Andrea Amati, Cremona, 1566, the 'Charles IX, Barker, Tullie House'


Small Violin: 43823

Label probably fake: "ANDREA AMADI IN / CREMONA MDLXXiiij"

Back: Two-piece with medium curls; decorated

Top: of spruce, quite narrow in the center and getting slightly narrower towards the edges

Scroll: of will

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Orange-brown on a gold base

Length of back: 34.1 cm

Upper bouts: 15.7 cm

Middle bouts: 10.4 cm

Lower bouts: 19.5 cm

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Notes:

One of the 38 instruments said to have been commissioned by Charles IX from Andrea Amati.

The Hill Collection of Musical Instruments, David D. Boyden, The Hill Collection of Musical Instruments, London

Provenance

until 1574 King Charles IX of France
... ...
in 1914 Sold by Puttick & Simpson
until 1922 Conte di Cavan
1922 - 1935 W. E. Hill & Sons
1935 - 1949 Sybil Mounsey-Heysham
... ...
in 2003 Tullie House Museum, Carlisle

References

  • The Strad, December, 1991, Roger Hargrave, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Andrea Amati Opera omnia: Les Violons du Roi, Fausto Cacciatori, editor, Consorzo Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Capolavori di Andrea Amati, Charles Beare, Bruce Carlson & Andrea Mosconi, Ente Triennale Internazionale Degli Strumenti, Cremona (illustrated)
  • The Strad, February, 1983, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, June, 2005, John Dilworth, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, June, 2005, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • The Hill Collection of Musical Instruments, David D. Boyden, Oxford University Press, London
  • The Violin Book, Bafalon, London (illustrated)
  • Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery | Art - History - Nature of Carlisle, Cumbria

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