Domenico Montagnana, Venice, 1739, the 'Sleeping Beauty'


Cello: 40664

Original label: "Domenicus Montagnana / sub Sugnum Cremonae Venetia 1739" (the '9' handwritten)

Back: Two-piece

Varnish: Golden-orange

Length of back: 74.1 cm

Upper bouts: 36.1 cm

Middle bouts: 26.1 cm

Lower bouts: 44.55 cm

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Notes:

This instrument is undamaged, uncut and with its original varnish. It lay unused for over a century at Berkeley Castle, a possession of the Fitzharding family, before it was given to Piatigorsky in 1935.

Domenico Montagnana- "Lauter in Venetia", Domenica Montagnana - "Lauter in Venetia": Exposition of Lendinara 1997, Cremona

Provenance

until 1882 Fitzharding Family of Berkeley Castle
from 1882 Dr. Walter Griffiths
until 1925 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1925 Arthur Dodd
until 1926 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1926 Dr. W. Gordon
until 1934 W. E. Hill & Sons
1934 - 1935 E. B. Dane
1939 - 1951 Gregor Piatigorsky
from 1951 Aldo Parisot
until 1960 Lachlan Pitcairn
... ...
in 1997 Orlando Cole
... ...
from 2014 Anonymous
- Current owner

Known players

Gregor Piatigorsky, Heinrich Schiff, Orlando Cole

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: William Moennig & Son, Philadelphia, PA (1951)
  • Letter: Alfred E. Hill, London (1934)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1934)

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References

  • The Strad 1994 Calendar, Orpheus Publications, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, October, 1993, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Conversation with Stephen Kates
  • Violins & Violinists, May, 1947, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Domenica Montagnana - "Lauter in Venetia": Exposition of Lendinara 1997, Carlson Cacciatori Neumann & C., Cremona (illustrated)
  • Intermusica - Inspiring Creativity
  • The Strad, October, 1993, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)

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