Giacomo Gennaro, Cremona, 1653

Violin: 43280

Bearing its original label, "Iacobus Ianuarius Cremonensis / Alumnus Nicolai Amati faciebat 1653."

Back: Two-piece, cut on the slab

Scroll: almost plain

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Length of back: 35.2 cm

Upper bouts: 16.2 cm

Middle bouts: 11.3 cm

Lower bouts: 20 cm

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


"Only two or three of Januarius' authentic instruments are known and it is believed that the violin illustrated is the only example by this maker at present in this country. Although his instruments are exceedingly rare it is likely that he made a far larger number than the few he is credited with. It is quite possible that for many years his violins have been passing as the work of his master Nicolo Amati, Andrea Guarneri, or other Cremonese makers of this period."

Jacobus Januarius, The Strad, January, 1950, London


- Sold by Hamma & Co.
in 1949 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London

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  • The Strad, January, 1950, London
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Walter Hamma & Co., Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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