Violoncello

1737
Andréa Castagneri (French, 1696–1747)


Object Place: Paris, France

Dimensions

Length 118.6 cm, width 41.5 cm (Length 46 11/16 in., width 16 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

2006.1268

Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

Collections

Europe, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

Two-piece back and ribs of maple. Two-piece belly of fine-grain spruce. Regular purfling. Neck and pegbox of maple, terminating in carved head of bearded man with hat. Fingerboard, tailpiece, nut, saddle, and end button of ebony. Tuning pegs of rosewood. Endpin of ebony with adjustable point of steel. Yellowish varnish. Internal construction: Normal modern.

Inscription

Printed label: André Castagneri Fait à Paris / à l'Hôtel de Soissons 173[7]; stamped at top of back and twice on lower bout (largely effaced): CASTAGNERI

Provenance

2006, gift of the estate of Maury A. Bromson to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 21, 2006)

Credit Line

Bequest of Maury A. Bromsen