Unknown (an Amati copy)

photo: Agata Mierzejewska © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Unknown (an Amati copy)

Instrument: violin

Classification: 3 Chordophones / 32 Composite chordophones / 321 Lutes / 321.3 Handle lutes / 321.32 Necked lutes / 321.322 Necked box lutes or necked guitars / 321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitarswith a bow

Violin maker: unknown

Date: 19th c.

Town: Cremona [?]

Country: Italy [?]

Owner: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage’s Collection of Violins

Inventory number: KIL-13, identification no. MKiS XV-C-13

Provenance: willed to the state by musicologist Alicja Simon (1879–1957); obtained on 14 Nov. 1958

Description: most probably a copy of N. Amati's instrument; spruce belly, one-piece flame maple back; scroll in Amati style; transparent varnish in brown shades; maintained by H. Rudert (1853), P. Kubas (1962) and J. Pawlikowski (1971)

Inscriptions: printed label in floral frame reading: N...olaus Amati Craemonensis Hyeronimi / Filij ac Antonii nepos fecit anno 1670; on the right wall printed label reading: Henricus Rudertus / correxit Varsoviae anno 18(53)

Measurements: body length 351 mm, upper bout 162 mm, middle bout 104 mm, lower bout 208 mm, total length 589 mm

Materials: spruce, sycamore

Violinists: Kaja Danczowska (Third Prize at the 1967 International H. Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań; she played the instrument for thirteen years); Monika Jarecka (Fourth Prize at the 1991 International H. Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań)

Catalog card: based on the Union of Polish Artist Violin Makers’ documentation

Kaja Danczowska, Symphony Orchestra of the State Philharmonic in Poznań, conductor: Witold Krzemieński, 1967; H. Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22, I. Allegro moderato, Anthology © Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society of Poznań
Monika Jarecka, Yunko Yoshida, 1991; E. Chausson, Poème, Op. 5, Anthology © Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society of Poznań

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