Giacomo Rivolta, Milan, 1817

Cello: 48373

Labeled, "Giacomo Rivolta fece. Milano 182* Premiato di Medaglia d'argento, indi di quella d'oro / per aver fatto risorgere la scuola del celebre Stradivarj."

Back: Two-piece of faint irregular curl, with prominent knots in the upper flanks

Top: of medium grain

Scroll: plain

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Golden-brown

Length of back: 75.0 cm

Upper bouts: 33.3 cm

Middle bouts: 22.6 cm

Lower bouts: 42.6 cm

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"This 1817 cello, the earliest example I have found, closely follows Stradivari's forma B piccola pattern and is the model that Rivolta used throughout his career. . . This cello is neatly purfled with poplar and ebony. The purfling bisects the pints. . . The channelling is deeply worked with a distinct crest to the edge."

Rivolta, Christopher Reuning, The Strad, February, 2007, London


- Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
until 1920 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1920 H. T. Humpidge
until 1948 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1948 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1964)

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  • Private Archives - 10842
  • The Strad, February, 2007, Christopher Reuning, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • Skinner's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, May 8, 2005, Boston, Skinner, Skinner, Boston (illustrated)


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