This illustration of a cello by J.F. Aldric was published in The Strad, February 1969. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs:
Jean Francois Aldric was born in Mirecourt in 1765, the son of Francois Antoine Aldric, a little known member of the Mirecourt violin making fraternity. When Aldric was 20 he left his home town and settled in Paris and in a few years was in business on his own account in the rue de Arcis. He later worked at various addresses in Paris until his death in 1843.
His instruments are nearly always on the model of Stradivari. There is a certain boldness in Aldric’s interpretation of the master’s model, especially in the treatment of the scroll. Aldric selected handsome wood for his backs and ribs. For the tables he sometimes used pine lacking in straightness of grain. He was more successful than the majority of French makers in achieving a tone resembling Italian quality.
The cello illustrated, which was made in 1825, is a very fine example of Aldric’s work. He was particularly successful in this field, and his cellos are much sought after. This instrument is rather unusual in that the back is made from a single piece of handsomely marked maple with a curl of medium width. The wood of the ribs matches the back, whilst the head is carved from slightly less figured maple. The rather narrow purfling has been inserted in a faultless manner. The edges are beautifully rounded and not too much raised. The massive scroll is edged in black on the turns as are also the corner joints of the ribs. The varnish is deep red in colour.
The principal dimensions are: Length of Body 29 ½ inches; Upper Bouts 13 ¾ inches; Middle Bouts 9 5/8 inches; Lower Bouts 17 ¼ inches; Ribs 4 3/8 to 4 9/16 inches.