Brothers Gand

photo: courtesy of the Frieman family

Brothers Gand

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 guitarswith a bow

Violin maker: Brothers Gand

Date: before? 1865

Town: Paris

Country: France

Owner: in private possession

Provenance: outstanding Polish violinist Gustaw Frieman (1842–1902), a pupil of Joseph Lambert Massart, received the instrument as the first prize from the Paris Conservatory in 1865; currently in the possession of the Frieman family; pictured: Gustaw Frieman

Description: spruce belly, one-piece sycamore back

Inscriptions: on the outer ribs in golden letters: … [GRAND?] PRIX DÉCERNÉ Par le CONSE … / MUSIQUE a Gustave FRIEMAN L’…; printed label reading: GAND FRÈRES Luthiers de la Musique de l’Empereur / et du Conservatoire Imperial de Musique / №… Paris 18…

Measurements: body length 355 mm, upper bout 180 mm, middle bout 110 mm, lower bout 210 mm, total length 599 mm

Materials: spruce, sycamore

Violinists: Gustaw Frieman (1842-1902); Michał Grabarczyk (Sixth Prize at the 1967 International H. Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań)

Michał Grabarczyk, Elena Pashkova, 1967; N. Paganini-P. Kochański, La Campanella, Anthology © Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society of Poznań

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