24th October 2017
3 instruments by Girolamo Amati ii
Girolamo (or Hieronymus) Amati II, the eldest son of Nicolò Amati, is probably his most underestimated pupil. He studied with his father from an early age and took over the family workshop after Nicolò’s death in 1684. Although the workshop never again achieved the success or prolific production it had enjoyed under Nicolò, probably because of competition from the Stradivari and Guarneri shops, Girolamo was a gifted maker, as is shown by all of the instruments featured here. His archings tended to be fuller than those of his father, and his varnish less spectacular, but tonally his instruments stand up well to Nicolò’s work.
In 1697 Girolamo fell on hard times, possibly due to legal problems, and he left Cremona, moving to Piacenza. Eighteen years later he returned to the town of his birth and lived out the rest of his life there, but he seems to have given up violin making soon after his departure from Cremona, and instruments dated post-1700 are extremely rare. Sadly he had no pupils and the great violin making name of Amati died with him in 1740.