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Cellos over $45,000.
1. JEAN-BAPTISTE VUILLAUME, Paris, c.1855, A cello by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume of Paris, c.1855. The two-piece maple back is a beautiful replacement made by Michael Weller with appropriately select maple of vivid narrow curl. The original back (which will be included in the sale) was badly damaged in the upper bout, and is restorable The two-piece spruce table is of fine grain. The varnish is a reddish brown color over an amber ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 754 mm, Upper Bouts: 346 mm, Middle Bouts: 239 mm, Lower Bouts: 441 mm. 1974 Certificate from Wm. Moennig & Son, Philadelphia, dated May 1974, an insurance letter by Jacques Francais, New York, dated October 1992., (Our #32539) INQUIRE
2. WILLIAM FORSTER II, London, c.1796-97, Recently acquired from a professional cellist who played it for 53 years, an exceptional instrument from England's most renowned cello maker William Forster, Sr.. Labeled: No. 2 Willliam Forster 1796/ Violin, Violoncello, Tenor & Bow-maker/ to their ROYAL HIGHNESSES the PRINCE of WALES/ & DUKE of CUMBERLAND / London. Also inscribed beneath the saddle: Forster Sr. Maker/ London No 2 1797. The two-piece back of irregular wavy medium to broad curl ascending from the center joint; the ribs and head of strong narrow- medium curl, the two- piece table of fine grain broadening towards the flanks. The varnish a reddish brown over a golden ground. Certificates from William Moennig, Philadelphia, and John & Arthur Beare, London, stating: "A superb example of the maker in an excellent state of preservation". Also included in the History of the Violin by Sandys and Forster, London 1864, with a mention on p.322, and under the list of "violoncellos made of the first class" on p.338, apparently one of two made for a Mr. Yatman, presumably a period London dealer, and a past owner of the 1692 Earl of Falmouth Stradivari., 750mm (Our #33083) INQUIRE
3. JOSEPH PANORMO, London, c.1825, A particularly healthy cello, representing the progress in the nineteenth century into the realm of modern cello construction. This instrument has a strong sound across the spectrum. The two-piece maple back is of faint medium curl. The two-piece spruce table is of varied medium grain. The varnish is an orange-brown color over a gold ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 736 mm, Upper Bouts: 334 mm, Middle Bouts: 236 mm, Lower Bouts: 434 mm. Certificates by W. E. Hill & Sons of London, and Florian Leonhard, London, as the work of Joseph Panormo., (Our #29898) INQUIRE
4. THOMAS KENNEDY, London, c.1820, This is an Amati pattern cello from the prolific London workshop of Thomas Kennedy, and are similar in style to those of his teacher William Forster III. These cellos are typically somewhat short, but rather wide, and relatively flat arched, giving them a comfortable feel, and producing a strong and slightly darker sound. The two-piece maple back of irregular slab-cut horizontal narrow and broad figure, the ribs of narrow curl, the head is of nearly plain maple, the two-piece spruce table is of mostly bvroad grain, the varnish is of a golden brown color over a gold ground, and the top and back have simulated (inked-on) purfling. Dimensions: length of back 741mm (29-1/4"), lower bouts 425mm, middle bouts 246mm, upper bouts 338mm, string length 704mm, (Our #32521) INQUIRE
5. GEBRUDER SCHWARTZ, Strasbourg, c.1850, A very fine 19th century master made cello with a very strong sound, and in overall excellent condition. The two-piece maple back is of irregular narrow to broad curl descending very slightly from the center joint. The two-piece spruce top is of medium fine grain throughout. The varnish is a golden orange brown over pale golden ground. Length of back: 754 mm, upper bouts: 335 mm, middle bouts: 237 mm, lower bouts: 433 mm., 754mm (Our #30921) INQUIRE
6. RAFFAELE & ANTONIO GAGLIANO, Naples, 1845, A rare child size cello by the brothers Gagliano in a very pure state of preservation. This instrument also bears its original label. The two-piece slab cut maple back is of varied curl. The two-piece slab cut spruce table is of medium and broad grain. Measurements: Length of Back: 662 mm, Upper Bouts: 310 mm, Middle Bouts: 207 mm, Lower Bouts: 388 mm, String Length 628mm., 662mm (Our #22789) INQUIRE
7. ETIENNE LAPREVOTTE, Marseille/Paris, 1838, Luthier Etienne Laprevotte was from Marseilles, but worked mostly in Paris until 1857. This instrument from his early to middle years as a maker is finely made. The two-piece maple back is of narrow curl. The two-piece spruce table is of narrow grain. The varnish is a golden orange color over a golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 754 mm, Upper Bouts: 342 mm, Middle Bouts: 231 mm, Lower Bouts: 433 mm., 754mm (Our #32257) INQUIRE
Cellos $26-45,000.
