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April 28, 2013 12:00 PMCalender

Fine English Violoncello, John Betts, London, 1782

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Auction: Musical Instruments - 2648BLocation: BostonDate / Time: April 28, 2013 12:00PM


Fine English Violoncello, John Betts, London, 1782, bearing the maker's original label, length of back 74.7 cm.

Certificates: W.E. Hill & Sons, London, November 2, 1936; William Moennig & Sons, Philadelphia, August 18, 1960.
Estimate $60,000-80,000

Very good. Possibly Vincenzo Panormo for John Betts, c. 1790. Varnish is very pure, only retouched over repaired fractures. Repaired top hairline fractures in upper and lower bouts of bass side and over bassbar. Repaired wing cracks and repaired fracture at lower treble bout of top.
Back is very clean, no visible cracks, no varnish retouch, button intact. Reinforced back seam. Repaired hairline fractures on lower ribs and at upper rib corners. Pegholes bushed.
Stop= 39 cm, String Length =68.4 cm

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John Betts, London, Philadelphia, W.E. Hill & Sons, William Moennig & Sons