Francesco Rugeri, Cremona, 1660, the 'Admiral Buckle'

Violin: 46203

Labeled, "Antonius, & Hieronymus Fr. Amati / Cremonen. Andreas fil. F 1615."

Back: Two-piece of narrow curl ascending from the joint

Top: of fine grain, broadening towards the flanks

Scroll: of faint medium curl

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Golden brown

Length of back: 35.5 cm


Admiral Sir Claude Buckle
Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
Charles James Oldham
until 1915 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1915 Robert Augustus Bower
until 1949 Vladimir Elin
from 1949 Mary Graham Rourke
in 2017 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1915)
  • Letter: Alfred E. Hill, London (1915) To Robert Bauer: "This Rugeri-Amati is a very old friend of our Firm! ... It was always known as an Amati and, when Sir Claude Buckle brought it to my Father to whom he sold it, it passed as an Amati and as such was sold to the late Charles Oldham of Brighton.... To my mind, it is thoroughly characteristic of Francesco Rugeri and an instrument of the best type of this maker's work, and, I may add, in no way inferior to an Amati."
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1890)

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  • Christie's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, June 18, 1985, New York, Christie's, Christie's, New York (illustrated)
  • The Strad, May, 1982, London


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