Testore, Carlo Antonio 1720

Made by Carlo Antonio Testore in Milan, around 1720.

Carlo Antonio Testore was the eldest son of Carlo Giuseppe. The influence of Giovanni Grancino, father of the Milanese violin making, is visible in his work. His workmanship and appearance is considered rough but the tonal quality is excellent.
The back of this lovely small cello is in two pieces of maple with narrow flames, descending slightly from the centre joint, the two upper wings and the two lower wings are original; the ribs are of maple matching the back.   The violoncello still retains its original neck, the table is in two pieces of spruce with medium to wide grain; the varnish a light orange brown colour.