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date: 13 November 2019

Rombouts, Pieter locked

  • Jaak Liivoja-Lorius
  •  and Charles Beare


(bap. Amsterdam, Nov 25, 1667; bur. Amsterdam, Sept 27, 1728). Netherlands violin and viol maker. On the remarriage in 1676 of his widowed mother, Sibilla Barents, he became the stepson of Hendrik Jacobsz, from whom he received his initial training. He became a citizen of Amsterdam on 1 November 1707, a year after marrying into a wealthy family; when his widow died in 1750 she left a fortune of more than 53,000 Gulden. As an artist Rombouts was almost his stepfather’s equal, though with rather different taste in the appearance of his instruments. His model, especially in the arching, tends to be fuller, showing a strong Stainer influence. The craftsmanship is very clean and the choice of wood often handsome. The purfling is usually of bold dimensions and the black stripes always of whalebone. His strongly individual style is increasingly recognizable in his stepfather’s instruments after 1686; he continued to use Jacobsz’s label until at least ...

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