This cello is accompanied by a fascinating collection of historic documents. The original bill of sale is dated 6 June 1842 and is signed by Bernardel himself. The cello was supplied with case and bow for the sum of 530 French Francs, and delivery to its first owner was slightly delayed owing to being borrowed by the renowned 19th century cellist Dancla, who apparently preferred it to his own cellos! It was subsequently played by prize-winning cellist Gaston Marchesini. As well as having an unusually detailed record of ownership, this cello has also remained in a very fine state of preservation.