Auguste Sébastien Philippe Bernardel père, Paris, 1850
This cello is a stunning example of 19th century French making, clearly showing the Stradivarian influence on Parisian makers of the time. Like his contemporary, J.B. Vuillaume, Bernardel père found his greatest success copying the Stradivarius forma B pattern, which is widely regarded as the gold standard for solo violoncellos.
After working for the famous Nicholas Lupot in Paris, Bernardel père opened his own shop in 1826. He worked until 1866, at which point he passed his shop onto his sons, also successful luthiers.
This golden period example comes with a certificate of authenticity by Kenneth Warren and Son.
Price range: $100,000 +