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  Stradivarius violins: chronological order

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breakingnews Stolen Stradivarius sells for £1.38m

December 2013 

The stolen Stradivarius violin that was taken from Euston station in 2010 has sold for £1.38million at auction.
It belonged to London-based violinist Min-Jin Kim. The instrument was recovered three years later by police in the Midlands.
Made in Cremona in Italy in 1696 by Antonio Stradivarius, it is one of an estimated 600 remaining instruments made by him.
The violin sold by the auction house Tarisio. Jason Price from Tarisio and musician Hannah Tarley explained why the violin is so special.

  Not a Stradivarius after all
A violin owned by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, thought to be the creation of Antonio Stradivari, has been found to be the work of another, lesser esteemed craftsman, Girolamo Amati. The reassignment of creator means that the estimated value of the instrument has fallen by at least half (more…

    David Edwards “miniature  Stradivarius” (more…)

  2011, A well-preserved Stradivarius violin has been sold in an online auction for £9.8m ($15.9m) to raise money for disaster relief in Japan.

The violin was made in 1721 and is known as the Lady Blunt after Lord Byron’s granddaughter Lady Anne Blunt who owned it for 30 years. It was sold by a music foundation in Japan for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in March.

The price is more than four times the previous record for a Stradivarius. Proceeds will go to the Nippon Foundation’s Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.
The violin was offered for sale by the Nippon Music Foundation, owner of some of the world’s finest Stradivari and Guarneri instruments.

8 April 2011: Man jailed for Stradivarius violin theft at Euston

A man has been jailed for four-and-a-half years for stealing a £1.2m Stradivarius violin at Euston station.
John Michael Maughan, 30, of no fixed address, and two boys, aged 15 and 16, took the instrument from a Korean-born classical musician, Min-Jin Kym. The 16-year-old was detained for 10 months. The younger boy will be sentenced at a later date. Maughan and the boys, from Tottenham, admitted the theft at Blackfriars Crown Court in March.

The case containing the 1696 violin, a £62,000 Peccatte bow and another bow worth £5,000, were taken on 29 November 2010 when their 32-year-old owner stopped to eat at a cafe outside the central London station. They have not been recovered (more…)

   £1.2m Stradivarius stolen as violin star buys a sandwich

A violin worth more than £1million was stolen from a brilliant musician when she stopped for a £2.95 sandwich. Internationally acclaimed violinist Min-Jin Kym, 32, was on her way to catch a train when her Stradivarius, which is more than 300 years old, was stolen by a gang of three opportunist thieves targeting passengers at Euston station in London. The instrument was in a black case which also contained two valuable bows.One of only 450 in the world, it will prove difficult to sell as dealers would immediately recognise its unique label and markings (more…)


Stradivarius violins

Ever wondered where in the world all of these priceless Stradivarius violins are located? Well now you know (sort of). Some of the whereabouts of Strad instruments is unknown, but here are the ones that we do know about:

ex-Back 1666
O: Royal Academy of Music
N&T: Currently displayed as part of Royal Academy’s York Gate Collection

Dubois 1667
O: Canimex Foundation
N&T: On loan to Alexandre da Costa

Aranyi 1667
O: Francis Aranyi (collector)
N&T: Sold at Sotheby’s London on November 12, 1986

ex-Captain Saville 1667
O: Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume; Captain Saville (1901-1907)

Amatese 1668
N&T: Though listed in many reference books as one of Stradivari’s earliest instruments, the modern consensus is that it is actually not a Stradivarius violin. It was sold Sotheby’s New York on February 3, 1982 as “an interesting violin.”

Oistrakh 1671
O: David Oistrakh
N&T: Stolen from the Museum of Musical Culture in Russia in May 1996 but recovered in 2001.

Sellière 1672
O: Charles IV of Spain

Spanish 1677
O: Finnish Cultural Foundation
N&T: On loan to Elina Vähälä

Hellier 1679
O: Sir Samuel Hellier
N&T: Held by the Smithsonian Institution

Paganini-Desaint 1680
O: Nippon Music Foundation; The collection of Mr & Mrs Rin Kei Mei
N&T: This violin along with the Paganini-Comte Cozio di Salabue violin of 1727, the Paganini-Mendelssohn viola 1731, and Paganini-Ladenburg cello of 1736, compose a group of instruments referred to as the Paganini Quartet; on loan to Kikuei Ikeda of the Tokyo String Quartet

Paganini-Desaint 1681
O: Reynier or Comte de Chesnais
N&T: Owned in 1949 by Lyon & Healey. Previously owned by Napoleon III, Leon Reynier and le Comte de Chesnais.

Fleming 1681

Bucher 1683
O: Josef Gingold
N&T: On loan to Judith Ingolfsson, a 26-year-old violinist from Iceland, who won the gold medal at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in 1998.

Cipriani Potter 1683

Cobbett; ex-Holloway 1683
N&T: On loan to Sejong brokered by the Stradivari Society

ex-Croall 1684
O: WestLB

ex-Elphinstone 1684

ex-Arma Senkrah 1685

ex-Castelbarco 1685

Goddard 1686
O: Miss Goddard; Antonio Fortunato

Ole Bull 1687
O: Ole Bull (1844);  Dr. Herbert Axelrod (1985-1997)
N&T: Donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 1997 by Herbert R. Axelrod. Now part of the Axelrod quartet.

Mercur-Avery 1687
O: 1688 The collection of Mr & Mrs Rin Kei Mei
N&T: On loan to Jonathan Carney, concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2002

Auer 1689
N&T: On loan to Vadim Gluzman brokered by the Stradivari Society

Arditi 1689
O: Dextra musica AS, Norway
N&T: On loan to Elise Båtnes, concertmaster, Oslo Philharmonic

O: Canada Council for the Arts
N&T: On loan to Judy Kang

Spanish I 1689
O: Patrimonio Nacional, Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain
N&T: date range 1687-1689; part of a duo of violins (Spanish I and II) referred to as los Decorados, and los Palatinos; also collectively known as del Cuarteto Real (The Royal Quartet) when included with the Spanish Court viola (1696) and cello (1694).

Spanish II 1689
O: Patrimonio Nacional, Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain
N&T: date range 1687-1689; part of a duo of violins (Spanish I and II) referred to as los Decorados, and los Palatinos; also collectively known as del Cuarteto Real (The Royal Quartet) when included with the Spanish Court viola (1696) and cello (1694).

Bingham 1690

Bennett 1692
O: Winterthur-Versicherungen
N&T: On loan to Hanna Weinmeister

Falmouth 1692
N&T: On loan to Leonidas Kavakos

Gould 1693
O: Metropolitan Museum of Art
N&T: Bequeathed by George Gould to the Metropolitan Museum in 1955

Harrison 1693
O: Richard Harrison; Henry Hottinger; Kyung-wha Chung
N&T: in the collection of the National Music Museum

Baillot-Pommerau 1694
N&T: Formerly owned by Arthur Catterall, then by Alfredo Campoli

Rutson 1694
O: Royal Academy of Music
N&T: on loan to Clio Gould

Fetzer 1695

Fetzer 1697
O: Edvin Marton
N&T: Dima Bilan, together with Evgeni Plushenko, and Edvin Marton playing his Stradivarius, won the Eurovision Song Contest 2008

Ex-Napoleon/Molitor Stradivarius 1697

Ms.Meyers recently acquired the Ex-Napoleon/Molitor Stradivarius dated 1697. The violin belonged to one of France’s legendary beauties, Madame Juliette Recamier, and then passed to Count Joseph Molitor, a General in Napoleon’s Army. The violin also passed through Napoleon Bonaparte’s hands-you can read about its provenance here. Ms.Meyers also owns the “Royal Spanish” made in 1730 by the legendary Italian maker Antonio Stradivari (1644 –1737). The “Royal Spanish” earned its name because it previously belonged to the King of Spain.

October 14, 2010, a 1697 Stradivarius violin known as ‘The Molitor’ was sold online by Tarisio Auctions for a world-record price of $3,600,000 to renowned concert violinist Anne Akiko Meyers. The price is the highest on record for any musical instrument sold at auction.

