Thomas Kennedy cello


Widely appreciated for the tonal qualities of his cellos, Kennedy often used an oil varnish which, due to its tendency to craquelure, gave rise to a rather opaque appearance. More rarely he produced a stunning and transparent honey-coloured varnish, from which this particularly fine example benefits. Made in London around 1820, its distinctive Amati-inspired model is comfortably compact and responsive, having a firm bass and sparkling upper register. Certificate of authenticity by John Dilworth.

Price: £75,000