Carlo Antonio Testore c.1730

Length of back: 29½” (755mm) String length: 27¼” (691mm)

Price: £320,000

Testore Bach excerpt
Testore Haydn excerpt
Testore Brahms excerpt

A very fine example of Carlo Antonio Testore’s work in excellent condition with all the exquisite tonal qualities you would expect from a healthy instrument of this pedigree.

This versatile cello has a natural capacity for soloistic projection as well as the tonal flexibility to blend beautifully in a chamber context.  Carlo Antonio Testore cellos are renowned for their outstanding playing qualities and this cello is no exception; the tone is pure, rich and full of colour as you will hear in the three short recordings of the cello posted above.

The instrument has been slightly reduced in size by a skilful hand, producing an elegant model with a back length of 755mm. The head is not original.

Son, pupil, and successor of Carlo Giuseppe Testore at the sign ‘dell’Aquila’ in Contrada Larga, Carlo Antonio was a more prolific maker than his father. Following in the Italian tradition, Testore cellos sport elegant sound holes cut to either Stradivari or Amatisé form. Testore’s scrolls have a pronounced ovality to the outline along the plane of the fingerboard and boast a delicate golden-yellow varnish. Carlo Antonio was the eldest of the Testore sons and bore the weight of responsibility for supporting the family when his father died young. This might explain the reason why his cellos are sometimes described as ‘hastily made’. However, his swift technique was applied with no detriment to the remarkable playing qualities of the end result. This Testore cello is a delight to play, an exceptional example of Carlo Antonio’s work with prestigious provenance.

To arrange an appointment to try this cello, please telephone +44 (0)1353 668559 or email in advance. Cellos can be taken out on approval for two weeks; there is no charge for insurance.

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