This illustration of a violin by the Brothers Amati was published in The Strad, May 1960. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs:
One of the most famous and successful partnerships in the history of violin making was that of Antonio and Girolamo Amati who are generally known by the Latin form of their names as Antonius and Hieronymus, or ‘the Brothers Amati’. They were the sons and pupils of Andrea, the founder of the celebrated family. The brothers worked together for 50 or so years and their jointly signed work dates from 1590 or maybe a few years earlier, until 1630.
The Amati illustrated, which has its original label dated Cremona, 1629, is a bold and characteristic example of the makers’ work in an unusually pure state of preservation. It is one of the rather rare ‘grand pattern’ models, the back measuring a bare 14 inches.
The one-piece back is of wood cut on the slab with a wavy curl of medium width running horizontally across. The ribs are of very similar figure. The scroll is of wood cut on the quarter and with more pronounced figure. The pine of the table is of even and somewhat open grain with knots on the upper flank, one on each side of the fingerboard. The varnish is of a warm golden light brown colour.