Violoncello by Johann Christoph Leidolff, Vienna, 1745
Johann Christoph Leidolf (1690-1758) learned his trade most likely under his father, Nikolas Leidolff, the founder of this highly significant dynasty of Viennese violin-makers, who, in turn, either learned with Kögl or, perhaps more likely, judging from his work, acquired his knowhow directly in Italy. Although the instruments by Johann Christoph cannot deny their debt to the omnipresent influence of Stainer North of the Alps, his varnish and the scrolls point dicidedly towards his native city. The generous outlines of the body, the arching and the deep ribs give these instruments power and carry, without forfeiting their innate Viennese charm.
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Body length 720 mm Upper width mm Middle width mm Lower width mm Rib height mm String length mm