- Charles Beare
French family of violin makers. Auguste Sebastien Philippe Bernardel (b Mirecourt, 24 Jan 1798; d Bougival, 1870), known as Bernardel père, was apprenticed as a violin maker in Mirecourt before moving to Paris to work for Lupot and Charles François Gand. He opened his own workshop in Paris in 1826, where he remained for 40 years, creating a large number of violins and cellos on the pattern of Stradivari. Occasionally he followed Guarneri or Maggini. Although overshadowed by those of his colleague J.-B. Vuillaume, Bernardel’s instruments are characterized by fine workmanship and choice materials. He was less successful with his varnish, and his violins sometimes appear rather bulky. The cellos are greatly sought after. His instruments won recognition and awards at expositions as early as 1827.
He retired in 1866 in favour of his two sons, Ernest Auguste Bernardel (b Paris, 1826; d Paris, 10 Dec 1899...