Antonio & Girolamo Amati, Cremona, 1592


Viola: 40101

Original label, and bearing two brands of previous owners

Back: Two-piece small-figured maple

Top: Pine of undistinguished irregular grain

Scroll: Original, of plainer wood

Ribs: Wood similar to back

Varnish: Golden-brown

Length of back: 45.25 cm

Upper bouts: 21.8 cm

Middle bouts: 14.9 cm

Lower bouts: 26.6 cm

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Notes:

Bears the brand of the Medici on the fluting of the head and also the initial 'M' on the button of the back.

The Hill Collection of Musical Instruments, David D. Boyden, The Hill Collection of Musical Instruments, London


Instrument #1072 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

Provenance

- Sir William Hamilton
in 1904 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
... ...
from 1939 Ashmolean Museum, Hill Collection, University of Oxford

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Alfred E. Hill, London (1937)
  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1523.

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References

  • Catalog for the Special Loan Exhibition of Musical Instruments, Manuscripts, Portraits and other Mementos, Fishmonger's Hall, London
  • Musical Instruments in the Ashmolean Museum: The Complete Collection, John Milnes, editor, Oxford Musical Instrument Publishing, Oxford (illustrated)
  • Stringed Instruments: Viols, Violins, Citterns, and Guitars in the Ashmolean Museum, Harvey S. Whistler, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (illustrated)
  • The Hill Collection of Musical Instruments, David D. Boyden, Oxford University Press, London (illustrated)

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