Cabriac 1698

Baron Knoop 1698
N&T: One of eleven Stradivari violins associated with Baron Johann Knoop

Joachim 1698
O: Royal Academy of Music

Duc de Camposelice 1699
O: unknown

Lady Tennant; Lafont 1699
O: Charles Phillipe Lafont;
N&T: on loan to Xiang Gao brokered by the Stradivari Society; sold at Christie’s auction US$2.032 million, April 2005 Marguerite Agaranthe Tennant

Longuet 1699

Countess Polignac 1699
N&T: On loan to Gil Shaham.

Castelbarco 1699
O: Library of Congress
N&T: Presented by Gertrude Clarke Whittall

Kustendyke 1699
O: Royal Academy of Music

Crespi 1699
O: Royal Academy of Music

The Penny 1700
O: Barbara Penny

Dragonetti 1700
O: Nippon Music Foundation
N&T: Formerly owned by Alfredo Campoli.
This violin is one of the very few instruments which still retain its original neck. Its name is taken from the owner, Domenico Dragonetti (1763-1846), who was an Italian virtuoso double bass player. Dragonetti formed a large collection of double basses, violins, cellos, harps and guitars. Just prior to the Foundation’s acquisition, this violin was played by the renowned violinist, Frank Peter Zimmerman (1965- ) throughout the world.

Jupiter 1700
O: Giovanni Battista Viotti;

Taft ex-Emil Heermann 1700
O: Canada Council for the Arts
N&T: on loan to Renée-Paule Gauthier

Dushkin 1701
N&T: on loan to Dennis Kim, concertmaster, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

Markees 1701
O: Music Chamber

Irish 1702
O: Pohjola Bank Art Foundation, Finland
N&T: on loan to Antti Tikkanen

Conte de Fontana; ex-Oistrach 1702
O: David Oistrakh (1953-1963); Riccardo Brengola; Pro Canale Foundation
N&T: Oistrakh’s first violin; on loan to Mariana Sirbu

Lukens; Edler Voicu 1702
O: A.W. Lukens; Jon Voicu; Romania Culture Ministry
N&T: on loan to Alexandru Tomescu through 2012

King Maximilian Joseph 1702

Lyall 1702

Antonio Stradivari 1703
O: Bundesrepublik Deutschland
N&T: on exhibit at Musikinstrumentenmuseum, Berlin

La Rouse Boughton 1703
O: Österreichische Nationalbank
N&T: on loan to Boris Kuschnir of the Kopelman Quartet

Lord Newlands 1702
O: Nippon Music Foundation
N&T: on loan to Toru Yasunaga
This violin was named after the owner, Lord Newlands (1890-1929), who treasured it throughout his life. While this violin was in the care of W.E.Hill & Sons of London between 1964 and 1982, it was exhibited at the CINOA Exhibit of Bath in 1973 as the most outstanding violin in the Hill Collection. According to the world virtuoso violinist Isaac Stern (1920-2001) who once played this violin, “Lord Newlands” has the same power as his “del Gesu” violins.

Allegretti 1703

Alsager 1703

Lady Harmsworth 1703
O: Paul Bartel
N&T: on loan to Kristof Barati brokered by the Stradivari Society

Maj 2010 – Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester. Kvällens solist var Kristof Barati som spelade Paganinis violinkonsert nr 5 a-moll. Grymt skicklig violinist och vilket ljud i hans fiol. Han spelade på en Stradivarius som kallas Lady Harmsworth

Emiliani 1703
O: Anne-Sophie Mutter

ex-Foulis 1703
N&T: on loan to Karen Gomyo

Betts 1704
O: U.S. Library of Congress
N&T: Presented by Gertrude Clarke Whittall

Sleeping Beauty 1704
O: L-Bank Baden-Wurttemberg
N&T: on loan to Isabelle Faust. One of the few Stradivari violins to have retained original neck.

