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

Cello: 40664

Bearing its 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

There are 21 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


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


Juan Luis Prieto
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
... ...
from 1960 and in 1997 Orlando Cole
... ...
from 2014 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)

Cozio holds copies of many certificates and other documents, some of which are available to view on request. Please contact us if you wish to view a particular document. (Note that we do not always have permission to share documents.)


  • 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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