Cello by Pillement, Mirecourt, circa 1825

Cello by Pillement, Mirecourt, circa 1825

About François Pillement

Also known as Pillement Père, François Pillement was born in Mirecourt in 1758 and died in his home town in 1830. We do not know where he served his apprenticeship, only that his work is entirely typical of Mirecourt work of the period.

Pillement instruments are often branded as having been made in either Paris or Cremona: this was a common marketing tool amongst the Mirecourt makers of the time. Certainly, no evidence exists that Pillement worked outside of his home town!

About this cello

The cello is Pillement's own model and was made in Mirecourt around 1825.

The cello has a two piece back of quarter-sawn, book-matched maple. The ribs and scroll are of similar wood. The two piece front is of medium to wide grained spruce and the varnish is a rich brown in colour.

The cello has a length of back of 722 mm, and the string length is 691mm, making it a small full-size instrument.

How does it sound?

This cello is highly responsive, capable of the kind of mind-reading partnership we're all looking for in our instrument. The instrument's size means it never feels sluggish when getting the sound started, and it has fantastic projection. It also has a great deal of quality and warmth to the sound. The relatively small stature of this cello makes it comfortable for cellists with smaller hands.


The cello is in very good restored condition.

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