ex-Marsick; ex-Oistrach 1705
O: David Oistrach
N&T: acquired in trade by Oistrach for the 1702 Conte di Fontana

ex-Tadolini 1706
O: The collection of Mr & Mrs Rin Kei Mei

ex-Brüstlein 1707
O: Österreichische Nationalbank

La Cathédrale 1707

Hammer 1707
O: Christian Hammer (collector)
N&T: sold at Christie’s New York on 16 May 2006 for a record US$3,544,000 (€2,765,080) after five minutes of bidding

The Hammer Stradivarius violin, measures 36cm and bears the label inside:. Dating from 1707, It was made during Stradivari’s ‘golden’ period. The Hammer was so called as it was once owned by a Swedish collector Christian Hammer who is the first recorded owner. Latterly it found its way the United States and into the ownership of a music teacher, Bernard Sinsheimer but in 1992, it was acquired by a Japanese oil company.

Burstein; Bagshawe 1708
N&T: owned by the Jacobs family, loaned to Jeff Thayer, San Diego Symphony concertmaster

Huggins 1708
O: Nippon Music Foundation
N&T: The name of this violin is taken from the ownership by William Huggins (1824-1910), a well-known English astronomer in the 1880s. Since 1997, this violin has been slated to the first-prize winner of The Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Belgium for four years until the next competition takes place. The winners of the previous Competitions are Nikolaj Znaider of Denmark (1997), Baiba Skride of Latvia (2001), Sergey Khachatryan of Armenia (2005), Ray Chen of Australia (2009).

Ruby 1708
N&T: on loan to Chen Xi brokered by the Stradivari Society

Strauss 1708
N&T: on loan to Chee-Yun brokered by the Stradivari Society

Greffuhle 1709
N&T: Donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 1997 by Herbert R. Axelrod. Now part of the Axelrod quartet.

Berlin Hochschule 1709

Hammerle; ex-Adler 1709
O: Österreichische Nationalbank
N&T: on loan to Werner Hink

Ernst 1709
N&T: on loan to Zsigmondy Dénes through 2003

Engleman 1709
O: Nippon Music Foundation
N&T: on loan to Lisa Batiashvili
This violin was once owned by the family of a naval officer Commander Young until his death in the World War II. The Young family had retained possession of the violin for almost 150 years, which is reflected in its superior condition. Nippon Music Foundation acquired this violin from an American amateur violinist and collector Ephraim Engleman, hence the name “Engleman”.

King Maximilian; Unico 1709
O: Axel Springer Foundation
N&T: on loan to Michel Schwalbé, concert master of the Berlin Philharmonic (1966-1986); reported stolen in 1999

Viotti; ex-Bruce 1709
O: Royal Academy of Music
N&T: purchased in 2005 for GB£3.5 million

Marie Hall 1709
O: Giovanni Battista Viotti; The Chi-Mei Collection
N&T: named after the violinist, Marie Hall

ex-Kempner 1709
N&T: on loan to Soovin Kim

Camposelice 1710
O: Nippon Music Foundation
N&T: on loan to Kyoko Takezawa
The name of this violin is derived from an owner in France in the 1880s by the name of Duke of Camposelice, who was a well-known Stradivarius collector. In 1894, the violin was sold to Mrs. Jack Gardner, who founded the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Mrs. Gardner presented the violin to Martin Loeffler, composer and violinist, who played and kept it from 1894 to 1928. In 1937, this violin was exhibited at the prestigious Cremona Exhibition by Dr. Kuhne who owned a collection of instruments. It was in the hands of a Belgian amateur player who kept it for over thirty years and it is from his heir that the Foundation acquired this instrument.

Lord Dunn-Raven 1710
O: Anne-Sophie Mutter

ex-Roederer 1710
N&T: on loan to David Grimal.

ex-Vieuxtemps 1710
N&T: on loan to Samuel Magad, concertmaster, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

the Lady Inchiquin 1711
O: previously owned by Fritz Kreisler
N&T: played by Frank Peter Zimmermann, a German banking company, WestLB AG, bought it for his use.

