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