Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1716, the 'Milstein (Maria Teresa), Goldman'

Violin: 41292

Bearing its original label, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1716."

Back: Two-piece curly maple of broad figure extending downwards from the center joint

Length of back: 35.3 cm

Upper bouts: 16.6 cm

Middle bouts: 10.7 cm

Lower bouts: 20.55 cm

There are 2 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


"Kohl eventually enlisted the help of LA Philharmonic concertmaster Martin Chalifour and LA Chamber Orchestra concertmaster Margaret Batjer, who together spent about eight hours testing eight different Stradivari violins at LA's Disney Hall. The violins came from all over the world; two from Chicago, three from London, two from Austria and one, Jack Benny's violin, from Los Angeles.

"They played all day long," Kohl explained to Wednesday's audience. Though the dealers did not disclose the provenance of any of the violins, Kohl said that Batjer was overwhelmed with emotion upon taking the 1716 Milstein Strad from its case. . . .

Kohl purchased the violin from the Milstein family, through Charles Beare of Beare's in London, for an undisclosed price."

The Milstein Strad moves to Pasadena


until 1911 Hamma & Co.
1911-1923 Henry Goldman
from 1923 Hamma & Co.
until 1940 Harry Wahl
until 1945 Emil Herrmann, New York
1945-1992 Nathan Milstein
until 2006 Family of Nathan Milstein
in 2006 Sold by John & Arthur Beare
from 2006 Current owner

Known players

Nathan Milstein

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1706.

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.)


  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Harry Wahl's Violins, Maija-Stiina Roine, Cozio Publishing, Boston (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • Violins & Violinists, December, 1946, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • J. & A. Beare - Notable Sales
  • J. & A. Beare Newsletter, Autumn, 2007 (illustrated)
  • Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Fridolin Hamma, Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Milstein Strad moves to Pasadena
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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