Violin

1641, with later alterations
Nicolo Amati (Italian, 1596–1684)


Object Place: Cremona, Italy

Dimensions

Length 57.8 cm, width 20.1 cm (Length 22 3/4 in., width 7 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1991.73

Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

Collections

Europe, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

Two-piece back and ribs of maple. Two-piece belly of fine-grain spruce (attributed to Carlo Tononi in Bologna, about 1700). Regular purfling. Neck and pegbox of maple. Fingerboard, nut, saddle, and end button of ebony. Tuning pegs and tailpiece of boxwood. Medium-brown varnish. Internal construction: Normal modern.

Inscription

Printed label: Nicolaus Amatus Cremonen Hieronymi / Fil. ac. Antonij Nepos fecit 1641

Provenance

1926, sold by Joseph Chanot, London, England, to Mr. V. Schliemann; before 1946, sold by Schliemann to Arthur E. Smith & Co., Sydney, Australia; 1946, sold by Smith & Co. to T.W. Kimball, Esq.; before 1969, sold by Kimball to J. Bradley Taylor, Boston, Massachusetts; 1969, sold by Taylor to Dr. Arthur Spiller, Needham, Massachusetts; 1991, gift of Spiller to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 23, 1991)

Credit Line

Gift of Arthur E. Spiller, M.D.