8. PAOLO VETTORI, Florence, 2019, This cello is modeled after a Parma period G. B. Guadagnini. The one-piece back and the ribs are made of slab cut Italian pearwood with mostly horizontal medium curl. The table is made of finely grained spruce aged more than 20 years. The back length is a very comfortable size at 711mm, combined with a full string length. The certificate of the maker is included. Measurements: length of back 711mm, uuper bouts 330mm, center bout 244mm, lower bout 418., 711mm (Our #32752) $40,000.
9. GUY RABUT, 1995, Luthier Guy Rabut is well known for the virtuosity of his craftsmanship and attention to detail. This cello exhibits his work beautifully in an instrument with great performance characteristics. The two-piece back is of willow with varied curl, and the two-piece top is select wood of even medium grain. The varnish is a reddish color over a golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 758 mm, Upper Bouts: 350 mm, Middle Bouts: 236 mm, Lower Bouts: 437 mm., 758mm (Our #31376) $40,000.
10. PIETER ROMBOUTS, ATTRIBUTED TO, Amsterdam, c.1700, This instrument was expertly cut-down from it’s original larger size and bears the label of Hendrik Jacobs. The two-piece maple back is slab cut, with birdseye figure in the ribs. The six-piece spruce table is of varied grain, mostly broad. The varnish is a dark red-orange-brown color over a light gold ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 741 mm, Upper Bouts: 325 mm, Middle Bouts: 219 mm, Lower Bouts: 409 mm. With the certificate of R & M Millant, Paris, attributing it to the work of Pieter Rombouts of Amsterdam, the scroll probably by Andreas Castagneri of Paris circa 1740., 741mm (Our #29896) $40,000.
11. AMEDEE DIEUDONNE, Mirecourt, 1948, Amedee Dieudonne’s work is typically very beautiful, and this cello is also in a particularly fine state of preservation with the maker’s original label. The two-piece quarter sawn maple back is of narrow curl. The two-piece spruce table is of medium grain. The varnish is a golden orange color over pale yellow ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 756 mm, Upper Bouts: 337 mm, Middle Bouts: 241 mm, Lower Bouts: 438 mm., 756mm (Our #32203) $38,000.
12. JOHANN GEORG HELLMER, Prague, c.1750, This is a remarkable early cello, made by Johann Georg Hellmer of Prague about 1750. The two-piece maple back is of mostly plain wood. The two-piece spruce table is of varied grain. The varnish is a very dark reddish-brown color over a golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 750 mm, Upper Bouts: 344 mm, Middle Bouts: 229 mm, Lower Bouts: 441 mm., 750mm (Our #32066) $35,000.
13. IAN MCWILLIAMS, Berlin, 2016, This elegant and tastefully antiqued Andrea Guarneri model was made by Berlin based luthier Ian McWilliams. The two-piece maple back is of narrow curl. The two-piece spruce table is of even narrow grain. The varnish is a golden brown color over a yellow amber ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 749 mm, Upper Bouts: 350 mm, Middle Bouts: 247 mm, Lower Bouts: 431 mm., 749mm (Our #31527) $28,000.
Cellos $10-25,000.
