Antonio Stradivari 1708 VL Empress Caterina of Russia, Salzard
Of the thousand or more instruments Stradivari is thought to have built, a few ended up in the hands of the powerful minority that ruled over populations and vast empires. In considering these instruments, there is typically an acute fascination that derives from knowing their histories blend Stradivari’s legacy with those of some of the centuries’ most impressive figures. The ‘Empress Caterina of Russia’ is certainly of this mold.
Antonio Stradivari Set 1, Volume 2, Page 300