Andrea Amati, Cremona, c. 1536, the 'Stanley Solomon Tenore'


Viola: 42943

Unlabeled.

Back: One-piece, slab-cut

Top: Pine of slightly wavy grain of medium width; has been restored

Scroll: Later, but matches the instrument; possibly the work of the Brothers Amati

Ribs: Marked by a faint small curl

Varnish: Golden brown

Length of back: 43.3 cm

Upper bouts: 20.5 cm

Middle bouts: 14 cm

Lower bouts: 24.5 cm

There are 3 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Notes:

Actually a tenore, not a viola, but at some time it was reduced in size so that its dimensions today more resemble a modern viola.

A Genealogy of the Amati Family of Violin Makers, Daniel Draley, A Genealogy of the Amati Family of Violin Makers: 1500-1740, Iowa City


"Dan Draley does not agree with the Hill opinion and puts forth the hypothesis that this could be the oldest instrument known by Andrea."

Andrea Amati Opera omnia: Les Violons du Roi, Fausto Cacciatori, editor, Andrea Amati Opera omnia: Les Violons du Roi, Cremona

Provenance

until 1950 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1950 T. Moller
- Sold by William Moennig & Son
until 1970 W. E. Hill & Sons
... ...
in 1980 Stanley Solomon
until 1988 Sau-Wing Lam
from 1988 Current owner

Known players

Stanley Solomon

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Harry A. Duffy, Miami, FL (1978)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1970) Dates the instrument to circa 1580.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1950)

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.)

References

  • A Genealogy of the Amati Family of Violin Makers: 1500-1740, Daniel Draley, The Maecenas Press, Iowa City (illustrated)
  • Andrea Amati Opera omnia: Les Violons du Roi, Fausto Cacciatori, editor, Consorzo Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • Sau-Wing Lam, Dietmar Machold (illustrated)
  • The History of the Viola, Volume I, Maurice W. Riley (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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