Domenico Montagnana, Venice, 1740

Cello: 40605

Back: Two-piece

Top: of unmatched pieces; the bass side with a straight regular grain, widest along the f-hole positionl the treble side with the narrowest grain in the center and broadening towards the flanks

Length of back: 75.1 cm

Upper bouts: 34 cm

Middle bouts: 22.8 cm

Lower bouts: 43.3 cm

There are 6 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


- Colonel Paget
- Lord Coke
- Charles B. Lutyens
- Dorothy Forbes
- Stephen Kolbinson
from 1971 Peter Schenkman
until 1997 Martin Lovett
from 1997 Current owner

Known players

Martin Lovett, Steven Isserlis

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Jacques Francais, New York, NY (1971) #919.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London

Copies of many certificates and other documents are available on request. Please contact us for more information.


  • 2011 Strad Calendar: Cello Heroes, Newsquest, London, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Isserlis gains Strad and Montagana cellos
  • Meisteratelier für Geigenbau - Martin Schleske München » Meisteratelier Geigenbauwerkstatt Martin Schleske
  • The Strad, December, 2005, John Dilworth, London, 2005 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, December, 2005, London, 2005 (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (illustrated)


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