A Fine French Violoncello by Hippolyte Caussin, Neufchatel, circa 1860

The Caussin workshop specialised in producing antiqued instruments for the London and Paris trade, but in the early years their instruments were made to extremely high quality, and the work of the family – Francois-Nicolas and Hippolyte are highly revered, with instruments occasionally appearing by Claude-Augustin Miremont and Paul Bailly.

The violoncello by Hippolyte Caussin is the best of type, an excellent French cello of the mid-nineteenth century, with a strong classical Italian look that has improved as it has aged. The instrument is in excellent condition, and a superb instrument of professional standard.