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4/4 cello by Joseph Hill, English 1772

4/4 cello by Joseph Hill, English 1772

Throughout the eighteenth-century, the most sought-after violins were made by Jacob Stainer, but an absence of genuine violas and violoncellos led to makers producing interpretations of Stainer's violins on a larger scale. Around 1770, Joseph Hill developed a personal model based on this idea. Whether intentionally or not, the pattern bears a close relationship to the cellos of David Tecchler in Rome, who was also influenced by Stainer almost a century beforehand. Although Hill was the only maker to adopt this model, its popularity is attested to by the many examples that survive from that decade. This exceptionally fine, rare example of Joseph Hill's work features a brilliantly deep and complex tone, and is finished with elegant, rich brown varnish. 

 

- Label: 'Joseph Hill and Sons/at the Harp and Flute/in the Hay Market/London 1772' 

- Length of back: 751mm    

- String playing length: 677mm 

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