Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1706, the 'Corbett'

Violin: 41461

Bearing its original label, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis faciebat Anno 1706."

Back: One-piece with an irregular medium curl sloping downwards from the right

Top: Pine of fine grain at the center and opening out towards the flanks

Scroll: Almost plain

Ribs: Slightly smaller curl; the initials "W.C." are stamped on the lower left rib just over the bottom block

Varnish: Golden orange

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 10.95 cm

Lower bouts: 20.8 cm

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


"On his death in 1740, Corbett's instruments were bequeathed to Gresham College, but the College authorities rejected the gift on the ground that there was no room for the instruments at the college. Consequently, the instruments were sold at auction in 1751."

The 'Corbett' Strad, The Strad, December, 1970, London

Previously incorrectly associated with Mrs Arthur Kendell Stothert.


1710 - 1748 William Corbett
until 1887 Reverend H. E. Brooke
1887 - 1888 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1888 Mr Cheetham
- Miss Cheetham (Mrs Dremel)
until 1899 W. E. Hill & Sons
until 1967 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1968 Boyd Davie
in 1974 Sold by Sotheby's
1974 - 1981 Soren Nordemalm
from 1981 Jacques Français
until 1982 Young-Uck Kim
from 1982 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Letter: Charles Beare, London (2008) To Steven Smith. Quotes the Hills as claiming that the instrument had once belonged to an "old baronetcy of the name of Chetwood."
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1968) "... the head being characteristic of an earlier period of the master's work."
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann, New York, New York, NY (1915)

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
  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, June 6, 1974, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, December, 1970, London (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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