Instrument

 
Label: "Nicolas Amatus Cremonen. I Hieorny. FIL. AC. Antonij nepos fecit 16"
Back: Three-piece, with the bass side much large than the treble side
Ribs: of wood similar to back
Scroll: of wood similar to back
Front: four-piece of wide grain, narrowing slightly towards the flanks
Varnish: Reddish-brown over a golden ground
Body Length: 74.1 cm.
Upper Bout: 35.4 cm.
Center Bout: 24.45 cm.
Lower Bout: 44.2 cm.

Photos

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  • front
  • side
  • back
  • scroll
  • front & back

Iconography Index

Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod, 2002: Color photos (front & back).


Notes

"Expert X commented 'composite? Back looks good' and valued at $50,000 to $200,000. . . . Crane did not value but said 'seems like cut down small bass . . . top older than ribs and back . . . possibly Flemish. . . .'"
"New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Report of the Trustee Review Panel concerning the Golden Age Collection, December 16, 2004".

Provenance

Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
...         
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra  2003    2007   
...         
Group of investors led by Brook & Seth Taube   2007       
Dr. Herbert R. Axelrod  1998    2003   
Machold Rare Violins, Ltd.  1998    1998   
Mrs. Maria Kliegel    1990     
...         
Bernard Sabatier (Paris)    1983     
...         

Current owner Current owner
Indicates that the owner is or was also a musician Indicates that the owner is or was also a musician

Players

Name Played From Played In Played To
Carole Whitney   2004     
Daniel Lee  2001    2002 
...       

Current player Current player
Indicates that the musician is or was also an owner of one or more instruments. Indicates that the musician is or was also an owner of one or more instruments

Certificates

Insurance appraisal: Machold Rare Violins, Bremen, Zurich, New York, Vienna, June 26, 2002. Values the instrument at $1.4 million.

Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Bremen, Zurich, New York, Vienna, June 24, 2002. "This violoncello is a fine example of the maker’s work.”

Certificate: Till Kulla, February 23, 1990

Certificate: J. & A. Beare, London, December 6, 1983. “. . . the violoncello is a fine old Italian instrument, in our judgement the work of Matteo Gofriller of Venice, c. 1690 …This cello, characteristic of the early period of the maker’s work and originally of larger size ….”

Certificate: J. & A. Beare, London, December 6, 1983

Dendrochronological analysis: John C. Topham, Surrey. Youngest ring is 1622.

References

Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod, 2002.

"New Jersey orchestra parts with rare strings", The Star Ledger, November 23, 2007.

"New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Report of the Trustee Review Panel concerning the Golden Age Collection, December 16, 2004".

"Working-Class Orchestra, World-Class Fiddles", Daniel J. Wakin, The New York Times, 12-11-2004.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Collection brochure from Violin Advisor, LLC, April, 2007.

Private Papers.