Earl of Plymouth; Kreisler 1711
O: Los Angeles Philharmonic
N&T: found in store room on the estate of the Earl of Plymouth along with The Messiah and Alard violins in 1925; purchased by Fritz Kreisler in 1928 and subsequently sold by him in 1946

Liegnitz 1711
N&T: previously owned by Szymon Goldberg

Le Brun 1712
O: Niccolò Paganini; Charles LeBrun; Otto Senn;
N&T: sold at Sotheby’s auction 13 November 2001

Karpilowsky 1712
O: Harry Solloway
N&T: missing: stolen in 1953 from Solloway’s residence in Los Angeles

Schreiber 1713

Antonio Stradivari 1713

Boissier 1713

Daniel 1713
N&T: on loan to Jhon Paul Reynols

Gibson; ex-Huberman 1713
O: Bronis?aw Huberman; Joshua Bell
N&T: stolen twice from Huberman

Lady Ley 1713
O: Stradivarius family
N&T: now bought by Jue Yao – Chinese violinist

Wirt 1713

Dolphin; Delfino 1714
O: Jascha Heifetz; Nippon Music Foundation
N&T: on loan to Akiko Suwanai
This violin is perhaps one of the most famous violins known today. It is recognized as one of the top three violins made by Stradivari along with 1715 “Alard” and 1716 “Messiah”. This instrument was once owned and played by the world famous virtuoso Jascha Heifetz (1900-1987). The owner in the late 1800s, George Hart, who was an instrument dealer in London, named the violin “Dolphin” as its striking appearance and colour of its back reminded him of a dolphin.

Soil 1714
O: Amédée Soil; Yehudi Menuhin; Itzhak Perlman
N&T: Subject of the Quest “Agatha’s Song” in the video game Fallout 3.

ex-Berou; ex-Thibaud 1714

Le Maurien 1714
N&T: missing: stolen 2002

Leonora Jackson 1714

Sinsheimer; General Kyd; Perlman 1714
O: Itzhak Perlman, David L. Fulton

Smith-Quersin 1714
O: Österreichische Nationalbank
N&T: on loan to Rainer Honeck

Alard-Baron Knoop 1715

Baron Knoop; ex-Bevan 1715

ex-Bazzini 1715

Cremonese; ex-Harold, Joseph Joachim 1715
O: Municipality of Cremona

Duke of Cambridge; Ex-Pierre Rode 1715
O: NPO “Yellow Angel”
N&T: on loan to Ryu Goto

Joachim 1715
O: Nippon Music Foundation
N&T: on loan to Sayaka Shoji
This is one of the five 1715 violins once owned by the famed Hungarian violinist, Joseph Joachim (1831-1907). This violin was later bequeathed to Joachim’s great-niece Adela d’Aranyi, who was a violinist and a pupil of Joachim. Therefore, the violin is also known as “Joachim-Aranyi”. This violin had since remained in the same family until Nippon Music Foundation acquired the instrument.

Lipinski 1715
N&T: on loan to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, Frank Almond

2014 Theft: On January 27, 2014, a Monday, at around 10:20 pm (22:20 CST), Almond was assaulted with a stun gun and the violin, along with two bows, were stolen during an armed robbery in a parking lot in the rear of Wisconsin Lutheran College on W. Wisconsin Ave. Almond had just performed at Wisconsin Lutheran as part of his “Frankly Music” series.
On 31 January 2014, a US$100,000 reward was announced for the return of the violin. Milwaukee police worked with international police organizations on recovery efforts. The original getaway vehicle and violin case, were both found a short time after the original attack, which appeared to have been carefully planned in advance
Three suspects were arrested by Milwaukee police on February 3rd;on February 6th, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn announced that the violin had been recovered.

ex-Marsick 1715
N&T: on loan to James Ehnes

Titian 1715
O: Jacob Lynam

Cessole 1716

Berthier 1716
O: Baron Vecsey de Vecse; Franco Gulli

Booth 1716
O: Nippon Music Foundation
N&T: on loan to Shunsuke Sato; formerly loaned to Arabella Steinbacher; formerly loaned to Julia Fischer
The name “Booth” comes from Mrs. Booth, an English lady. She purchased the violin about 1855 to form a quartet of Stradivari instruments for her two sons who showed considerable talent when young. In 1931, the violin passed into the hands of Mischa Mischakoff (1896-1981), a celebrated American violinist, and in 1961, the violin became a part of the Hottinger Collection in New York. The violin enjoys a very good reputation for excellent quality of tone and power and good state of preservation. The Foundation acquired this violin in 1999.

