A fine German violoncello by Ludwig Neuner, Berlin, 1875
Ludwig Neuner’s apprenticeship took him to the workshops of Engleder in Munich, Nemessanyi in Budapest and finally Gabriel Lembock in Vienna. He then spent several years in Paris working with Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume before establishing his business in Berlin. This exceptional violoncello exhibits an extraordinarily close relationship to the standards of Vuillaume’s own production. Modelled after a Stradivari cello of about 1710, it is one of the finest nineteenth-century German cellos I have either seen or heard.