Antonio Stradivari 1700 ca. VL Jupiter
The production date of this charming specimen has often been the subject of dispute. The violin bears an original label that states ‘Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 17--’, of which the last two digits are obscure. A first official date of production for the instrument was advanced by the violin maker Charles-Eugène Gand as being 1690, but afterwards his colleague Emil Herrmann noted that the year on the label was probably 1698. Nowadays a date of c.1700 is generally accepted.
Antonio Stradivari Set 1, Volume 2, Page 116