Carlo Bergonzi I, Cremona, 1731, the 'Constable, Cassavetti'

Violin: 42386

Back: One-piece with a broad curl descending from right to left

Top: of fine grain pine at the center, opening out on the flanks

Scroll: plain

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Golden brown

Length of back: 35.1 cm

Upper bouts: 16.5 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.5 cm


Ruggiero Ricci plays this instrument in the record "The Glory of Cremona" (Decca DXE 170).

The 'Constable' Carlo Bergonzi, The Strad, May, 1969, London


Sir Clifford Constable
until 1874 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1874 Stephen Jay
The O'Reilly
Alexander Cassavetti
until 1926 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1926 George H. Kemp
until 1940 W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1940 Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
from 1940 John Elder Harvey
in 1941 Sold by Emil Herrmann, New York
... ...
from 1957 Lee Shelley
until 1964 Hugh W. Long
from 1964 and in 1969 Herbert G. Schick
... ...
in 2002 Anonymous
Current owner

Known players

Ruggiero Ricci, Todor Pelev

Certificates & Documents

  • Letter: Arthur Phillips Hill, London (1940) To Mr. Freeman, Wurlitzer Co.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1940)

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  • The Strad, August, 1961, London
  • The Strad, May, 1969, London (illustrated)


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