Instrument

  • ID: 279
  • Type: cello
  • Maker: Antonio Stradivari
  • Year built: 1714
  • City: Cremona
  • Name: Batta
 
Label: original
Back: Two-piece
Body Length: 75.6 cm.
Upper Bout: 34.6 cm.
Lower Bout: 44.1 cm.

Photos

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  • front, back & f-hole
  • scroll & side

Iconography Index

"The Baron Knoop", Ernest N. Doring, Violins & Violinists, September-October, 1954, 1954: Black-and-white photos (front, back & side).

Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan, 1987: Black-and-white photo (scroll).

Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan, 1987: Color photos (front & back).

Stradivari, Stewart Pollens, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010: Color photos (front, back, side & scroll).

The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Black-and-white photos (front, back, side, scroll & f-hole - initialed by Emil Herrmann).

Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972: Black-and-white photos (front, back, side, scroll & f-hole).

W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive: Black-and-white photos (Z357 - front, back & side).


Notes

"While all other instruments I had played prior to the "Batta" differed one from the other in character and range, I knew their qualities, shortcomings, or their capriciousness enough to exploit their good capabilities to full advantage. Not so with the "Batta," whose prowess had no limitations. Bottomless in its resources, it spurred me on to try to reach its depths, and I have never worked harder or desired anything more fervently than to draw out of this superior instrument all it has to give. Only then will I deserve to be its equal."
http://www.cello.org/heaven/cellist/chap29.htm

Provenance

Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
Evan Drachman     2003     
Gregor Piatigorsky   1956       
Dr. Daniel Catlin  1945       
Horace Havemeyer      1945   
...         
Harry J. Peters (New York)  1928      For members only 
W.E. Hill & Sons      1928   
Percy C. Aykroyd  1922       
W.E. Hill & Sons      1922   
Ernest Illingworth Holden (Bradford)  1906      For members only 
W.E. Hill & Sons      1906   
Baron Johann Knoop  1893      For members only 
W.E. Hill & Sons  1893    1893  For members only 
Alexander Batta   1836    1893  For members only 
J. P. Thibout      1836   
...         

Current owner Current owner
Indicates that the owner is or was also a musician Indicates that the owner is or was also a musician

Players

Name Played From Played In Played To
...       
Gregor Piatigorsky       1976 
...       
Alexandre Batta   1836    1893 
...       

Current player Current player
Indicates that the musician is or was also an owner of one or more instruments. Indicates that the musician is or was also an owner of one or more instruments

Certificates

Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London

Certificate: Emil Herrmann, Berlin, New York, Easton

References

Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902.

Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan, 1987.

How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945.

Stradivari, Stewart Pollens, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010.

The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C..

Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972.

W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive.

W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990).

"Ein Stradivarius-Cello für 80000 Franken", Zeitschrift für Instrumentenbau, December 11, 1893.

"The Baron Knoop", Ernest N. Doring, Violins & Violinists, September-October, 1954, 1954.

"The Piatigorsky Foundation", Evan Drachman, VSA proceedings, Vol. XIX, No. 2, November 6-8, 2003, 2003.

http://www.cello.org/heaven/cellist/chap29.htm

Correspondence with Cozio.com member, February, 2010.