Nicolò Amati, Cremona, 1628


Violin: 40036

Original label: "Antonius,& Hieronymus Fr. Amati / Cremonen. Andreae fil. F. 1628"

Back: Two-piece

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Length of back: 35.3 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 10.7 cm

Lower bouts: 20.6 cm

There are 2 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Notes:

This instrument is of the "Grand Pattern" design, probably introduced by the youthful Nicolo in 1625. It was exhibited at the South Kensington exhibit in 1872 by Charles J. Read.

Collectors Choice, Jacques Francais, American Musical Instrument Society, New York, 1975


Instrument #75 at the South Kensington Special Exhibition of 1872.

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


Instrument #1074 at the Special Loan Exhibition at Fishmongers Hall, London in 1904.

1904 Loan Exhibition, Catalog for the Special Loan Exhibition of Musical Instruments, Manuscripts, Portraits and other Mementos, Fishmonger's Hall, London


"Although one of the earliest of the Grand Pattern Amati violins, I think it is the most perfect one."

Guided Tour through the Shrine to Music's Galleries, Charles Beare, The Queens College Press, Flushing, New York, 1991


"There are two excellent violins of this make in the collection Mrs. Jay's, and the violin of Mr. C. J. Read, No. 75. This latter is the large pattern of those makers, and is more elegant than what is technically called the grand Amati, but not so striking. To appreciate the merit and the defect of this instrument, compare it candidly with the noble Stradiuarius Amatise that hangs by its side, numbered 82. Take a back view first. In outline they are much alike. In the details of work the Amati is rather superior; the border of the Stradiuarius is more exquisite ; but the Amati scroll is better pointed and gauged more cleanly, the purfling better composed for effect, and the way that purfling is let in, especially at the corners, is incomparable. On the front view you find the Amati violin is scooped out here and there, a defect the Stradiuarius has avoided. I prefer the Stradiuarius sound-hole per se; but, if you look at the curves of these two violins, you will observe that the Amati sound-holes are in strict harmony with the curves ; and the whole thing the product of one original mind that saw its way."

Biographical Notice of Nicolo Paganini

Provenance

in 1872 C. J. Read
until 1877 Rev. James Moore
from 1877 W. E. Hill & Sons
- W. H. Symes
- Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
- Robert E. Brandt
- Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1904 Miss E.A. Willmott
- Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
- Richard Bennett
- Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
- George H. Kemp
until 1957 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1957 William MacNeil Rodewald, Jr.
until 1968 Jacques Francais
1968 - 1984 Laurence C. Witten
from 1984 Shrine to Music, National Music Museum, South Dakota

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1959)
  • Certificate: Jacques Francais, New York, NY (1958)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1957)

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References

  • http://www.theluthierslibrary.com/ (illustrated)
  • Catalog for the Special Loan Exhibition of Musical Instruments, Manuscripts, Portraits and other Mementos, Fishmonger's Hall, London, June-July, 1904
  • A Genealogy of the Amati Family of Violin Makers: 1500-1740, Daniel Draley, The Maecenas Press, Iowa City, 1989 (illustrated)
  • Biographical Notice of Nicolo Paganini
  • Catalogue of the Special Exhibition at South Kensington, England, Carl Engel, London, 1872
  • Collectors Choice: Musical Instruments of Five Centuries from American Private Collections, Jacques Francais, American Musical Instrument Society, New York, 1975
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XII, No. 2, Charles Beare, The Queens College Press, Flushing, New York, 1991 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, December, 1996, London, 1996 (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)
  • 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)
  • W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990)

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