Known as the ‘Vatican Stradivari’, this decorated instrument by Nicolo Amati was recently sold through Tarisio Private Sales. Originally made as a six string viol, this instrument was converted in the 19th century to a cello of modern proportions. The cello bears a repair inscription from Georges Chanot of Paris from 1863 and the painted garland, angels, sea creatures, fleur-de-lys, papal mitre and coat of arms presumably date from this same period.
The buyer is a philanthropist whose foundation loans fine instruments to up-and-coming young musicians.
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