This magnificent cello is one of two examples featured here in our notable sales and one of only ten surviving cellos by this great maker. When Hills wrote their book on the Guarneri family in 1931, they only knew of six cellos by Pietro Guarneri. Since then another four have been identified of which this is one.
Pietro's instruments combine the classical tradition of violin making in Cremona with the originality of his Venetian colleagues, including Domenico Montagnana and Santo Serafin. Tonally this cello has the same characteristics, sounding slightly more Cremonese than Venetian. This instrument was sold by Beare's in 2008 to a private buyer.