Santo Serafin, Venice, 1732, the 'Reiffenberg, Hoelscher'

Cello: 44081

Back: Two-piece with medium flames sloping downwards from the center joint

Top: of spruce with medium grain at the center, broadening towards the flanks

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Golden orange

Length of back: 73.0 cm

Upper bouts: 35.1 cm

Middle bouts: 23.6 cm

Lower bouts: 42.9 cm

There are 15 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Ludwig Hoelscher
Hugo Henri Reifenberg
until 1958 E. Herrmann Rare Violins, Inc
in 1958 Sold by Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
from 1958 Robert Sayre
from c. 1975 and in 2017 Current owner

Known players

Joanna de Keyser

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Wurlitzer, New York, NY "This outstanding example of the master's work with its original uncut dimensions is in a fine state of preservation."

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.)


  • Violins & Violinists, May-June, 1958, Max Möller, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964
  • Italienische Geigenbauer (1957), Karel Jalovec, Artia, Prague, 1957 (illustrated)
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Hamma & Co., Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10842
  • The Cello, Elizabeth Cowling, B. T. Batsford Ltd., London (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • Violin and Lute Makers of Venice, Stefano Pio, Venice Research, Venice (illustrated)


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