This lovely antique cello is the top-quality work of an experienced luthier who crafted the instrument around 1880, probably at the Mirecourt workshop of the esteemed master Justin Derazey. The heir to two artisanal legacies – Justin took over the H. Derazey workshop of his father, Jean-Joseph Honoré Derazey, in 1879, and in doing so he also became the successor to Joseph Nicolas fils, whose workshop he took over in 1864 – Derazey's business was at the peak of his success during the period this historic cello was created, and this is clearly evident in its aesthetic and acoustic features. Its very pleasing varnish has grown more beautiful with the gentle passage of time, emphasizing the outstanding quality of the tone woods which were readily available at the Derazey atelier. In particular, the delicate tight flames of the maple back give this cello an inimitable character that is further enhanced by the blackened edges of the scroll with typical French flair. We received the cello practically crack-free and with only a minor repair to the saddle, and it is now in top condition and ready to play. We warmly recommend this fine antique cello for musicians who appreciate a powerful and radiant sound with an inimitable Mirecourt provenance; over the years, the cello has developed a satisfying maturity and features a clarity that allows for extremely nuanced performance.