Domenico Montagnana, Venice, 1729

Cello: 42859

Back: Two-piece

Length of back: 74.95 cm

Upper bouts: 38.0

Middle bouts: 27.0

Lower bouts: 45.5

There are 6 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


The head of this instrument was removed by Tignani and placed on another instrument which he thought was also by Montagnana, but turned out be actually by Matteo Gofriller. Alfred Hill purchased the Gofriller from Tignani's widow and, by a lucky chance, found the original Gofriller head, which he returned to the instrument. The Montagnana head remained in his drawers for some 35 years until he was able to track down the instrument and restore it to its original form.

Domenico Montagnana of Venice, Ernest N. Doring, Violins & Violinists, April, 1947, Chicago


until 1936 W. E. Hill & Sons
1936-1944 Curtis Institute of Music
1944-c. 1970 Janos Scholz
c. 1971-c. 1972 Anonymous
in 1973 Sold by Jacques Français
from 1973 Current owner

Known players

Ralph Kirshbaum

Certificates & Documents

  • Letter: Alfred E. Hill, London (1936) "..possessed of an exceptionally fine tone, in fact, I know of none superior to it!"
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London

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  • Bongartz advertisement
  • Catalogue of the Special Exhibition at South Kensington, England, Carl Engel, South Kensington Museum, London (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, April, 1947, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • Private Archives - 10842
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)


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