Gennaro Gagliano, Naples, c. 1760, the 'Barbirolli'

Cello: 44762

Labeled, "Januarius Gagliano Fecit Neapoli 1726."

Back: One-piece cut on the slab of irregular almost horizontal medium to narrow curl and with several bird's-eye markings

Top: of medium to broad grain on the treble side and medium to narrow grain on the bass side

Scroll: cut on the quarter of medium to narrow curl and with original black edging

Ribs: cut on the slab or irregular medium curl

Varnish: Orange-brown

Length of back: 74.8 cm

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- Sir John Barbirolli
in 2020 Sold by Vichy-Enchères
until 1983 Lady Barbirolli
in 1983 Sold by Sotheby's

Known players

Sir John Barbirolli


  • Four Centuries of Violin Making: Fine Instruments from the Sotheby's Archive, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Boston (illustrated)
  • Guy Laurent Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, December 3, 2020, Vichy, 2020-12-3
  • Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, April 7, 1983, Part I, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive


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