Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1714, the 'Batta'

Cello: 40279

Bearing its original label.

Back: Two-piece

Length of back: 75.6 cm

Upper bouts: 34.6 cm

Lower bouts: 44.1 cm

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"While all other instruments I had played prior to the "Batta" differed one from the other in character and range, I knew their qualities, shortcomings, or their capriciousness enough to exploit their good capabilities to full advantage. Not so with the "Batta," whose prowess had no limitations. Bottomless in its resources, it spurred me on to try to reach its depths, and I have never worked harder or desired anything more fervently than to draw out of this superior instrument all it has to give. Only then will I deserve to be its equal." – Gregor Piatigorsky

Cellist, Chapter Twenty-nine


until 1836 J. P. Thibout
1836 - 1893 Alexander Batta
in 1893 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1893 Baron Johann Knoop
until 1906 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1906 Ernest Illingworth Holden
until 1922 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1922 Percy C. Aykroyd
until 1928 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1928 Harry J. Peters
until 1945 Horace Havemeyer
from 1945 Dr. Daniel Catlin
from 1956 Gregor Piatigorsky
in 2003 Current owner

Known players

Alexandre Batta, Gregor Piatigorsky

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann, New York, New York, NY

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.)


  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan (illustrated)
  • Cellist, Chapter Twenty-nine
  • Stradivari, Stewart Pollens, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, September-October, 1954, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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