Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1715, the 'Emperor, Gillott, Kubelik'

Violin: 41391

Bearing its original label.

Back: One-piece, with flame slanting upwards from left to right

Varnish: Red, scarcely worn

Length of back: 35.25 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 11 cm

Lower bouts: 20.7 cm

There are 7 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Illustrated in The Strad, Sep. 1910 and Mar. 1998.

How Many Strads?, Doring, Bein & Fushi, Doring, Bein & Fushi, How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Chicago

‘One of our most prized possessions is Jan Kubelik’s old violin case... It used to hold the 1715 “Emperor” Stradivari... When he died in 1940 his son Rafael inherited the Stradivari but he wasn't a violin player so he used to store it in our shop.’

My Space – Jan Spidlen, The Strad, December, 2007, London


from 1833 Andrew Fountaine
until 1842 John Hart
1842-1872 Joseph Gillott
in 1872 Sold by Christie's
1872-1875 George Hart
1875-1907 George Haddock
1907-1912 Edgar Haddock
1910-1940 Jan Kubelík
1940-1996 Rafael Kubelík
from 1996 Current owner

Known players

Jan Kubelík, Ludmilla Bertlova, Yuuko Shiokawa

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London
  • Certificate: Hart & Son, London

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  • The Emperor' Stradivari, Hart & Son, London (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari in Japan, Shinichi Yokoyama, Gakken, Tokyo (illustrated)
  • ECM Records
  • Encyclopedia of Violin-Makers, Volume 2, Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn Ltd., London (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? - Supplemental
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • Italienische Geigenbauer (1957), Karel Jalovec, Artia, Prague, 1957 (illustrated)
  • Joseph Gillott, Cozio Carteggio feature, John Dilworth, Feb 2020
  • The Strad, March, 1988, Robin Brookeart, London (illustrated)
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Hamma & Co., Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven (illustrated)
  • My Space – Jan Spidlen, December 2007
  • Friedrich Brothers Rare Old Violins (1919), Ernest N. Doring, John Friedrich & Brothers, New York (illustrated)
  • Some Early Musical Recollections of G. Haddock, George Haddock, Schott & Co., London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, 1910, Edgar Haddock, London, Sep 1910 (illustrated)
  • The Stradivarius Memorial Association
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • The Violin: Its Famous Makers and their Imitators, George Hart, Dulau & Co., London (illustrated)
  • We Love Stradivari, NHK (illustrated)


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