Nicolò Amati, Cremona, 1649, the 'Alard'

Violin: 40103

Labeled, "Nicolaus Amatus Cremonen. Hieronymi Fil. ac Antonij Nepos, Fecit 1649."

Back: Two-piece, quarter sawn maple.

Top: Pine of even, open grain

Scroll: Original

Varnish: Golden-brown

Length of back: 35.0 cm

Upper bouts: 16.25 cm

Middle bouts: 10.6 cm

Lower bouts: 20.15 cm

There is 1 additional image in the archive which is not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


until c. 1880 Delphin Alard
in c. 1880 Sold by David Laurie
c. 1880 - c. 1905 Baron Johann Knoop
in 1905 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
1905 - c. 1906 Miss Gidley
in 1908 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
1908 - 1909 F. L. Bevan
in 1913 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
1913 - 1926 Richard Bennett
c. 1926 - 1945 W. E. Hill & Sons
1945 - c. 1947 Frederick Popple
until 1948 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1948 Ashmolean Museum, Hill Collection, University of Oxford


  • A Genealogy of the Amati Family of Violin Makers: 1500-1740, Daniel Draley, The Maecenas Press, Iowa City (illustrated)
  • Cremona: An Account of the Italian Violin Maker & Their Instruments, Friedrich Niederheitmann, Robert Cocks & Co., London, 1894
  • The Strad, December, 2004, Alvin Thomas King, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • Il Legno si fa Musica, le mostre della Cassa di Risparmio, Verona (illustrated)
  • Musical Instruments in the Ashmolean Museum: The Complete Collection, John Milnes, editor, Oxford Musical Instrument Publishing, Oxford (illustrated)
  • The Strad, March, 1992, Roger Hargrave, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, March, 1992, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Stradivari Varnish: Scientific Analysis of his Finishing Technique on Selected Instruments, Brigitte Brandmair & Stefan-Peter Greiner (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)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. IX, No. 3, Daniel Draley, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY (illustrated)
  • Viols, Violins and Virginals, Jennifer A. Charlton, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (illustrated)


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