Cello by François Jacques Barbé, Dijon, circa 1840
About François Jacques BarbéFrançois Jacques Barbé was a French luthier who worked in Dijon in the first half of the nineteenth century and was known especially for his very fine cellos.
About the celloThis instrument was made around 1840, towards the end of his career. Interestingly, this cello was once part of the collection of the concert violinist Arthur Grumiaux.
The cello has a two piece back of book-matched maple, the flame descending from the flanks to the centre joint. The front is two pieces of spruce with the figuration known as Bear Claw. The varnish is a glowing golden-brown, laid over a lighter golden ground.
The length of back is 746mm.
How does it sound?This is a powerful, projecting instrument which would make an excellent musical partner for anyone! It´s ability to soar over other voices would suit it particularly well to solo repertoire or the demands of a principal cellist.
ConditionThe cello is in excellent condition.
CertificationThe cello comes with a 1995 Charles Beare certificate. It is branded J. Barbé Père on the inside back.
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