Jacob Stainer, Absam, 1670, the 'Siegert, King'

Violin: 40010

Manuscript label "Jacobus Stainer in Absam prope Oenipontum 1659"

Back: Two-piece

Scroll: carved head of a lion

Length of back: 35.4 cm

There are 6 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


- A. D. Siegert
- Sold by Hamma & Co.
- Wurlitzer
1921 - 1954 Emil Herrmann
1954 - 1965 Henry Hottinger
- Nordberger Collection
until 1968 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
from 1968 Cho-Ming Sin
in 2011 Sold by Sotheby's

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Jacques Francais, New York, NY (1980) #2214
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1968) Referring to the violin as "the finest example known to us."
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann (1954) Refers to the violin as "The King of all the Stainers". ". . . The finest specimen of this famous maker known to me.. Of unsurpassable workmanship and in mint condition."
  • Letter: Emil Herrmann (1954) Describing the violin as "my treasured possession for 33 years."

Cozio holds copies of many certificates and other documents, some of which are available to view on request. Please contact us if you wish to view a particular document. (Note that we do not always have permission to share documents.)


  • A Thousand Mornings of Music, Arnold Gingrich, Crown Publishers, New York, 1970 (illustrated)
  • Henry Hottinger Collection (illustrated)
  • Jakob Stainer: Leben und Werk des Tiroler Meisters, Walter Senn & Karl Roy, Verlag E. Bochinsky, Frankfurt, 1986 (illustrated)
  • Meister Deutscher Geigenbaukunst, Fridolin Hamma, Schuler Verlag, Stuttgart, 1947 (illustrated)
  • Rare Violins in the Possession of Emil Herrmann: 1926-7, Emil Herrmann, Berlin, 1927 (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, March 8, 2011, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, December, 1943, C. E. Mertzanoff, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1943
  • The Violin: Its physical and acoustic principles, Paolo Peterlongo, Paul Elek, London, 1979 (illustrated)


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