"About three years after the instrument was finished, on M. Delphin, a man of some attainments, but not a musician, bought with all its contents, a house in Cremona. Here, among other valuables, he found the Stradivarius 'cello. . . .
In the course of time, Delphin's grandson became a musician, and to him was presented the 'cello. The young Delphin became an adept at his art, and while still a youth attracted the attention of the Prince Potemkin Tavritschesky, a high noble in the reign of Catherin II of Russia. . . . Thus Delphin was employed, and when he entered Russian brought the Stradivarius 'cello with him. Delphin had been only a few years in Russia when his Patron died. . . . Casting about for employment, he obtained the indulgence of that young fashionable, Count Goudowitsch, Master of the Royal Hounds of His Majesty Nicholas I. Here Delphin thrived until 1800, when he died suddenly. [sic, incorrect]
During his life in Russia, Delphin had married, one daughter resulting from the union. . . . The girl, however, had no great desire to own the 'cello, convinced that she could make but poor use of it, and wishing rather that it might be perpetuated to the honour of her parent. So when the Count gave her 20,000 francs for it, she was both grateful and content.. . ."
. . . Growing towards old age, the Count expressed a desire to transmit the 'cello to some one that would both appreciate and preserve the gift. That was in 1864. The count was then 85 years old. . . . Among his relatives was this Andrew Nicolaievitsch Markowitsch, who was a musician of some attainments and a connoisseur of classic instruments. Feeling that he could make no better selection than this, he presented the 'cello to him, and by him it has been kept to this day."
A Valuable Violoncello, The Violin Times, July, 1898, London
Count cozio's Notes, June 5, 1816: "Measurements of the cello made by Antonio Stradivari in 1709, and owned by Professor
Alessandro Delfini, called Brescianino. . . ." (p. 244)
Memoirs of a Violin Collector: Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue, Memoirs of a Violin Collector: Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue, Baltimore
Count Cozio notes on 5 June 1816: The [front plate] measurements of the 1709 Antonio Stradivari cello of Signor Prof. Alessandro Delfini [Delfino] (who is known as ‘Brescianino’) [...] are made using the Piede di Parigi and are taken ‘over the arching’ [preso sulle curve]:
Upper Bout maximum width, including the borders: piedi 1, pollici 0, ponti 92/3 Centre Bout minimum width, including the borders: piedi 0, pollici 8, ponti 81⁄2 Lower Bout maximum width, including the borders: piedi 1, pollici 4, ponti 32/3 Total length of the front plate, including the borders: piede 2, pollici 4, ponti 11⁄2
= 346.6mm = 235.7mm = 441.2mm = 761.1mm
'In 1863 he received a Stradivari instrument from his great uncle, Andrei Gudovitch, who had acquired it in 1822 by trading a superb open carriage with four jet-black horses, as well as two bondsmen, a coachman, a footman and all their families.'
Mastering Bach, Dennis Rooney, The Strad, April, 1999, London