Andrea Amati, Cremona, 1574, the 'Hill'


Small Violin: 40031

Manuscript label: "Andreæ Amati in / Cremonæ MDLXXII"

Back: Two-piece maple, with an irregular horizontal curl

Top: one-piece of spruce, wide-grained in the center and narrowing towards the edges

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of wood similar to back; the one=piece lower rib is marked with number "90" and the letters "WC"

Varnish: Golden

Length of back: 34.3 cm

Upper bouts: 15.9 cm

Middle bouts: 11 cm

Lower bouts: 19.6 cm

Provenance

- William Corbett
until 1805 William Marshall
from 1805 Mr. Bowles
in 1899 Hester S. Bowles
... ...
from 1917 W. E. Hill & Sons
- Richard Bennett
until 1991 W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1991 Sold by Phillip's
from 1991 Shrine to Music, National Music Museum, South Dakota

References

  • http://www.theluthierslibrary.com/ (illustrated)
  • The Strad 1993 Calendar, 1992 (illustrated)
  • The Strad 1997 Calendar, 1996 (illustrated)
  • A Genealogy of the Amati Family of Violin Makers: 1500-1740, Daniel Draley, The Maecenas Press, Iowa City, 1989 (illustrated)
  • Andrea Amati Opera omnia: Les Violons du Roi, Fausto Cacciatori, editor, Consorzo Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 2007 (illustrated)
  • Capolavori di Andrea Amati, Charles Beare, Bruce Carlson & Andrea Mosconi, Ente Triennale Internazionale Degli Strumenti, Cremona, 1991 (illustrated)
  • Fit for a king
  • Gasparo da Salò, A. M. Mucchi, Editore Ulrico Hoepli, Milan, 1998 (illustrated)
  • Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Fridolin Hamma, Hamma & Co., 1932 (illustrated)
  • Phillip's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 21, 1991, London, Phillip's, Phillip's, London, 1991 (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. IX, No. 3, Daniel Draley, The Queens College Press, Flushing, New York, 1988 (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. IX, No. 3, Daniel Draley, The Queens College Press, Flushing, New York, 1988 (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. VIII, No. 3, Margaret Downie Banks, The Queens College Press, Flushing, New York, 1986 (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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