14. VIENNA SCHOOL, c.1820, A cello attributed to the work of the Viennese maker Martin Stoss. The two-piece maple back is of horizontal mostly narrow curl. The two-piece spruce table is of fine grain broadening dramatically towards the flanks. The varnish is a reddish-brown color over golden. Measurements: Length of Back: 740 mm, Upper Bouts: 346 mm, Middle Bouts: 239 mm, Lower Bouts: 426 mm., 740mm (Our #33028) HOLD
$25,000.
15. CHRISTOPHER JACOBY, 2016, Chris Jacoby's acclaim as one of America’s leading young luthiers is evident in this cello. His instruments are built for musicians, combining considerations for both comfort and performance. This Domenico Montagnana model has stunning varnish & extraordinarily handsome wood. The two-piece maple back is of narrow and medium curl. The two-piece spruce table is of medium grain. The varnish is a deep red-brown color over a golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 740 mm, Upper Bouts: 362 mm, Middle Bouts: 267 mm, Lower Bouts: 445 mm., 740mm (Our #31525) $22,000.
16. FERNANDO ARICHI, Cremona, 2001, Fernando Arichi is a graduate of the violin making school in Cremona. This cello is a very fine quality Stradivarius model exhibiting the best elements of the Cremonese style, past and present. The two-piece maple back is of varied medium curl. The two-piece spruce table is of varied grain. The varnish is a red-amber color. Measurements: Length of Back: 752 mm, Upper Bouts: 344 mm, Middle Bouts: 233 mm, Lower Bouts: 444 mm., 752mm (Our #26352) $20,000.
17. FRANCOIS HIPPOLYTE CAUSSIN, Neufchateau, c.1860, This fully arched and large proportioned model is a fine and characteristic work of Francois Hippolyte Caussin. The slab-cut two-piece maple back is of beautiful wood with varied figure. The two piece top is of very fine grain. The varnish is an orange amber-brown color over a pale golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 741 mm, Upper Bouts: 352 mm, Middle Bouts: 235 mm, Lower Bouts: 441 mm., 741mm (Our #32558) $18,000.
18. SAMUEL PAYTON, Philadelphia, 2010, This handmade Ruggieri model cello with nice full proportions and strong sound was made by Philadelphia based luthier Samuel Payton. The two-piece maple back is of narrow horizontal curl. The two-piece spruce table is of even narrow grain. The varnish is a golden brown color over a yellow amber ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 732 mm, Upper Bouts: 352 mm, Middle Bouts: 242 mm, Lower Bouts: 430 mm String Length: 680mm., 732mm (Our #29638) $18,000.
19. ERNST HEINRICH ROTH, Markneukirchen, c.1925, A fine example of the excellent early work of the Roth workshops, this cello is a Guarneri model, and bears a facsimile Joseph Guarnerius 1735 label. The two-piece maple back is of medium curl. The two-piece spruce table is of medium grain. The varnish is a reddish color over gold-yellow ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 768 mm, Upper Bouts: 342 mm, Middle Bouts: 237 mm, Lower Bouts: 442 mm., 768mm (Our #31997) $18,000.
20. SCOTTISH, Aberdeen, c.1790-1840, This is a period typical Aberdeen school cello, probably the work of George Thompson or that of Thomas Jamieson, and bears a label: JOSEPH ET ANTONIUS/GAGLIANI. (Its was not unusual for old Scottish makers to be sold as the work of equally rustic Italian makers) The two-piece maple back is of either very plain maple. The two-piece spruce table is of very broad grain narrowing toward the flanks. Measurements: Length of Back: 750 mm, Upper Bouts: 344 mm, Middle Bouts: 256 mm, Lower Bouts: 431 mm., 750mm (Our #26753) $18,000.
21. GERMAN, c.1930s, A robust Montagnana model cello, probably made in Germany circa 1930s, and with a facsimile label of Domenicus Montagnana. The two-piece maple back is of broad curl. The two-piece spruce table is of mostly narrow grain. The varnish is a orange-brown color with light antiquing. Measurements: Length of Back: 748 mm, Upper Bouts: 370 mm, Middle Bouts: 260 mm, Lower Bouts: 452 mm., 748mm (Our #28405) $15,000.
