Santo Serafin, Venice, 1743, the 'Baron Knoop, Segelman'

Violin: 43321

Bearing its original label, "Sanctus Seraphin, Utinensis Fecit Venetiis Ann. 1743."

Branded to the lower rib, "Santo Serafin."

Back: in two-pieces of quarter sawn maple with pronounced flame of medium width descending from the centre joint.

Top: in two pieces of spruce with fine grain of narrow width widening to the edges.

Scroll: of wood similar to the back. Bearing its original neck, re-angled at the heel.

Ribs: of wood similar to the back.

Length of back: 35.8 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 11.6 cm

Lower bouts: 20.7 cm

There are 28 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


until c. 1865 George Corsby
in 1866 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
1866 - 1884 Charles Crespin
in 1884 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1885 William Edwards
... ...
in 1895 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1895 Baron Johann Knoop
until 1920 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1920 Frederick Popple
in 1943 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1943 David McCallum
until 1944 Albert Arnold
1944 - 1992 Gerald Segelman
in 1992 Sold by Peter Biddulph
in 1992 Anonymous
in 1993 Sold by Bein & Fushi, Inc
1993 - 2000 Anonymous
in 2000 Sold by Bein & Fushi, Inc
from 2000 Anonymous
in 2006 Sold by Bein & Fushi, Inc
2006 - 2013 Anonymous
until 2012 Anonymous
in 2012 Sold by Tarisio Private Sales
from 2012 Anonymous
from 2013 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Bein & Fushi, Inc (photocopy), Chicago, IL (2006) The violin is the finest example of the maker's known to us and is in an excellent state of preservation, still retaining the original neck.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1943)

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 1996 Calendar, Bein & Fushi, Inc, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Hamma & Co., Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven (illustrated)
  • Mr Black's Violins: The extraordinary obsession of Gerald Segelman, Andrew Hooker, Cozio Publishing, Boston (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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