David Tecchler, Rome, 1713, the 'Wahl, Soyer'

Cello: 51543

Labeled, "David Tecchler fecit, Rome anno dni 17.."

Back: Two-piece

Length of back: 74.6 cm

Upper bouts: 35.1 cm

Middle bouts: 24.8 cm

Lower bouts: 44.0 cm

There are 4 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


"Although he made larger cellos, this one has been exquisitely cut down to a manageable size."

The Robertson Collection, May, 2009, The Robertson Collection, May, 2009

"The history of this cello, as far as is known to us, is a brief one. It was when we first heard of it in a Finnish collection in the name of Harry Wahl. He owned many extraoridnarily fine instruments, and this instrument we believe same to him from Germany. It was sold to him as a Montagnana, and considering the unusual beauty of its varnish compared to the rather paler look of many Tecchlers, we can understand how such an error (?) might have been made. The cello is nevertheless typical of David Tecchler's work at his very finest."

Letter from Rembert Wurlitzer to David Soyer


- Harry Wahl
- Sold by Emil Herrmann
- Gerald F. Warburg
until 1958 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
in 1958 Sold by Rembert Wurlitzer
from 1958 David Soyer
until 1962 Jacques Français
from 1962 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Valuation: Morel & Gradoux-Matt, New York, NY (2006)
  • Valuation: Jacques Français, New York, NY (1969)
  • Certificate: Jacques Français, New York, NY (1962)
  • Letter: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1958)
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1958)

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.)


  • Correspondence with David Brewer of Robertson & Sons, November, 2009
  • Harry Wahl's Violins, Maija-Stiina Roine, Cozio Publishing, Boston (illustrated)
  • Letter from Rembert Wurlitzer to David Soyer, February 13, 1958
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Box 44 (illustrated)
  • The Robertson Collection, May, 2009 (illustrated)
  • Williams Gengakki Violins, Atlanta Violin Shop


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