• ID: 1449
  • Type: cello
  • Maker: Antonio Stradivari
  • Year built: 1707c
  • City: Cremona
  • Name: Boni, Hegar
Label: dated 1707
Back: Two-piece of poplar, slab-cut
Ribs: of poplar
Scroll: of poplar
Front: of well-defined grain
Body Length: 75.6 cm.
Upper Bout: 34.3 cm.
Center Bout: 23.6 cm.
Lower Bout: 43.4 cm.


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Iconography Index

J. & A. Beare 2011 Newsletter: Color photos (front - dated 1707).

L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, Comitato Stradivariano, Cremona, 1938: Black-and-white photos (front, back & side).

Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Fridolin Hamma, Hamma & Co., 1932: Black-and-white photos (front & back).

Puttick & Simpson Catalogue of Old and Modern Violins, Violas and Violoncellos, February 17, 1938, London, London, 1938: Black-and-white photo (front).

The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Black-and-white photos (front, back & side - intialed by Emil Herrmann).

Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972: Black-and-white photos (front, back & side).


"At some point in its history, it was reduced in size and later re-enlarged to its original dimensions, which is, perhaps, why it was once thought to date from an earlier period."
J. & A. Beare 2011 Newsletter.


Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
Unknown  1938      For members only 
Livio Boni (Rome)    1937  1938   
Hegar family         
Professor J. Hegar  1900       
Gustave Bernardel (Paris)      1900   
Wimphen (Paris)         
Professor Vaslin     1880     
Madame de Sampigny         
Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume (Paris)         
Luigi Tarisio         

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


Auction Date Note Estimate Hammer Price
Puttick & Simpson, London  Feb-17-1938      For members only 

Including buyer's premium
Current record for maker and instrument type
Record at time of sale for maker and instrument type


Letter: Albert Caressa, Paris, September 14, 1900. To Professor J. Hegar (translated from the original French in the Puttick & Simpson catalogue): "It was brought to Paris and sold to Mr. J. B. Vuillaume by Tarisio; it was too big, it was cut by Vuillaume and sold to Madame de Sampigny for her son who lived at Tours. . . ."

Letter: Gustave Bernardel, Paris, March 17, 1900. To Professor J. Hegar.

Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London, January 11, 1938

Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London, January 11, 1938. "The Stradivari Violoncello . . . was, originally, and instrument of large dimensions and dates from about 1690-98. It has been very skillfully reduced in size to bring it into conformity with the instruments made by the master after 1799. This alteration was, we believe, carried out by Claude-Victor Rambaux (b. 1806, d. 1871), a Paris Luthier of repute."