Early 7/8th Flemish Cello c.1725

This is an early small bodied cello, probably similar in size to a modern 7/8th size. It has been played professionally for around the last hundred years or so. Documents state that the cello was awarded to Henry Rosen in Paris in 1928 as a competition prize by the Paris Conservatorium of Music. Despite its diminutive size, it has a big powerful sound with a clear, crisp response which projects brilliantly and explains why Mr Rosen continued to use the cello for the rest of his professional career.

The unlabelled cello at this time was attributed to Mathias Albani, a maker based in the Tyrolean centre of Bozen; however, we feel confident that its origins actually lie in the Flemish school (the area that now makes up modern day Belgium) and that its date of construction was probably in the first quarter of the 18th century.

The cello was fully restored in our workshop about twelve years ago and with care will be good for the next 150 years. It has a custom made ‘Stephenson’ super-light carbon-fibre case included.

Early 7/8th Flemish Cello c.1725

Reference: VC.324