DHV:
1130
Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

I, Cremona

Maker:

Antonio & Girolamo

Amati

Date:

1597

Antonius, & Hieronymus Fr. Amati / Cremonen Andrae fil F. 1597 [printed except 1597]

Body Shape:

Cello

Current Location:

USA, Washington, DC

Sound Holes:

F

Collection:

Smithsonian Institution

No. of Strings:

(4)

Catalog Number:

65.0643; 1991.0406

Head:

Scroll

Previous Owner:

University of Pennsylvania; Sarah Frischmuth

Measurements:

Body Length:

63.1

String Length:

Rib Depth:

10.3

Upper Width:

32.7

Middle Width:

21.6

Bottom Width:

40.6

Information Source:

TGM visit 2/93

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Auctions:

Comments:

Herzog 2003, IT-25; Chiesa 2002, pp. 89-91; Miller 1994, pp. 49-51

Herzog 2003, IT-25 (FB+S); Chiesa 2002, p. 90 (F+S, head side); Herzog 2002, p. 157 (front); [unpublished, from museum: FB+S, head side]

Arched back; pointed corners, overhanging edges; fold undone when converted to a cello. Poor condition, with worm damage, cracks, abraded edges of table, etc. Miller 1994: lower two-thirds of body is intact and unmodified; so nearly identical to 1611 Amati bass at Ashmolean that they must have been built from the same mold and pattern. Scroll by Grancino (C. Beare to Smithsonian, 1989). Came to Smithsonian in 1965, but ownership not transferred until 1991. Chiesa 2002: back arching is slight and quite different from that on Amati cellos.