Antonio & Girolamo Amati, Cremona, c. 1610, the 'del Crocifisso'

Viola: 40067

Labeled, "Antonius & Hieronymus Fr. Amati, Cremonen. Andreæ fil. F 1695."

The ribs and head later. The decoration to the back probably dating to the 18th century.

Back: Two-piece

Scroll: later.

Ribs: later, probably English work.

Length of back: 42.5 cm

Upper bouts: 20.5 cm

Middle bouts: 14.4 cm

Lower bouts: 25.1 cm

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On October 1980, Luigi-Alberto Bianchi had his unique 16th-century Amati viola stolen in Milano. It was made in 1595 by the Amati Brothers in Cremona:

This instrument is known as "Viola Medicea" or "Viola del Crocifisso"

Prestige website


in 1964 Sold by Sotheby's
1964 - 1969 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1969 Anonymous
until 1980 Luigi Alberto Bianchi
1980 - 2006 Reported stolen
from 2006 Current owner

Known players

Luigi Alberto Bianchi

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Peter Biddulph, London (2020)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1969)

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  • Prestige website
  • Sotheby's Important Clocks and Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, May 1, 1964, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)


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