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The Story of Dom Nicolaus Amati

Fine Italian Violin, Dom Nicolaus Amati, Bologna, c.1740 (Lot 28, Estimate $80,000-$100,000)

Dom Nicolaus Amati: a fine and unique violin maker, to be sure. But was he an Amati? No. Who was he really then, and why the Amati name?

Dom Nicolaus Amati is none other than Nicola Marchioni, born in 1662 in Bologna. He entered the priesthood in 1687 and was also a violin maker, though historians don’t know who trained him. He pursued these two careers simultaneously.… Read More

Meet the Experts: Horst Kloss, Master Luthier and Fine Musical Instruments Specialist

Expert appraisers work together at Skinner auction house to find, appraise, and research rare, beautiful, and historically important items. In the Meet the Experts blog series, we meet some of these experts and learn the stories behind their success.

How did you first become interested in musical instruments?

I was fortunate to grow up in the culturally rich environment of Mittenwald, Germany. The name of the town translates to “in the middle of the forest” and indeed, forests of spruce and maple surround the area and help support a tradition of violin-making that goes back to the 16th and 17th centuries.… Read More

A More Affordable Italian Violin: The Neapolitan School

For over a century, modern string players have found that Italian violins from Naples can satisfy the need for a first professional quality instrument at a fraction of the price of those by Northern Italian makers. Many, including soloists, continue to use the same Neapolitan violin throughout their careers without needing to upgrade to something older and more expensive.