Antonio & Girolamo Amati, Cremona, 1629


Violin: 40510

Labeled, "Brothers Amati . . . 1629"

Back: One-piece, slab-cut maple

Varnish: Golden-brown

Length of back: 35.25 cm

Upper bouts: 16.77 cm

Middle bouts: 10.77 cm

Lower bouts: 20.52 cm

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Notes:

"An extremely early example of the 'Grand Amati' pattern labeled by the 'Brothers Amati', the dominant hand is that of Girolamo's son, Nicolò."

Home - Royal Academy of Music


"This instrument of 1629 is an early and rare example of a 'Grand Pattern' Amati violin. . . The arching is full in the flanks with lightly sculpted edgework, while the elegant and petite soundholes, with gently fluted lower wings, are characteristic of the Amatis, but more curve and the spacing proportionally closer than in the viola of 1620."

The Amatis' DNA, Fausto Cacciatori, Bruce Carlson & Carlo Chiesa, the Amatis' DNA: A Dynasty of Stringed Instrument Makers in Cremona, Cremona

Provenance

in 1949 Sold by Lyon & Healy
... ...
in 2002 Royal Academy of Music, London

References

  • The Strad 1993 Calendar, Orpheus Publications, London (illustrated)
  • Home - Royal Academy of Music
  • Masterpieces of Italian Violin Making, David Rattray, Outline Press, London (illustrated)
  • Museum & Collections - What’s on - Royal Academy of Music
  • the Amatis' DNA: A Dynasty of Stringed Instrument Makers in Cremona, Fausto Cacciatori, Bruce Carlson & Carlo Chiesa, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari Cremona, Cremona (illustrated)
  • The Violin Book, Bafalon, London (illustrated)

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