As the sons of Giovanni (Joannes) Gagliano, Raffaele and Antonio were the fourth generation of the Gagliano family of violin makers. The brothers formed a partnership that dominated instrument making in Naples until they died in 1857 and 1860, respectively. Although they made numerous violins and small violas, they are best known for their high quality cellos. These cellos are typically quite broad and flat and of an ideal length of 29 ¼ inches.
The example we have for sale, made of very attractive maple, is in extremely fine condition. It boasts an especially full and complex sound that is suitable for the most demanding cellist.