This illustration of a violin by Nicolo Amati was published in The Strad, April 1975. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs:
Nicolo Amati, the son of Girolamo (Hieronymus) is generally considered the finest maker of the family and his work represents the peak of achievement at Cremona prior to the advent of Stradivari. Nicolo was born at Cremona on September 3, 1596. There is no doubt that he received training in the workshop of his father and uncle (Antonio). His early work is almost identical to his father's and it is believed that he was the actual maker of a number of violins that bear the Antonio and Hieronymus label.
It is more than likely that Nicolo took but little part in the construction of instruments bearing his label dated ten years or so prior to his death, as he had working for him a number of excellent craftsmen, including Andrea Guarneri, Giovanni Battista Rogeri, Francesco Rugeri, his own son Heironymus II and last, but no means least, Antonio Stradivari.
The Amati illustrated, which bears a Brothers Amati label, was made by Nicolo Amati about the period 1660-70, and is a typical example of the maker's small pattern. The two-piece back is of maple having a narrow flame running slightly downwards from the centre, with wooden pins right and left of centre joint at upper and lower blocks. The ribs are of maple similar to makings to the back. The top is of spruce medium to fine grain. The varnish is original, golden brown in colour. The principal measurements are as follows: Length 13 3/8 inches; Upper Bouts 6 5/6 inches; Middle Bouts 4 5/16 inches; Lower Bouts 7 3/16 inches.