Arturo Fracassi was one of the finest makers in Italy during the 20th century. He was not particularly productive, however, so he is not well known. For most of his career he worked as a restorer and maker in Cesena, a city in Emilia Romagna near the Adriatic coast. His work is precise and stylish and can be compared to that of his contemporaries like Ansaldo Poggi, Marino Capicchioni, and the Pollastri brothers.
This rare cello is one of the best instruments we have seen by Fracassi. It is built on a classical personal model and is covered with an exceptional varnish with light craqueleur.