Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1734, the 'Hercules, Ysaye, Szeryng, Kinor David, Semel'

Violin: 41564

Back: One-piece

Varnish: Golden amber with tinge of red

Length of back: 36.0 cm

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This instrument was stolen from Ysaÿe during a concert while was playing his 1740 Guarneri at the Imperial Theater in St. Petersburg in 1908. He had left his Strad in the dressing room unattended. It reappeared at a shop in Paris in 1925.

Lost Forever -- The Mystery of Stolen Violins, Leslie Sheppard, The Strad, September, 1977, London

Dated 1732.

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

"Although it [the Strad] possessed a warm and powerful sonority, Ysaÿe usually chose his Guarnerius for his concert-work since it was very much less fatiguing to play and also because he found that it was more responsive, in most conditions, to his temperament. The 'Strad' he regarded as an instrument for use in emergency and, as a general rule, he kept it within easy reach in the orchestra in case a string should break."

Ysaÿe, Antoine Ysaÿe, Ysaÿe, Great Missenden

Exhibited at the South Kensington Loane Exhibition in 1885.

Pizzicati, The Violin Times, December, 1895, London

"In 1972 Henryk Szeryng donated the instrument to the City of Jerusalem. According to his wish, the violin is to be played by the concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra."

Correspondence with Waltraud Szeryng


- Séméladis
- Sold by David Laurie
in 1885 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1888 Caspar Gottlieb Meier
- Hugo Heerman
until 1895 Pierre Nothomb
1895 - 1908 Eugène Ysaÿe
... ...
1925 - 1960 Charles Munch
1962 - 1972 Henryk Szeryng
from 1972 City of Jerusalem

Known players

Eugène Ysaÿe, Henryk Szeryng


  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Instruments
  • Correspondence with Waltraud Szeryng, October, 2008
  • Elective Affinities: Tributes to Antonio Stradivari by well-known players & experts
  • The Strad, May, 1978, Simon Collins, London
  • The Strad, September, 1977, Leslie Sheppard, London
  • The Violin Times, December, 1895, edited by E. Polanski, London
  • Reminiscences of a Fiddle Dealer
  • Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments (Facsimile of Gand's notes from 1870-91), Charles-Eugène Gand, Les Amis de la Musique, Spa
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York (illustrated)
  • Verkauf einer Stradivari-Geige, October 11, 1895
  • Ysaÿe, Antoine Ysaÿe, W. E. Hill & Sons, Great Missenden


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