Antonio & Girolamo Amati, Cremona, 1613


Small Violin: 40001

Back: One-piece cut on the slab

Length of back: 26.7 cm

Upper bouts: 12.6 cm

Middle bouts: 8.4 cm

Lower bouts: 15 cm


Notes:

A violino piccolo. "One of three Cremonese instruments known to have survived in original condition. The size of the neck and scroll suggest that this is not a child's instrument."


Instrument #72 at the South Kensington Special Exhibition of 1872; listed as "By Amati, 1618".

Catalogue of the Special Exhibition at South Kensington, England, Carl Engel, Catalogue of the Special Exhibition at South Kensington, England, London


"In spite of its small size, this violin, with a proportionally large scroll and neck, is not considered to be a child's instrument, but rather a violin-family instrument tuned to a higher pitch."

The Amatis' DNA, Fausto Cacciatori, Bruce Carlson & Carlo Chiesa, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari Cremona, Cremona, 2006

Provenance

in 1872 Andrew Fountaine
- Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1968 Sold by Sotheby's
1968 - 1984 Laurence C. Witten
from 1984 Shrine to Music, National Music Museum, South Dakota

References

  • The Strad 1997 Calendar, 1996 (illustrated)
  • Catalogue of the Special Exhibition at South Kensington, England, Carl Engel, London, 1872
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XII, No. 2, Charles Beare, The Queens College Press, Flushing, New York, 1991 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, June, 1985, Roger Hargrave, London, 1985 (illustrated)
  • the Amatis' DNA: A Dynasty of Stringed Instrument Makers in Cremona, Fausto Cacciatori, Bruce Carlson & Carlo Chiesa, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari Cremona, Cremona, 2006 (illustrated)
  • Strings, March-April, 1990, Herbert W. Meyers, The String Letter Corporation, San Anselmo, California, 1990 (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. VIII, No. 3, Margaret Downie Banks, The Queens College Press, Flushing, New York, 1986 (illustrated)

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