arts

Known players

Emil Heermann, Jasper Wood, Jessica Linnebach, Nikki Chooi, Renée-Paule Gauthier

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Jacques Français, New York, NY (1994)
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY

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