Barjansky Stradivarius cello

© Fraunhofer IIS/Paul Pulkert


ca. 1690

Artist / manufacturer

Antonio Stradivari


Cremona, Italy


Alago Art & Strings GmbH


3D computed tomography / expansion of measuring field




Evaluate restoration work on the instrument’s soundboard.

The instrument was crafted by legendary master luthier Antonio Stradivari and named after the Russian virtuoso Alexandre Barjansky.

Its last prominent owner was the cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, who bought the instrument at an auction for what was then a record price. Over the course of his career, Webber made over 30 award-winning recordings with the Barjansky cello.

© Fraunhofer IIS
© Fraunhofer IIS

Its restoration involved replacing the inner lining, which was over 300 years old, with a new lining produced by a numerically controlled milling machine.

To evaluate the results of the restoration work, the owners of the culturally and historically significant musical instrument called on the Fraunhofer Development Center X-ray Technology EZRT.

State-of-the-art 3D CT was used to precisely measure the body of the valuable cello to check that the restored lining was an exact fit.

© Fraunhofer IIS
© Fraunhofer IIS