Roland Baumgartner takes a look at a violin by the French maker
Gustave Adolphe Bernardel, son of Auguste Sébastien Philippe Bernardel (called Bernardel père), was born on 20 April 1832 in Paris. He worked together with his elder brother Ernest Auguste in their father’s workshop. From 1859 onwards the company was called ‘Bernardel & Fils, Luthiers, Élève de Lupot’. When Bernardel père retired in 1865, Gustave and Ernest created a new company together with the brothers Gand, who had their workshop just across the street. It was named ‘Gand et Bernardel Frères’.
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