Antonio & Girolamo Amati, Cremona, 1615, the 'Stauffer'


Viola: 42170

Labeled, "Antonius & Hieronymus Fr. Amati Cremonen. Andreæ fil. F. 1615"

Back: One-piece of medium curl sloping from left to right

Top: of distinct grain, broadening slightly towards the flanks

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Golden-brown

Length of back: 41.1 cm

Upper bouts: 19.6 cm

Middle bouts: 12.9 cm

Lower bouts: 24.6 cm

There are 4 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Notes:

"Property of the Stauffer Foundation, was entrusted in 1996 to the Collection of Musical Instruments in the Municipal Palace of Cremona. The label bears the name of both the brothers Amati, but the viola was made by Gerolamo, since Antonio died in 1607. The viola is now in modern mountings, but we can find information on the lost measures of the neck in a very similar instrument by the Amati brothers in original mountings, now preserved in the Collection of the Galleria Estense in Modena. Instrument with an excellent balance of tone and ease of response."

Federico Lowenberger, violin maker in Genova, viola da gamba, baroque violin, viol, baroque instruments, renaissance


The viola, of fine workmanship, is in excellent condition. The varnish, absolutely original, is a beautiful golden brown colour. The sonority of the viola is extremely balanced on all four strings; the facility of its emission is remarkable, as is also the projection of its sound.

Provenance

- Dendy
- Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
until 1898 Lord Wilton
1898 - 1899 Lady Wilton
1899 - 1901 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1901 Baron Johann Knoop
in 1930 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1930 George H. Kemp
until 1949 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1949 Justice Lionel Jellinek
until 1962 W. E. Hill & Sons
1962 - 1996 Harry Danks
from 1996 Walter Stauffer Musicological Foundation of Cremona (Museo del Violino)

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1962)

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References

  • Amati in concert: 500 years of heritage, Andrea Amati 500 Foundation, Maastricht (illustrated)
  • Cremona's Instruments, Charles Beare, Bruce Carlson & Andrea Mosconi, cremonabooks, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Federico Lowenberger, violin maker in Genova, viola da gamba, baroque violin, viol, baroque instruments, renaissance
  • Gli Strumenti di Cremona, Charles Beare, Bruce Carlson & Andrea Mosconi, Cremona Books, Cremona (illustrated)
  • 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 Strad, May, 1996, John Dilworth, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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