Matteo Goffriller, Venice, 1690

Cello: 41042

Labeled, "Nicolas Amatus Cremonen. I Hieorny. FIL. AC. Antonij nepos fecit 16."

Back: Three-piece, with the bass side much large than the treble side

Top: four-piece of wide grain, narrowing slightly towards the flanks

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Reddish-brown over a golden ground

Length of back: 74.1 cm

Upper bouts: 35.4 cm

Middle bouts: 24.45 cm

Lower bouts: 44.2 cm


in 1983 Sold by Bernard Sabatier
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in 1990 Maria Kliegel
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in 1998 Machold Rare Violins, Ltd
1998-2003 Dr Herbert R. Axelrod
in 2002 Anonymous
from 2007 Anonymous
2003-2007 Current owner

Known players

Carole Whitney, Daniel Lee

Certificates & Documents

  • Insurance valuation: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (2002) Values the instrument at $1.4 million.
  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (2002) "This violoncello is a fine example of the maker’s work.”
  • Certificate: Till Kulla (1990)
  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London (1983)
  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London (1983) “. . . the violoncello is a fine old Italian instrument, in our judgement the work of Matteo Gofriller of Venice, c. 1690 …This cello, characteristic of the early period of the maker’s work and originally of larger size ….”
  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1622.

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.)


  • Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod (illustrated)
  • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Collection brochure from Violin Advisor, LLC, April, 2007
  • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Report of the Trustee Review Panel concerning the Golden Age Collection, December 16, 2004
  • Private Papers
  • Working-Class Orchestra, World-Class Fiddles, 12-11-2004


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