Nicolò Amati, Cremona, 1677, the 'Herbert'

Cello: 42793

Bearing its original label.

Back: of poplar wood

Top: of wide-grained spruce

Scroll: of maple of small figure

Ribs: of maple cut on the half slab

Varnish: Golden orange-brown


"We occasionally come across an interesting Amati-style Cremonese cello dating from the 1660s or 1670s with F holes looking suspiciously Stradivarian. I have seen three examples like this. One is the Amati cello of 1677 belonging to the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., an instrument on loan to the Tokyo Quartet."

The Transition of the Amati Workshop into the hands of Stradivari, 1660-1684, Daniel Draley, Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. IX, No. 3, Flushing, NY


until 1896 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1896 George Herbert
in 1938 Sold by Puttick & Simpson
until 1949 Emil Herrmann, New York
1949-1964 Anna E. Clark
... ...
from 1964 and in 1987 Corcoran Gallery of Arts
Dr Herbert R. Axelrod
in 2000 Smithsonian Institution Museum

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann, New York, New York, NY (1949) "A fine and characteristic specimen of the Great Master's late period made already under the influence of Antonio Stradivari. In an excellent state of preservation and of great tonal qualities."
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1896) "The head although matching extremely well, we do not think was made by Amati."

Cozio holds copies of many certificates and other documents, some of which are available to view on request. Please contact us if you wish to view a particular document. (Note that we do not always have permission to share documents.)


  • Amati Quartet, Ex-John Jay & Sandra Day O'Conner, Machold Rare Violins (illustrated)
  • Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Strad 2009 Calendar: The Museum Collection, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. IX, No. 3, Daniel Draley, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY
  • String Player, Vol. 3, No. 1 (illustrated)


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