SN:215-Copy of Nicolaus Amati Violin from the year 1670-description and photos

(SN:215 S$1890) Master Violin-Copy of Nicolaus Amati Violin of the year 1670-Russian Spruce aged 20yrs

THIS VIOLIN is a copy of Nicolaus Amati’s ‘Grand Pattern’ violin, which is slightly larger than the models designed by his father and grandfather. Today, these larger instruments, measuring about 35.6 cm. in body length, are particularly well-regarded by professional violinists because they produce a larger sound, more suited to modern concert halls, than the smaller models, which are still ideal for small chamber settings.

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ABOUT

NICOLAUS AMATI: Nicolaus was also known as Nicolo. His father Girolamo perished in the plague in 1630, as did many other violin makers including Nicolo’s main rival to the North, Giovanni Paulo Maggini of Brescia. At the same time, the demand for instruments of the violin family was growing, and Nicolo — still unmarried and childless — was, for the first time in the Amati family, forced take in outsiders as apprentices.

Starting in the early 1630s, Nicolo trained a succession of makers who would go on to expand violin-making in Cremona and throughout Italy. These included Andrea Guarneri, the first of the Guarneri family of makers and Giacomo Gennaro. While there is no documentary evidence that either Francesco Ruggieri or Antonio Stradivari worked in the Amati shop, it’s clear that they studied Nicolo’s instruments intently and attempted to duplicate his models and working methods. The same can be said of Jacob Stainer in Absam.

Finally in 1649, at the age of 54, Nicolo sired his first son, whom he named Girolamo in honor of his father. When Nicolo died in 1684, at the age of 88, Girolamo II inherited the shop and attempted to maintain the Amati supremacy, but with much less success than his ancestors.

Nicolo is considered by many to be one of the finest craftsmen in the history of violin making. Virtually all of his instruments are made with unerring precision and attention to detail. Nicolo is also famous for introducing the so-called ‘Grand Pattern’ violin, slightly larger than the models designed by his father and grandfather. Today, these larger instruments, measuring about 35.6 cm. in body length, are particularly well-regarded by professional violinists because they produce a larger sound, more suited to modern concert halls, than the smaller models, which are still ideal for small chamber settings.

The construction

  • · Vanish:             Italian antique varnished 
  • · Top:                   Excellence Aged Russian spruce dried for 20 years 
  • · Back:                 Selected Seasoned Flamed Maple Back dried for 15years 
  • · Fitting:             Ebony  or Rosewood fitting
  • · Fingerboard: Ebony 
  • · Soundpost:    European spruce 
  • · String:             Synthetic string
  • · Bridge:            Aubert bridge
  • · Purfling:        Hand inlay

The Dimensions of the violin as:

–  body length:355mm

–  lower bout: 206mm

–  upper bout:166mm

–  middle: 117mm.

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