This illustration of a cello by Dominicus Montagnana was published in The Strad, June 1972. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs:
Dominicus Montagnana is justly considered to have been one of the finest of the many talented luthiers who worked in Venice during the first half of the 18th century. Very little information regarding Montagnana's life has been discovered. This is possibly because for many years his instruments, including some of his best, have been in circulation bearing the labels of 'Guarnerius filius Andrea', 'Carlo Bergonzi' and 'Pietro Guarneri', although there is hardly any resemblance between his work and these three.
The magnificent violoncello illustrated this month has always been recognized as an outstanding example of Montagnana's craftsmanship and is described in Messrs. W.E. Hill & Sons' certificate as behing '...one of the finest and characteristic example of this famous master's work.' It is dated 1735 and is in an uncut state, measuring 29 1„4 inches in body length.
The thick untouched varnish of a rich orange-brown is in a remarkably fresh condition. Montagnana's varnish has a richness and texture which sets it apart from almost all of his Venetian contemporaries. The wood he selected is of exceptional quality and appearance and his workmanship on an equal with the giants of Cremona.
Its present owners Messrs. C.F. Langonet & Son, the well known violin makers and dealers of London are to be congratulated on having such a superb instrument in their collection.