22. OTTO, Bubenreuth, Germany, 2018, This Stradivarius model cello was made in Germany for the Otto Violin Company. We have had very good experience with these instruments in the past. The two-piece slab cut maple back is of medium curl. The two-piece spruce table is of narrow grain. The varnish is an orange brown color over a golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 755 mm, Upper Bouts: 344 mm, Middle Bouts: 234 mm, Lower Bouts: 440 mm., 755mm (Our #32264) $13,500.
Cellos Under $10,000.
23. CRACOVIA WORKSHOP, Poland, 2007, A Guadagnini model cello from the Cracovia workshop. The two-piece maple back is of narrow curl. The two-piece spruce table is of medium grain. The varnish is a golden orange-brown color. Measurements: Length of Back: 736 mm, Upper Bouts: 356 mm, Middle Bouts: 258 mm, Lower Bouts: 442 mm, String Length 689mm., 736mm (Our #31187) $8,500.
24. JULIUS HEBERLEIN, Markneukirchen, c.1900, Made by the Julius Heberlein workshop for the American market in the early 20th century, this Maggini model cello bears the signature double purfling of its namesake. The two piece-piece maple back is of narrow curl. The two-piece spruce table is of fine grain. The varnish is a lightly antiqued golden orange brown color. Measurements: Length of Back: 754 mm, Upper Bouts: 346 mm, Middle Bouts: 246 mm, Lower Bouts: 442 mm., 754mm (Our #32299) $7,500.
25. GLOBAL, China, 2018, We selected this modern Stradivari model for its comfortable model and strong performance characteristics. It has an even, clear sound. The two-piece maple back is especially attractive wood of narrow curl, and the two-piece top is of spruce. The varnish is an attractively antiqued reddish-orange brown color over a golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 756 mm, Upper Bouts: 340 mm, Middle Bouts: 238 mm, Lower Bouts: 428 mm., 756mm (Our #32244) $6,000.
26. ILLNER RIEDL, Bubenreuth, Germany, 1998, A contemporary cello with a rich and powerful tone from the firm of Illner Riedl. The two-piece maple back is of mostly narrow horizontal curl. The two-piece spruce table is of medium grain broadening towards the flanks. The varnish is an orange brown color over a pale golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 756 mm, Upper Bouts: 347 mm, Middle Bouts: 242 mm, Lower Bouts: 434 mm., 756mm (Our #32839) $5,500.
27. GLOBAL, China, 2019, The is the Global Violins Model 500, a decent modern Stradivari model cello made in China. It has comfortable proportions, a very attractive varnish and full sound. The two-piece quarter sawn maple back is of medium curl descending from the center joint. The maple ribs are of similar curl, and the maple head is of plain grain. The two-piece spruce table is of medium to fine grain, and the varnish is a golden amber color over a pale yellow ground. The length of back is 760mm., 760mm (Our #32645) $4,850.
28. IVAN DUNOV, Romania, 2019, The Dunov instruments are well established favorites among cellists today. They are well crafted of fine materials and perform well. This instrument was professionally set up in our workshop. The two-piece maple back is of faint narrow horizontal curl. The two-piece spruce table is of fine grain. The varnish is a reddish color over a golden- orange ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 764 mm, Upper Bouts: 357 mm, Middle Bouts: 255 mm, Lower Bouts: 443 mm., 764mm (Our #32648) $3,500.
29. JACOBUS HORNSTEINER, Germany, 1967, An older Scherl & Roth shop cello with solid carved top and back. A good upgrade for a student moving into a solid wood cello. The two piece back is of medium curl. The two piece top is of medium to broad grain. The varnish is a shaded red-orange-brown color. Measurements: Length of back 752mm, Lower bout 423mm, Center bout 235mm, Upper bout 339 mm., (Our #32797) HOLD
$2,200.