Colossus 1716
N&T: Stolen in 1998, missing ever since

Duranti 1716
O: Mariko Senju

Monasterio 1716
N&T: Cyrus Forough

Provigny 1716

Messiah-Salabue 1716
O: Ashmolean Museum Oxford
N&T: on exhibit at the Oxford Ashmolean Museum

ex-Windsor-Weinstein; Fite 1716
O: Canada Council for the Arts
N&T: on loan to Caroline Chéhadé

Baron Wittgenstein 1716
O: The Bulgarian state
N&T: on loan to Mincio Mincev since 1979

Gariel 1717

ex-Wieniawski 1717

Kochanski 1717
O: Pierre Amoyal
N&T: Stolen in 1987, recovered in 1991

Sasserno 1717
O: Nippon Music Foundation
N&T: on loan to Viviane Hagner
The name of this violin is taken from a French owner in 1845, Comte de Sasserno. In 1894, it was acquired by a violinist Otto Peiniger, who in turn sold it to Pickering Phipps, owner of a well-known brewery in England.In 1906, this violin was passed into the hands of an English industrialist John Summers and was well-preserved in his family for 93 years.

Viotti; ex-Rosé 1718
O: Giovanni Battista Viotti;
N&T: on loan to Volkhard Steude Österreichische Nationalbank

Chanot-Chardon 1718
O: Timothy Baker; Joshua Bell
N&T: shaped like a guitar; on loan to Simone Lamsma

Firebird; ex-Saint Exupéry 1718
O: Salvatore Accardo
N&T: name is taken from the colouration of the varnish and its brilliant sound.

Marquis de Riviere 1718
O: Daniel Majeske
N&T: played by Majeske while concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1969-1993

San Lorenzo 1718
O: Georg Talbot
N&T: on loan to David Garrett, while his Guadagnini is repaired. Initial news reports erroneously stated it was the San Lorenzo he had smashed.

ex-Count Vieri 1718
O: The collection of Mr & Mrs Rin Kei Mei

Lauterbach 1719
O: Johann Christoph Lauterbach; J.B. Vuillaume; Charles Philippe Lafont

Madrileño 1720

von Beckerath 1720
O: Michael Antonello

Sinsheimer; Iselin 1721
N&T: reported stolen near Hanover, Germany in 2008; recovered in 2009.

Lady Blunt 1721
O: Paolo Stradivari.It has also been owned by several well-known collectors and experts including WE Hill & Son, Jean Baptiste Vuillaume, the Baron Johann Knoop and Sam Bloomfield.
N&T: Once owned by Lady Anne Blunt, the daughter of the Earl of Lovelace and granddaughter of the famous poet Byron, the instrument bears the name. The freshness of preservation is outstanding, deserving to rank with 1716 “Le Messiah” at the Ashmolean Museum, and 1690 “Tuscan”. The original beck and bass bar are preserved. The initials P.S. in the pegbox were inscribed by Paolo, Antonio Stradivari’s son.
2011, sold for £9.8m at charity auction (more…)

Jean-Marie Leclair 1721
O: Jean-Marie Leclair;
N&T: on loan to Guido Rimonda

Red Mendelssohn 1721
O: Mendelssohn Family; Elizabeth Pitcairn
N&T: inspiration for the 1998 film, The Red Violin

The Macmillan 1721
N&T: On Loan to Ray Chen through Young Concert Artists

Artot 1722

Jules Falk 1723
O: Viktoria Mullova

Jupiter; ex-Goding 1722
O: Nippon Music Foundation
N&T: on loan to Daishin Kashimoto; formerly Midori Goto
This violin has been in caring hands who appreciated its quality, and therefore it is a well-preserved example of Stradivari’s work. It is believed that a great English collector James Goding named the violin “Jupiter” in the early 1800s. For a period of time, this instrument was performed by the world acclaimed Japanese violinist Midori Goto (1971- ).

