• ID: 251
  • Type: violin
  • Maker: Antonio Stradivari
  • Year built: 1714
  • City: Cremona
  • Name: Soil
Back: Two-piece
Varnish: Reddish-brown
Upper Bout: 16.8 cm.
Neck: original
Body Length: 35.8 cm.
Lower Bout: 20.8 cm.

Photos

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  • inside front
  • inside back
  • front
  • back
  • side

Iconography Index

"How Many Strads?", Ernest N. Doring, Violins & Violinists, January, 1947, 1947.: Black-and-white photos (front, back, side, scroll and f-hole).

"Ne Plus Ultra", John Dilworth, The Strad, December, 1987, 1987.: Color photos (front & back).

"Pearls of Wisdom", The Strad, April, 1989, 1989.: Color photos (front & back).

http://www.tarisio.com/archives/index.php: Digital color photos (front, back & scroll).

Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan, 1987.: Black-and-white photo (f-hole).

Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan, 1987.: Color photos (front & back).

Order Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Walter Hamma, Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven, 1993.: Black-and-white photos (front, back, scroll, f-hole & C-bout).

Stradivari, Stewart Pollens, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010.: Color photos (front, back, side & scroll).

The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C..: Black-and-white photos (front & back & inside of front & back).

The 'Secrets' of Stradivari, Simone F. Sacconi, Eric Blot Edizioni, Cremona, 2000.: Black-and-white photo (close-up of C-bout and corners & scroll block).

The Strad Calendar 2010: Violin Heroes, Newsquest, London, 2009.: Color photos (front & back).

Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972.: Black-and-white photos (front, back & scroll).

W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive.: Black-and-white photos (A66, Z180 - front, back, scroll & f-hole).

Notes

"In the opinion of many, this is the greatest sounding Stradivari of them all."
Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan, 1987.

Provenance

Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
Itzhak Perlman   1986       
Yehudi Menuhin   1950    1986   
Emil Herrmann      1950   
...         
J. Frank Otwell (Wilmington, Delaware)  1946       
Oscar Bondy (Vienna)  1911    1946   
Caressa & Francais (Paris)  1911    1911   
Amédée Soil (Tournai)  1874    1911   
...         
Massaloff (Moscow)  1859       
Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume (Paris)      1859   
...         

Current owner Current owner
Indicates that the owner is or was also a musician Indicates that the owner is or was also a musician

Players

Name Played From Played In Played To
Itzhak Perlman   1986     
Cho-Liang Lin   1981    1982 
Yehudi Menuhin   1950    1986 
...       

Current player Current player
Indicates that the musician is or was also an owner of one or more instruments. Indicates that the musician is or was also an owner of one or more instruments

Certificates

Certificate: Caressa & Francais, Paris, March 8, 1901

References

Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902.

Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan, 1987.

Caressa & Francais Notebook (c1900 - 1936), part of the Jacques Francais Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C..

How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945.

Order Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Walter Hamma, Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven, 1993.

Stradivari, Stewart Pollens, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010.

The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C..

The 'Secrets' of Stradivari, Simone F. Sacconi, Eric Blot Edizioni, Cremona, 2000.

The Strad Calendar 2010: Violin Heroes, Newsquest, London, 2009.

Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972.

W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive.

"How Many Strads? - Supplemental", Violins & Violinists, October-November, 1947, 1947.

"How Many Strads?", Ernest N. Doring, Violins & Violinists, January, 1947, 1947.

"Ne Plus Ultra", John Dilworth, The Strad, December, 1987, 1987.

"Pearls of Wisdom", The Strad, April, 1989, 1989.

http://www.sheilascorner.com/strad.html

http://www.stringsmagazine.com/issues/Strings98/CoverStory.html

http://www.tarisio.com/archives/index.php

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Dear Philip,

In the notes on instrument 251 you have quoted Charles Beare as follows:

"In the opinion of many, this is the greatest sounding Stradivari of them all. Bears Paolo Stradivaris initials ("P.S.") on the inner surface of the neck where it enters the peg-box."
Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan, 1987.

The second sentence, in reference to the neck of the violin, was never said by Beare and is not in the catalog you refer to. Beare said the following:
"The original neck of the instrument is preserved in the Stradivari Museum, and is shown with it."
The neck had been substituted many years ago and was donated to the Stradivari Museum by Simone Fernando Sacconi. This neck has initials on the end wall of the pegbox but they are the initials PG and not PS as suggested by the Hills in their book on Stradivari. Beare being a student of Sacconi could never have said such a thing.

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Bruce, thanks for notifying me about this embarrassing error.

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In reply to Bruce Carlson:

The letter in the pegbox of the 'Soil' violin is 'G', not 'PG' nor 'PS'.

Look in Sacconi's book.
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