Lorenzo Storioni, Cremona, c.1780 - cello

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Lorenzo Storioni, Cremona, c.1780

 

When Carlo Bergonzi, the last of the great classical Cremonese violin makers, died in 1747, the legacy of this school fell into the tenuous hands of his two sons, Michele Angelo and Zosimo. So it was not until 20 years later that Cremona witnessed its next skilled and productive instrument maker in Lorenzo Storioni.

While Storioni made many superb violins and a fair number of highly regarded violas, his cellos are quite rare. Mstislav Rostropovich famously played one, which he reportedly favored over his Stradivari in some circumstances, and we know of just four others (two of which we have sold).

This recently discovered cello brings the total number to six. At 72.6 centimeters, it is certainly a “solo” cello size, though larger than some other Storioni cellos. The cello is made from a local “oppio” maple, which is commonly seen in the late Cremonese school. This instrument is a fine and typical example of Storioni’s work.


Lorenzo Storioni, Cremona, c.1780
Lorenzo Storioni, Cremona, c.1780
Lorenzo Storioni, Cremona, c.1780
Lorenzo Storioni, Cremona, c.1780
Lorenzo Storioni, Cremona, c.1780
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