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date: 22 November 2019

Boumeester, Jan locked

  • Jaak Liivoja-Lorius


(b Quakenbrück, 1629; d Amsterdam, Jan 28, 1681). Netherlands violin maker of German birth. One of the best-known violin makers of the 17th-century Dutch school, he worked in Amsterdam from at least 1653, when he married there, until his death. He was related by marriage to Gerrit Menslage (b Essen, c1606; d Amsterdam, 1661), an instrument maker who, like Boumeester, lived near the Oude Kerk. His son Harmanus Boumeester (1656–78) was also a luthier, but perhaps due to his early death the workshop was taken over first by Jan Boumeester’s widow, then by their daughter, Margareta, and in 1704 by a former assistant, Jan Vos (d 1721). Others who might have worked in the well-established shop include Cornelis Kamp (c1657–c1706), Gijsbert Verbeeck (1642–1717), and Dirck ten Bos (c1660–c1704). A Johannes Boumeester of Quackenbrück, certainly a relation, was also an instrument maker....

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