Violin by Antonio and Girolamo Amati, Cremona, 1629

Object type
instrument
Description
The front is of medium grained quarter-cut spruce marked with a slight hazel figure. The back is made of figured slab-cut maple. The quarter-cut ribs are also made of figured maple. Upper and lower ribs are made in one continuous piece.
The scroll is also made from slab-cut maple which causes a pronounced flame along the back of the pegbox, rather than along the sides and is a trypical feature of early Cremonese and Brescian instruments.Another distinct feature of early Amati scrolls is the fluting ending in a platform at the upper pegbox.
The purfling is made of poplar and strips of dyed pear wood.
The arching is full in the flanks with lightly sculpted edgework, while the elegant and petite soundholes have gently fluted lower wings,
The sweeping lines of the body blend into long and elegantly shaped corners. The beautiful preparation and inlaying of the Brothers' purflings set standards for all violin makers to follow.

This early example of a "Grand Pattern" Amati violin model marked an important step in the design of the violin and inspired the outlines of Stradivari's 'Golden period' violins made between 1700 and 1730.
Artist/Maker
Date made
1629
Classification
woodwork
Technique
joined
Material
maple, spruce, ebony
Object type
Type Length Width Height Diameter Unit (length)
Stop 195 mm
Neck 132 mm
Back 350 mm
Upper Bout 168 mm
Middle Bout 113 mm
Lower Bout 206 mm
Back (with caliper) mm
Upper Bout (with caliper) mm
Middle Bout (with caliper) mm
Lower Bout (with caliper) mm
Total String Length 331 mm
Accession No
2002.324

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