Ref :   0666

A very good child's cello
Small 1/2-size
Probably German, circa 1930

 
With a back length of 62.6 cm and a testatura of 59.4 cm, this little cello is slightly smaller than standard -size cellos. Although unlabelled, it can be said with a fair amount of certainty that it is of German origin and probably dates from the 1930s.

It was imported by J J van de Geest - an important dealer in Johannesburg who was known for discernment in the acquisition of instruments and it was bought from him. It was used by a child cellist in the 1950s.

The cello is well-made and of good materials. It has an attractive aspect setting it apart as an instrument which is the consequence of the fine craftsmanship, attention to detail and good satisfying tonal response that one would expect from a very good studio using only the finest craftsmen.

The woods are well-chosen and attractive and the golden-brown varnish compliments the characteristics of the wood. The pegs and fingerboard are of stained hardwood. Being about 80 years old, this little cello is full of character marks and scratches - testimony of having been well-used and appreciated.

Some repairs were carried out to some cracks in the top - all of which have been correctly and professionally done and which are stable and which don't undermine the structural integrity of the cello.

This cello is well-toned and should be suitable for a very talented and deserving child. It rewards effort with a fine tone - well-balanced and even, open and responsive.

   
   
 

Dimensions :
  Back length: 62.6 cm. Testatura: 59.4 cm

Condition :
  Good. This little cello was recently completely checked and refurbished. The bridge is still the original one set up by J. J. van de Geest. Some repairs were carried out to some cracks in the top - all of which have been correctly and professionally done and which are stable and which don't undermine the structural integrity of the cello. Importantly, there are no repairs in the immediate area of the bridge. All scratches and other character marks are superficial and have no structural implication.

Provenance :
  Imported into South Africa by J. J. van de Geest before 1955. Current ownership withheld.

Price : Withheld
 

 
 
 
 

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