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Sale: 27th June 2016

Lot 143: An Italian Cello, Milan circa 1700


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£40,000 - £50,000

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* 20% buyers premium & 5% hammer price


Property of the Late Howard Shanet. The later Milanese scroll. Professor Howard Shanet (1918-2006) was an American conductor, composer, and musicologist. After starting his career as a cellist, Shanet went on to become a noted conductor, who appeared with several major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony. Having studied composition under Aaron Copeland, and conducting under Serge Koussevitzky and Fritz Stiedry, Shanet served as an assistant conductor to both Koussevitzky and Leonard Bernstein. As a historian and musicologist, Shanet was known for his publication in 1975 of "Philharmonic: A History of New York's Orchestra". Professor Shanet is pictured conducting and also holding this cello at a surprise party for Koussevitsky with Leonard Bernstein (second from left), along with Seymour Lipkin and Irwin Hoffman.


Labelled: Paolo Grancino fecit Milano 1760


Sold with the certificate of The Rudolph Wurlitzer Co, New York 1938.


Length of back: 719mm


Minor repairs to table, ribs, back and peg box, minor worm damage in ribs and back, see diagram. *

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Sale Information

Sale Date

2:00pm, Monday 27th June 2016

Sale Location

The Royal Institution of Great Britain,
21 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom