Antonio & Girolamo Amati, Cremona, 1595, the 'del Crocifisso'

Viola: 40067

Labeled, "Antonius & Hieronymus Fr. Amati Andrea fil. F. 16--"

Back: Two-piece

Scroll: later.

Ribs: later, probably English work.


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"


in 1964 Sold by Sotheby's
from 1964 W. E. Hill & Sons
until 1969 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1969 J. White
until 1980 Luigi Alberto Bianchi
1980 - c. 2005 Reported stolen

Known players

Luigi Alberto Bianchi

Certificates & Documents

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

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  • Sotheby's Important Clocks and Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, May 1, 1964, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990)


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