French Violin - Leon Bernardel - Paris, France (Early 20th Century)
  • French Violin - Leon Bernardel - Paris, France (Early 20th Century)
  • French Violin - Leon Bernardel - Paris, France (Early 20th Century)
  • French Violin - Leon Bernardel - Paris, France (Early 20th Century)
  • French Violin - Leon Bernardel - Paris, France (Early 20th Century)
  • French Violin - Leon Bernardel - Paris, France (Early 20th Century)
  • French Violin - Leon Bernardel - Paris, France (Early 20th Century)

French Violin - Leon Bernardel - Paris, France (Early 20th Century)

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Leon Bernardel (1853-1931) was born in Paris, France and studied with his father, Ernest-August Bernardel, with violin-making lineage tracing back to Nicolas Lupot.  Bernardel then trained with Justin Derazey in Mirecourt.  Later joining the firm Gand and Bernardel Brothers, Leon finally opened his own establishment in 1899.  Leon began signing his own works around 1900. 
The few instruments that Leon Bernardel made entirely on his own during this period are of a high quality, and this example of his work is true to the tradition of the firm he founded.  Featuring an evenly grained Spruce top plate, the violin was made with exquisitely tight grained Flame Maple for its two piece back plate and ribs.  The instrument is carved with a delicate scroll and purfling that is inset close to plate edges.  The varnish is an even brownish-red hue with golden undertone.  The instrument is both powerful and brilliant with fine projection and balanced tonal colors.  Though the label is not dated, the presence of the luthier’s handwritten initials places the making of this instrument during the later period of the maker’s life.  A beautiful example of French artistry from the early 20th century.  

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