Violin by

Girolamo Amati Ⅱ
Cremona, 1710

Girolamo Amati was the only violin-making son of his father, Nicolo, and was born when his father was 53 years old. By the time Girolamo came of age, Nicolo had been using apprentices, including Andrea Guarneri and G. B. Rogeri. When Nicolo died in 1684 at age 88, Girolamo had been an integral part of the workshop for two decades.

By this time, Antonio Stradivari had become the dominant maker in Cremona and was starting to evolve his model as we know it. Although Girolamo remained basically faithful to his father’s model, he was not immune to Stradivari’s influence. This can be seen mainly in Girolamo’s arches, which became flatter and fuller toward the edges, resulting in a more powerful sound.

This superb violin, which retains its original label, is such an example. It has all the requisite strength and power of the golden age of Cremonese violin making.