Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1697, the 'Castelbarco'

Cello: 41580

Original label, dated 1697

Back: One-piece of poplar or willow

Top: of pine

Scroll: of fruitwood, possibly pear wood

Ribs: of wood similar to back, lined on the inside with linen

Varnish: Orange-brown

Length of back: 74.9 cm

Upper bouts: 34.6 cm

Middle bouts: 23.4 cm

Lower bouts: 44 cm

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"In the 1690s Stradivari must have been aware of these smaller cellos because he made a change and dropped down a size. The Castelbarco is an inch smaller than the very big cellos, and the stop is halfway back to normal, about 16.25 inches. . . . This instrument wasn't made for what we consider cello music today. It looks like a cello and we call it a cello, but when it was made, it was still playing mainly bass lines as part of a continuo."

Guided Tour of the Library of Congress Collection of Stringed Instruments, Robert Bein, Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XVII, No. 2, Flushing, NY


until 1862 Count Cesare Castelbarco
in 1862 Sold by Puttick & Simpson
1862 - 1863 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
from 1863 Egidio Fabbri
in 1902 Marquis de Piccolellis
... ...
in 1930 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
1930 - 1934 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
in 1934 Louis Krasner
1934 - 1936 Gertrude Clarke Whittall
from 1936 Library of Congress, Washington

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London

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  • An Interview with Louis Krasner
  • Antonio Stradivarius: His Life & Work
  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-VIII), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XVII, No. 2, Robert Bein, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY (illustrated)
  • Music at Auction
  • Private Archives - 10072
  • Stradivari Pictures
  • The Cello, Elizabeth Cowling, B. T. Batsford Ltd., London (illustrated)
  • The Collections of Musical Instruments (Library of Congress Music, Theater, Dance: An Illustrated Guide)
  • The Stradivari Memorial (1977), William Dana Orcutt, Da Capo Press, New York (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • Three Masters
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. V, No. 2, Albert Mell, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990)
  • Lyon & Healy Rare Old Violins, Violas & Violoncellos (1931), Part 1, Lyon & Healy, Chicago (illustrated)


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