Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1731, the 'Heifetz, Piel'

Violin: 41561

Altered to read 1711.

Back: Two-piece of faint broad curl, showing various sap marks

Top: of well-defined and rather open grain

Ribs: of more pronounced figure

Varnish: Orange-brown

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 11 cm

Lower bouts: 20.6 cm


until 1876 Merton
in 1876 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
1876-1879 J. C. C. McCaul
from 1879 W. E. Hill & Sons
until 1899 Janson
Sold by John & Arthur Beare
in 1899 Sold by Hamma & Co.
from 1899 Rudolph Piel
1925-1950 Jascha Heifetz
... ...
from 1950 and in 1959 Current owner

Known players

Jascha Heifetz

Certificates & Documents

  • Letter: Alfred E. Hill, London

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  • Antonio Stradivari and His Instruments, William Henley, Amati Publishing, Ltd., Sussex, 1961
  • Violins & Violinists, January-February, 1951, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964
  • Italienische Geigenbauer (1957), Karel Jalovec, Artia, Prague, 1957 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, April, 1959, London (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Box 43 (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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