Violin, "The Siberian," by Antonio Stradivari, 1709

Summary

In the 1920s, Henry Ford purchased several exquisite Italian violins, including this 1709 Stradivari. From the 1680s until the 1730s, Antonio Stradivari was the leading stringed-instrument maker in Cremona, Italy--an important center of stringed instrument production. Ford's 1709 violin was made during Stradivari's "golden era." It got its name--"the Siberian"--because it was once owned by a Russian amateur violinist who lived in Siberia.

In the 1920s, Henry Ford purchased several exquisite Italian violins, including this 1709 Stradivari. From the 1680s until the 1730s, Antonio Stradivari was the leading stringed-instrument maker in Cremona, Italy--an important center of stringed instrument production. Ford's 1709 violin was made during Stradivari's "golden era." It got its name--"the Siberian"--because it was once owned by a Russian amateur violinist who lived in Siberia.

Artifact

Violin

Date Made

1709

Creators

Stradivari, Antonio, d. 1737 

Place of Creation

Italy, Cremona 

Creator Notes

Made by Antonio Stradivari in Cremona, Italy.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

33.250.5

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Maple (Wood)
Spruce (Wood)

Technique

Handmade

Dimensions

Width: 8.188 in  (Lower Bouts)

Length: 14.125 in

Inscriptions

Paper label under left F hole: ANTONIUS STRADIVARIUS CREMONENIUS / FACIEBAT ANNO 1709

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