Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1683, the 'Cobbett, Holloway'

Violin: 40650

Bearing its original label.

Back: One-piece

Length of back: 35.7 cm

Upper bouts: 17 cm

Middle bouts: 11.4 cm

Lower bouts: 21 cm

There are 2 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


The "Cobbett" is made on a grand pattern with measurements that are very similar to large-form instruments made during his golden period (generally thought of as the years after 1700). The violin is illustrated in Herbert Goodkind's Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari and also in our recently updated and revised edition of How Many Strads? Our Legacy from the Master by Ernest Doring.

The material for the back and ribs is from a lively figured quarter-cut maple log used quite often by the maker during the period. The "Cobbett" is covered with a lustrous golden varnish of incomparable quality. The tone is vibrant and silky with tremendous carrying power.


from 1900 Walter Wilson Cobbett
until 1908 Robert Augustus Bower
from 1908 August Herrmann
in 1920 Sold by Emil Herrmann, Berlin
from 1920 Helen Teschner Tas
in 2009 Current owner

Known players

Chun-Wen Huang, Helen Teschner

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.)


  • Bein & Fushi 2004 Calendar, Bein & Fushi, Inc, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Bein & Fushi Catalog, No. 15 (2002), Bein & Fushi, Inc, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Fine Stringed Instruments Exhibition, Hong Kong, October 21-28, 2006
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Stradivarius Memorial Association
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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