30. KARL HOFNER, Bubenreuth, Germany, 1965, Now a half a century old, this solid German student cello has developed a full even sound. It is in excellent condition. The two-piece maple back is of plain grain, and the two-piece spruce table is of medium grain. The varnish is an orange-brown color over a yellow ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 757 mm, Upper Bouts: 347 mm, Middle Bouts: 242 mm, Lower Bouts: 431 mm., 757mm (Our #25382) $1,750.
Fractional Size Cellos
31. REMBERT WURLITZER, MADE FOR, Mittenwald, 1950s, This 3/4-size cello was made in Mittenwald for the shop of Rembert Wurlitzer in New York. The two-piece maple back is of plain grain. The two-piece spruce table is of fine grain broadening towards the flanks. The varnish is a medium orange-brown color. Measurements: Length of Back: 688 mm, Upper Bouts: 314 mm, Middle Bouts: 218 mm, Lower Bouts: 397 mm., 689mm (Our #22372) $2,500.
32. GUNTHER PRAGER, 2002, This is a nice German copy of a Matteo Goffriller cello in 3/4 size. The two-piece maple back is of narrow curl with attractive antiquing to the varnish at the center. The two-piece spruce table is of medium grain. The varnish is a reddish orange-brown color over a gold ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 693 mm, Upper Bouts: 336 mm, Middle Bouts: 238 mm, Lower Bouts: 418 mm., 693 (Our #32239) $2,500.
Baroque Cellos & Gambas
33. BARAK NORMAN, London, c.1714, This instrument is the work of Nathaniel Cross for Barak Norman. It has been completely restored to playing condition, and set up as a five string Baroque cello. The work was done by John Pringle and Andrew Dipper. The body type is one developed by Nathaniel Cross in 1714, according to Ben Hebbert. This instrument appears (audibly) Gerald Trimble’s album “Uncharted” on MSR records. The two piece back is of maple with double purfling and arabesques at the center, top and bottom. The spruce top also has double purfling with a large central arabesque inlay with a central fleur de lis motif highlighted in red. The fingerboard and matching tailpiece are of maple with ebony overlays outlined with double stringing inlays. Measurements: Length of Back: 712 mm, Upper Bouts: 342 mm, Middle Bouts: 246 mm, Lower Bouts: 409 mm. String length 650mm., (Our #32723) INQUIRE
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34. NICOLAS AUGUSTIN CHAPPUY, Paris, c.1775, This 18th century cello is set up to be played in the baroque style. It bears both the maker’s label as well as the Chappuy brand stamp on the button above the back. The two-piece back is of mostly plain grain. The two-piece spruce table is of fine grain. Measurements: Length of Back: 674 mm, Upper Bouts: 317 mm, Middle Bouts: 231 mm, Lower Bouts: 402 mm., 674 (Our #32349) INQUIRE
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35. HANS CHRISTOF FLEISCHER, Hamburg, c.1680s, A bass/tenor viola da gamba attributed to Hans Christof Fleischer, Hamburg 168_. Fleischer was the brother-in- law of Joachim Tielke and he was known as a maker of keyboards and guitars. This instrument was made in the English manner, with a 3-stave bent top. The Hamburg style polychromed head retains its original paint and was carved in the likeness of a woman’s head. Restorations were expertly completed by John Pringle and Andrew Dipper. You can also hear this instrument on the Gerald Trimble’s album Uncharted on MSR records. Body length: 60cm, String length: 63cm., (Our #32750) INQUIRE
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36. JOHANN SCHORN, Salzburg, c.1720, A wonderful cello by this early Salzburg maker, with a stunning lion's head scroll. We have restored this instrument to be played in the Baroque style. The two-piece maple back is of plain grain. The spruce table features features a reproduction oval gilt rose. The varnish is a deep dark red color over a golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 728 mm, Upper Bouts: 337 mm, Middle Bouts: 234 mm, Lower Bouts: 402 mm; String Length: 670 mm., 728mm (Our #22738) INQUIRE
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37. FRENCH, Mirecourt, c.1880, An interesting French gamba made during the early music revival that swept Europe and America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with a carved bearded man's head after a 16th century portrait of Gasparo Duiffopruggar, (Our #32783) $5,000.