Cello by

Matteo Goffriller
Venice, c.1700
“Miss Woodhead”

We are always thrilled to have the opportunity to offer a fine Matteo Goffriller cello. These instruments have served as the chosen musical companions to some of the worlds finest cellists, including Pablo Casals, Emanuel Feuermann, János Starker, Leslie Parnas, Jules Eskin, Natalia Gutman, and Harvey Shapiro as well as, more recently, Matt Haimovitz and Gautier Capuçon.

Born in Bressanone in 1659, Matteo Goffriller moved to Venice about 1685 and married the daughter of the instrument maker Mathias Kaiser that year. Goffriller took over his father-in-law’s business shortly thereafter and became the leading maker of violin-family instruments as he ushered in the golden age of Venetian instrument making.

This fine early example made circa 1700 is a particularly elegant cello that follows the inspiration of Nicolo Amati. It is made with a very attractive two piece slab-cut maple back, which is covered in a glowing golden-orange varnish. It has been with the same owner, a distinguished cellist and professor, since it was purchased from William Moennig 64 years ago. We know of just one other owner following its purchase in London by a Miss Woodhead from the Hart & Son firm in 1913.