Pieter Rombouts violin, Amsterdam circa 1690. Later scroll.
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 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.