Laub-Petschnikoff 1722

Elman 1722
O: Chi Mei Museum

Cádiz 1722
O: Joseph Fuchs
N&T: on loan to Jennifer Frautschi; named after the city of Cádiz, Spain.

Kiesewetter; “Ex Keisewetter” 1723
O: Clement and Karen Arrison
N&T: on loan to Philippe Quint brokered by the Stradivari Society. Left by Quint in taxi on 21 April 2008, and recovered the following day.

Earl Spencer 1723
N&T: on loan to Nicola Benedetti

Le Sarasate 1724
O: Musée de la Musique, Paris
N&T: bequeathed to the Conservatory by Pablo de Sarasate

Brancaccio 1725
O: Destroyed in an allied air raid on Berlin.
N&T: owned by Carl Flesch, until 1928 where it was sold to Franz von Mendelssohn, banker and amateur violinist.

Chaconne 1725
O: Österreichische Nationalbank
N&T: on loan to Rainer Küchel

Leonardo da Vinci 1725
O: Da Vinci family

Wilhelmj 1725
O: Nippon Music Foundation
N&T: on loan to Baiba Skride;
The name of this violin is derived from a German violinist August Wilhelmj (1845-1908), who came to possess this instrument in 1866. This violin was Wilhelmj’s favorite among many precious violins he owned. After 30 years of playing this instrument, Wilhelmj sold this violin to his pupil in America as he made the decision to “quit when at my best”.

Greville; Kreisler; Adams 1726
O: Fritz Kreisler;Baron Deurbroucq (The Hague)(1870);Robert Crawford (Edinburgh);W.E. Hill & Sons (1902);

Baron Deurbroucq 1727
O: Hans Wessely (1903-1926);David D. Walton (Boston) (1926);Emil Herrmann (19??-1945);Fredell Lack (1945-present)

Barrere 1727
N&T: on loan to Janine Jansen brokered by the Stradivari Society

Davidoff-Morini 1727
N&T: Stolen in 1995, missing ever since

ex-General Dupont 1727
O: Arthur Grumiaux
N&T: on loan to Jennifer Koh

Holroyd 1727

Kreutzer 1727
O: Maxim Vengerov
N&T: one of four Stradivari violins with the sobriquet Kreutzer (1701, 1720, 1731)

Ex Reynier” or “Le Reynier”; Hart; ex-Francescatti 1727
O: Societe LVMH (Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton) since 1993 or1994; Salvatore Accardo.
N&T: Named after Leon Reynier who won at the Concervatoire de Paris in 1847. Has been lent to Maxim Vengerov.

Paganini-Comte Cozio di Salabue 1727
O: Nippon Music Foundation
N&T: 1727 violin (1st violin), the Paganini-Desaint violin of 1680 (2nd violin), the Paganini-Mendelssohn viola of 1731, the Paganini-Ladenburg cello of 1736. This internationally renowned quartet is one of Stradivari’s six sets of quartet known to exist today. It was once owned and played by the Italian virtuoso violinist and composer, Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840), hence the name “Paganini Quartet”. It is a known fact that Paganini was especially impressed with the sound quality of the viola that he commissioned a French composer Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) to write a piece for viola and orchestra. As a result, the symphony Harold in Italy was composed for this viola. Nippon Music Foundation acquired this set of quartet from the Corcoran Gallery of Arts in Washington D.C. in 1994. The Foundation only loans these four instruments as a set of quartet and they are currently on loan to the Tokyo String Quartet (on loan to Martin Beaver)

Halphen 1727
O: Angelika Prokopp Private Foundation
N&T: on loan to Eckhard Seifert

Vesuvius 1727
O: Antonio Brosa Remo Lauricella Town of Cremona

A. J. Fletcher; Red Cross Knight 1728
O: A. J. Fletcher Foundation
N&T: on loan to Nicholas Kitchen of the Borromeo String Quartet; the instrument was made by Omobono Stradivarius

Artot-Alard 1728
O: Endre Balogh
N&T: a bench copy of this instrument was produced in 1996 by Gregg Alf and Joseph Curtin, using modern materials and methods; Balogh performs on both the 1728 original and the replica.

