Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1727, the 'Holroyd'

Violin: 41594

Bearing its original label, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 1727."

Back: Two-piece of narrow almost horizontal curl

Top: of medium grain

Scroll: plain

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Golden brown

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.75 cm

Middle bouts: 10.75 cm

Lower bouts: 20.75 cm


This was the personal instrument of William Ebsworth Hill in 1870.

The Gillott Del Gesu, Robert Lewin, The Strad, November, 1977, London


until 1870 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1870 Holroyd family
until 1953 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1953 Sir Leon Bagrit
in 1977 Sold by Sotheby's
from 1977 Howard Gottlieb
until 1982 Bein & Fushi, Inc
from 1982 Dr. William & Professor Judy Sloan
- Current owner

Known players

Andrea Cappelletti, Elmar Oliveira, Gabriel Kameda Koh

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (1985)
  • Letter: Peter Biddulph, London (1984)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1953)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1953)

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.)


  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Bein & Fushi 1982 Calendar, Bein & Fushi, Inc, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Christie's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, December 2, 1994, New York, Christie's, Christie's, New York (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
  • MERLIN CLASSICS | CD catalogue and independent record label
  • The Strad, December, 1987, John Dilworth, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 17, 1977, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, November, 1977, Robert Lewin, London (illustrated)


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