Amati, Dom Nicolo [Marchioni, Nicolo ]
- Laurence Libin
[Marchioni, Nicolo ]
(fl Bologna, Italy 1662–1752). Italian violin maker. He had no connection with the Cremonese Amati family, but is sometimes said to have been a pupil of Giovanni Guidanti; this has not been substantiated. He entered the priesthood in 1687 and apparently set up a workshop about 1718, the date of his earliest known label. His instruments, in some respects influenced by Guidanti’s teacher Tononi, are conservative in method and inconsistent in style, for example in the varied placement of their soundholes. Dom Nicolo’s fairly prolific workshop doubtless employed several assistants, most likely his brother and nephews, but the idiosyncratic carving of the scrolls and placement of large position pins appear characteristic of his hand. The best of his violins, while not equal to the finest Italian craftsmanship, are of high quality....