4 April 2008
Property from the Estate of Albert A. Mell, lots 97 and 98
A VIOLIN, FLORENCE, 1923
Labeled Carlo Bisiach di Leandro Milanese, fece in Firenze l'Anno 1923, signed on the label Carlo Bisiach, length of back 13 13/16 in (351 mm) with case (3)
Albert Mell (1917-2007), professor of Music, Queens College of the City University New York is best remembered by his colleagues and students for the passion and commitment he brought to the subject he taught for thirty-eight years. His family and friends knew of another talent dear to his heart, his love and dedication to playing chamber music as an amateur violinist. Amongst American violin collectors, connoisseurs, and violin makers, however, Mr. Mell is better known for his life-long commitment to the Violin Society of America where he served as editor of its yearly journal for almost thirty-two years. Always the firm and exacting task-master with the writers who produced works for the VSA journal, Mell is responsible for establishing the periodical as the invaluable research reference it is considered today. During his life, Mell forged friendships and relations with connoisseurs and makers around the world, most notably the Italian master, Carlo Bisiach.
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Mell, Albert "Carlo Bisiach (1892 - 1968)." The Strad June 1973: 70-79. Mell, Albert "Carlo Bisiach (1892 - 1968)." The Strad July 1973: 135-145.
Sold with accompanying documents and certificates:
Carlo Bisiach, Florence, July 27, 1967
Vahakn Y. Nigogosian, New York, March 28, 1983
A. Eisenstein & Son, New York, October 25, 1967 (photocopy)
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