The Yale Stradivari is an especially important example in the extant oeuvre of its maker for two reasons. First, a second inscription, "at the age of 92," proudly appended to the label by the master in his own handwriting is one of the documents by which his birth date is established. Second, it is notable among Stradivari's surviving instruments for the remarkable state of preservation of its original varnish.
Label: "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 1736." The last three digits of the date are handwritten and are followed by the trademark of Stradivari, the initials A.S. flanking a cross.
One-piece back of maple with some figure at the bottom; ribs and scroll of similar wood. Reddish-brown varnish. Overall length 56.5cm; length of body 33.81cm.
Provenance: The Belle Skinner Collection
Accession No. 4700.1960