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    Sale 2152

    Fine Musical Instruments

    3 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 116

    GENNARO GAGLIANO

    A VIOLONCELLO, NAPLES, CIRCA 1765

    Price Realised  

    GENNARO GAGLIANO
    A VIOLONCELLO, NAPLES, CIRCA 1765
    Labeled Januarius Gagliano Filius Alexandri fecit Neap. 1741, length of back 29 5/8 in (753 mm) with case (2)


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    Sold with a dendrochronology analysis, John Topham, Redhill, September 30, 2006

    The dendrochronology analysis by John Topham concludes that the youngest ring on the bass side dates to 1733 and on the treble side to 1730. In his report Topham writes, Both sides significantly cross-match sequences taken from a great many instruments made by classical Italian makers. However, the bass side most significantly cross-matches all six sequences taken from three cellos in the database, one by Domenico Montagnana dated 1737, one by Nicolo Gagliano dated 1750 and a third by Santus Serafin dated 1746.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF A EUROPEAN COLLECTOR