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Violin by Gand & Bernardel, Paris 1888


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Violin By Gand & Bernardel, Paris 1888

Gand & Bernardel,1866 – 1892, established in 1866 after the death of Charles Adolphe Gand, Charles Nicolas Eugène Gand and the Bernardel brothers Gustave Adolphe and Ernest Auguste forming the highly prolific and successful Parisian firm of Gand & Bernardel.

From 1866 to 1901, the firm produced over 1,000 instruments and bows, many of fine quality, becoming one of the most prominent firms in violin making history. Before Caressa & Français bought the firm in 1901, Gand and Bernardel trained and employed some of the finest luthiers and archetiers of the time including Charles Peccatte, Vigneron père, Pierre Simon, Joseph Henry, François Nicolas Voirin and Claude Thomassin.

This particular violin is in excellent condition and an outstanding piece of French craftsmanship and artistry. A beautifully flamed, two-piece maple back, covered in a rich, orange-brown varnish on a golden ground. Producing a bright and rich tone, violin is suitable for the established musician or aspiring soloist.

Gand mainly learnt his craft from his father Charles François, who a pupil and son-in-law of Nicolas Lupot. The Bernardel brothers studied with their father Auguste Sébastien Philippe, who was a student of both Charles François Gand and Nicolas Lupot.

Most instruments are based on classical Cremonese models. In 1892 Gustave Bernardel became the sole owner of the firm, until he sold it to Caressa & Français in 1901.

The two piece back of maple of strong medium curl descending across the back from the centre joint.  The ribs, peg box and scroll of similar curl. the two piece front of spruce of medium-broad grain.  The varnish of a rich orange-brown colour on a yellow ground.

A fine and handsome violin bearing the makers original label. The attractive two-piece back of maple of medium curl descending across the back from the centre joint, the ribs, peg box and scroll of similar curl. The table in two pieces of spruce of medium-broad narrow grain. The varnish of a rich orange-brown colour on a yellow ground.

Label Reads:

GAND & BERNARDEL Frrs, Luthiers de la Musique de l’Emereur et du Conservatoire, No.922 Paris 1888

  • Length of back 357 mm
  • Width upper bout 169 mm
  • Width centre bout 111 mm
  • Width lower bout 209 mm

Condition Report

  • Please note that the condition report lists all repairs that have been historically undertaken. The instrument is, however, offered in a fully restored condition and has been fully and professionally setup in our workshops. Any repairs have either been conducted by ourselves or fully inspected and the quality of the repair verified by our workshop. No further repairs are required.


Additional information

Weight3.2 kg
Dimensions83.5 × 31 × 19 cm


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