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4/4 cello by Joseph Hill, c.1770

4/4 cello by Joseph Hill, c.1770

This violoncello is a distinctive example of Joseph Hill's work. It appears to have taken inspiration from the work of William Forster, who had become increasingly prominent in London around 1760. The Amatise-style arching is heavily influenced through Forster's work, as is the highly refined workmanship and to a lesser extent the colour and texture of the varnish. The sound holes are nonetheless completely typical for Hill, and are of a pattern that he adapted for all his violins, violas and celli. This instrument is characterised by very tight grains in the front and features a beautiful and refined tone with a myriad of colour throughout each register.


- Label: Joseph Hill Maker / at the Harp and Flute / in the Hay Market / 17 London 70

- Length of back: 755mm

- String playing length: 685mm


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