Giovanni Paolo Maggini, Brescia, c. 1630–31, the 'Chimay, Sandeman'


Cello: 71272

The head later.

Back: Two-piece cut on the slab of broad faint curl

Top: of fine, straight grain

Scroll: not original

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Red-brown

Length of back: 75.5 cm

Upper bouts: 35.41 cm

Middle bouts: 24.06 cm

Lower bouts: 45.43 cm

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Notes:

Identified as an "ex-Dumas" instrument.

The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Washington, DC


One of the instruments exhibited in Brescia in June, 2007 at the "Gio Paolo Maggini Secoli di dettagli" exhibition.

Gio Paolo Maggini, Exhibition - Brescia, Italy, 2007


"Judging from the design and position of the les, this cello should be at first a five-stringed instrument and later transformed into a four-stringed cello. . .

. . . it is possible that the Prince de Chimay, Pierre-Paul Riquet (1604-1680), purchased the cello, since his wife, Princess Christine was a famous musician. Despite that we lack direct evidence to prove that Pierre-Paul Riquet owned the cello, the fact that Marie Joseph anatole Pierre Alphonse de Riquet, Prince of Chimay sold the cello in 1896 has been verified."

The Legend of Italian Violins: Brescian and Cremonese Violin Makers 1550-1950, The Legend of Italian Violins: Brescian and Cremonese Violin Makers 1550-1950

Provenance

until 1896 Prince de Caraman-Chimay
in 1896 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
1896 - 1897 Charles B. Lutyens
in 1897 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
1897 - 1910 Baron Johann Knoop
1910 - 1912 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1912 E. P. Warren
until 1931 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1931 Ernest A. Sandeman
until 1944 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1944 Thomas Smith
until 1973 Jacques Francais
from 1973 Unknown
from 2006 Chi-Mei Culture Foundation, Taiwan

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey (2013) Dating the youngest tree rings to 1583 (treble) and 1566 (bass).
  • Certificate: Jacques Francais, New York, NY (1973) #958. States that the scroll is later German work.
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1944)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1943)

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References

  • AndrewSchaw.com | Connoisseur and Dealer in Violins, Violas, Cellos, and Bows | Home
  • Correspondence with Chi-Mei Foundation consultant, September, 2006
  • Gio Paolo Maggini, Exhibition - Brescia, Italy, 2007
  • Gio: Paolo Maggini in Brescia (exhibition catalog), nuovesettimanebaroche, Brescia (illustrated)
  • Liutai in Brescia: 1520-1724, Eric Blot, Eric Blot Edizioni, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10072
  • Private Archives - 1610
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Legend of Italian Violins: Brescian and Cremonese Violin Makers 1550-1950, Wen-Lo Shi (illustrated)

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