Dragonetti; Milanollo 1728
O: Giovanni Battista Viotti
N&T: on loan to Corey Cerovsek

Perkins 1728
O: Los Angeles Philharmonic
N&T: named after Frederick Perkins, formerly owned by Luigi Boccherini

Benny 1729
O: Jack Benny; Los Angeles Philharmonic
N&T: bequeathed to the Los Angeles Philharmonic by Jack Benny

Solomon, ex-Lambert 1729
O: Murray Lambert; Seymour Solomon
N&T: sold at Christie’s, New York for US$2,728,000 (€2,040,000)

Innes 1729
N&T: on loan to Eugen Sarbu; previously loaned to Wieniawski

Guarneri 1729
O: Canada Council for the Arts
N&T: on loan to Nikki Chooi

Royal Spanish 1730
O: Anne Akiko Meyers
N&T: once owned by the King of Spain

Lady Jeanne 1731
O: Donald Kahn Foundation
N&T: on loan to Benjamin Schmid

Garcin 1731
O: Jules Garcin; Sidney Harth

Heifetz-Piel 1731
O: Rudolph Piel; Jascha Heifetz

Baillot 1732
O: Fondazione Casa di Risparmio
N&T: lent to Giuliano Carmignola for the DG recording of Vivaldi: Concertos for Two Violins

Duke of Alcantara 1732
O: an obscure Spanish nobleman described as an aide-de-camp of King Don Carlos; UCLA
N&T: Genevieve Vedder donated the instrument to the University of California at Los Angeles’ (UCLA) music department in the 1960s. In 1967, the instrument was on loan to David Margetts. Whether it was left on the roof of his car or stolen is uncertain, but for 27 years the violin was considered missing until it was recovered from an amateur violinist who claimed to have found it on a freeway. A settlement was made and the Stradivarius was returned to UCLA in 1995

Herkules 1732
O: Eugène Ysaÿe
N&T: missing: stolen in Russia in 1908

Red Diamond 1732
O: Louis Von Spencer IV

Tom Taylor 1732
N&T: previously loaned to Joshua Bell

Des Rosiers 1733
O: Angèle Dubeau

Huberman; Kreisler 1733
O: Bronislaw Huberman; Fritz Kreisler

Khevenhüller 1733
O: Yehudi Menuhin

Rode 1733

Ames 1734
N&T: missing: stolen in 1981

Baron Feilitzsch; Heermann 1734
O: Baron Feilitzsch; Hugo Heerman; Gidon Kremer

Habeneck 1734
O: Royal Academy of Music

Herkules; Ysaye; ex-Szeryng; King David 1734
O: Eugène Ysaÿe; Charles Münch; Henryk Szeryng; State of Israel

Lord Amherst of Hackney 1734
O: Fritz Kreisler

Lamoureux; ex Zimbalist 1735
N&T: missing: stolen

Muntz 1736
O: Nippon Music Foundation
N&T: on loan to Arabella Steinbacher
The label attached to this instrument bears an inscription, “92 years old”, handwritten by Stradivari himself. It has a first class reputation for its excellent condition and tonal quality. This violin takes its name from a famous collector and amateur violinist, H.M.Muntz of Birmingham, England, who owned this violin in the late 1800s. This is one of the last instruments made by Stradivari, who passed away in 1737. 

ex.Roussy 1736
O: Chisako Takashima

Comte d’Amaille 1737

Lord Norton 1737

Chant du Cygne; Swan Song 1737
O: Ivry Gitlis


=Violin Name (Many Strad violins have a code name or sobriquet)
O =Owner
N&T (Notes and Trivia – Some interesting facts about the instruments)



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