1730 Newland Joannes Franciscus Celoniatus cello

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1730 Newland Joannes Franciscus Celoniatus cello

This magnificent cello was made from black Italian poplar, rather than the more often used maple. The softer wood and the way it was cut on a slab is flexible and supple, creating a rich alto sound, like a low rumble on stage. It is believed to be a twin of another cello created from the same tree, currently owned by the Royal Academy of Music in London.

  • Purchased by the Canada Council for the Arts (with funds from the Edith Davis Webb endowment)
  • Acquired: 2011
  • Value: $800,000.