Nicolò Amati, Cremona, 1657, the 'Paganini'

Violin: 43781

Bearing its original label.

Back: One-piece cut on the semi-slab with a medium figure running straight across its breadth

Top: of wide-grain pine

Scroll: Original, or plainer wood

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Golden reddish-brown


Small pattern. Attributed to Andrea Guarneri by some. Incorrectly listed as 1659 instrument.

Harry Wahl, Finnish Collector of Violins, Baron Otto von Schulmann, Violins & Violinists, July-August, 1955, Chicago


- Nicolò Paganini
until 1940 Harry Wahl
- Sold by Emil Herrmann
until 1959 Louis E. Brooks
... ...
in 1969 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Kenneth Warren & Son, Chicago, IL
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann

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.)


  • The Strad, April, 1969, London (illustrated)
  • Harry Wahl's Violins, Maija-Stiina Roine, Cozio Publishing, Boston (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, July-August, 1955, Baron Otto von Schulmann, William Lewis & Son, Chicago
  • The Emil Herrmann Collection - Part I, Andy Lim & Gregory Singer, Darling Publications, Cologne / New York (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)


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