ca. 1696 Bonjour Stradivari cello

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ca. 1696 Bonjour Stradivari cello

The Bonjour Stradivari cello, made by Antonio Stradivari ca. 1696, is named after an amateur 19th century Parisian cellist, Abel Bonjour, who owned it until his death sometime after 1885. The cello subsequently passed via Fridolin Hamma of Stuttgart to Dr. Hans Kühne of Cologne, who loaned the cello to the Stradivari Bicentennial exhibition in Cremona in 1937, and it is illustrated in the catalogue of the exhibition. For some years, the cello was owned by the Habisreutinger Foundation of St. Gallen, Switzerland; more recently, it was owned by Martin Lovett of the celebrated Amadeus Quartet. The present owner, an anonymous donor, acquired it in the fall of 1999.

  • Anonymous loan
  • Acquired: 2000
  • Value: $12 million