Celebrated Dutch luthier Pieter Rombouts (1667-1728) trained with his stepfather Hendrik Jacobs, who was ostensibly a student of Nicolò Amati. From the workshop he shared with Jacobs in central Amsterdam, Rombouts produced violins, violas, and cellos, as well as pochettes and viols. Rombouts' early instruments, such as the violin offered here, were made following the style of Jacobs, Jacob Stainer, and Amati. As was the practice of violin makers of his time, Rombouts' instruments were often labeled Amati. The scroll of this violin is not original, but was made, in our opinion, by another maker in the 18th century.
This violin exhibits a well-pronounced arch and deep red-brown varnish, both hallmarks of the maker's work.
Sold with a certificate of authenticity from Reuning & Son Violins.
Pieter Rombouts, Amsterdam circa 1690 Dark brown varnish. 4/4