Adopt An Instrument - Violoncello, "The King," by Andrea Amati, Cremona, after 1538
The "King" Amati cello was in its original form a much larger bass violin, a part of the Renaissance violin band. It was painted with the armorials of Charles IX of France (ruled 1560-1574) and later reduced in size.
NMM 3351. Witten-Rawlins Collection, 1984