Giacomo Rivolta proclaimed on his labels that he led a resurgence of the school of the celebrated Antonio Stradivari, a statement that is certainly true! Guided by the connoisseur Count Cozio di Salabue, Rivolta built excellent cellos that closely followed Stradivari’s forma B pattern. These cellos are today considered the ideal model for a solo cello, but at the end of the 18th century, a smaller pattern was in favor, as used by Guadagnini, Storioni, and Landolfi.
This exceptional example has a well-documented American provenance dating back to 1927 when it was first sold by the Wurlitzer firm. It competes with classical Italian cellos in a much higher price category and is suitable for a soloist or chamber musician who seeks a cello with superb solo qualities.