GEORGE CRASKE – CELLO
George Craske 1795 – 1888
Craske, who is noted to have made instruments completely unaided, is credited as being one of, if not the most prolific maker of violins, violas and cellos. Much of Craske’s residual stock passed to W E Hill & Sons during 1902, whereupon Hills sold them labelling them “Made by George Craske born 1795 died 1888 and sold by William E Hill & Sons”
This very fine cello, one of about 250 he made, is in fact one of the very best of Craske’s cellos I have yet seen and is not one that passed through Hills. Beautifully preserved and an outstanding choice of materials show Craske at his best, a testament to his early instruction from William Forster.