Carlo Bergonzi I, Cremona, 1738, the 'Spanish'


Cello: 55612

Made on Stradivari’s ‘B piccolo’ mould

Back: Two-piece

Scroll: Identical to the Stradivari 'Fruh' and 'Pleeth' cellos

Length of back: 74.2 cm

Upper bouts: 34.5 cm

Middle bouts: 23.2 cm

Lower bouts: 43.6 cm

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Notes:

"Closer examination reveals not only the fine quality of the varnish, but also that it was made on Stradivari's 'forma B piccola' (with the soundholes placed differently) and that its maker was Carlo Bergonzi, with the help of his son, Michel Angelo. . .The cello's history must surely be that it remained unused during the second half of the 18th century before being enlarged in Madrid, most likely by Silverio Ortega. . . . Hills understandably disagreed with the Stradivari attribution and declined to buy the instrument. . ."

Carlo Bergonzi: A Cremonese Master Unveiled, Christopher Reuning, editor, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 2010

Provenance

until 1855 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
from 1855 Madame Wilhelm von Booth
- Otto van Booth
- George Withers & Sons
- Charles Fletcher
- Mrs. Maud Beckford
- Current owner

References

  • Carlo Bergonzi: A Cremonese Master Unveiled, Christopher Reuning, editor, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Reuning & Son Violins Newsletter, Fall 2010, Boston (illustrated)

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