This illustration of a cello by Matteo Goffriller was published in The Strad, January 1924. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs:
This violincello in the Lutyens collection is a finer specimen than any instrument I have yet seen except those by the finest of all makers, Stradivarius himself. In general character there is much of the Strad about it. The chief difference is in the scroll, and perhaps in the character of the sound-holes.
The varnish is even more Cremonese in character than Venetian, and the colour is a fine tawny chestnut. The wood of the table is a beautiful straight-grained piece of pine, and the back, in two pieces, of a medium flame, is arranged with the markings herring-bone fashion – that is with the flame running upwards from the centre.
The tone is full, rich, easy to produce, of a beautiful quality,
and with none of that nasal quality which so many of the old
Italian cellos possess.