Florentine cello c.1750
Length of back: 30″ (760mm) String length: 27¼″ (693mm)
Price: £75,000 (Cello Exchange)
A handsome Italian cello labelled Lorenzo Carcassi with a colourful, deep, cavernous tone and excellent projection. Previously owned by an orchestral principal and soloist and in good restored condition. J&A Beare letter and photographs.
The cello bears what is probably an original manuscript label of Lorenzo Carcassi dated 1738.
The label reads:
Fece Anno 1735 in Firenze
It also bears a repair label of Eugenio Degani of Venice 1885, who may also have applied the dark over varnish.
Lorenzo Carcassi (fl.c.1750-1780 Florence, Italy) was a pupil of Giovanni Baptista Gabrielli and he worked closely with his brother Tomaso, making instruments to a high-arched Stainer model which was popular in Florence at the time.