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date: 13 November 2019

De Comble, Ambroise locked

  • Jaak Liivoja-Lorius


(b Ittre, Belgium, 1723; d Tournay, Belgium, 1796). Walloon violin maker. His instruments, which combine Stradivarian and Flemish elements, are consistently good, and he is regarded as among the best of the 18th-century Flemish makers. His model is nicely symmetrical and incorporates some unusual features. For example, the soundholes are cut rather low and give the initial impression that the upper half of the instrument is disproportionately large. De Comble also made cellos, the scrolls of which frequently have flat backs and gracefully elongated pegboxes. The varnish, generally an orange-red, red-brown, or dry red, fluctuates between a soft and hard texture. His manuscript labels are invariably brief: ‘fait a Tournay par/Ambroise De Comble 17–’. Many unauthentic instruments bear his name....

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