Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1726, the 'Marquis de Corberon, Loeb'

Cello: 40655

Back: One-piece, of willow, with a prominent knot in the upper center

Top: of wide-grain spruce marked with strong winter growth lines

Scroll: of beech wood

Ribs: of willow

Varnish: Dark orange

Length of back: 75.9 cm

Upper bouts: 34 cm

Middle bouts: 23.2 cm

Lower bouts: 43.3 cm

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"It is first recorded as belonging to the Marquis de Corberon, a member of the French aristocracy, in the 18th century, but the nobleman and his family did not share the cello's good fortune and perished in the revolution of 1789, while this fine Strad found its way in to the hands of a Monsieur Loeb of Paris. . . "

French connection, David Rattray, The Strad, February, 2003, London


until 1789 Marquis de Corberon
J. Loeb
until 1907 Hugo Becker
from 1907 Elizabeth Chapman
until 1960 Audrey Melville
from 1960 Royal Academy of Music, London

Known players

Colin Carr, Steven Isserlis, Zara Nelsova

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey (2000) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1702.

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.)


  • The Strad 2011 Calendar: Cello Heroes, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari - Catalogue of the 2008 Exhibit in Montpelier, Peter Biddulph, Frédéric Chaudière & John Dilworth, Musée Fabre / Actes Sud, Montpelier (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • The Strad, February, 2003, David Rattray, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • Masterpieces of Italian Violin Making, David Rattray, Outline Press, London (illustrated)
  • Museum & Collections - What’s on - Royal Academy of Music
  • The 'Secrets' of Stradivari, Simone Fernando Sacconi, Eric Blot Edizioni, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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