Auguste Bernardel

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Auguste Bernardel

Instrument: violin

Classification: 3 Chordophones / 32 Composite chordophones / 321 Lutes / 321.3 Handle lutes / 321.32 Necked lutes / 321.322 Necked box lutes or necked guitars / 321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitars with a bow

Violin maker: Bernardel

Date: 1861

Town: Paryż

Country: France

Owner: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage's Collection of Violins

Inventory number: KIL-77, identification no. XV-C-78

Provenance: bought on 11 Nov. 1971 from Irmina Białobruska [Białobrzeska?]

Description: classic Italian style; flame spruce belly with dense graining, one-piece sycamore back; high quality wood; beautiful varnish in reddish-orange shades on a golden primer; high quality craftsmanship and excellent sound (with a rather dark tone), for virtuoso performance

Inscriptions: printed label in a double chamfered frame, reading: BERNARDEL Luthier Eléve de Lupot / Rue Croix des Petits Champs No 23 / A PARIS 18(61); corrector’s label printed in Gothic letters reading: Desider Carl Jungmann / (REP.) / Geigenbaumeister  • Berlin 19(41)

Measurements: body length 362 mm, upper bout 168 mm, middle bout 108,5 mm, lower bout 207,5 mm

Materials: spruce, sycamore

Catalog card: based on the Union of Polish Artist Violin Makers’ documentation

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