Gaspar Lorenzini, Piacenza, c. 1750

Cello: 42991

Fecit Piacenza, 1741."

Back: Two-piece maple, plain

Varnish: Orange brown

Length of back: 74.1 cm

Upper bouts: 34.5 cm

Lower bouts: 43.2 cm

Reported stolen on May 9, 2003

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Stolen May 8-9, 2003. The Guadagnini cello, which Gerhardt has owned for 13 years, disappeared from an exercise area in the cellar of his Charlottenburger, Germany, home, Berlin's Morgenpost reports. Gerhardt, son of Berlin Philharmonic violinist Axel Gerhardt, noticed that the instrument was missing last Friday. He spent the weekend frantically searching local flea markets in the hope that it would turn up, the newspaper says. "My cello is unique," he said. "It is like losing a child." The theft occurred just days before Gerhardt was supposed to record music of Frank Bridge with the BBC's Welsh orchestra, according to Morgenpost. Eberhard Finke, a retired Berlin Philharmonic cellist, volunteered the use of his instrument and Gerhardt was trying to become comfortable with it in time for the recording session.

"Here's another case of a cello which is pure Lorenzini with J. B. Guadagnini sound holes (Fig. 43). The instrument suggests a Lorenzini/J.B. Guadagnini connection."

The Violins of Lorenzo Guagagnini?, Christopher Reuning, Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XIX, No. 2, Flushing, NY

". . . original label. . ."

W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990), W. E. Hill & Sons - Business Records (1850 - 1990)


until 1925 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1925 Thomas Thoresen
in 1975 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
... ...
from 1990 Anonymous
from 2003 Reported stolen

Known players

Alban Gerhardt


  • The Cello, Elizabeth Cowling, B. T. Batsford Ltd., London (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XIX, No. 2, Christopher Reuning, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons - Business Records (1850 - 1990)


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