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date: 16 November 2019

Eberle, Johann Ulrich locked

  • Jaak Liivoja-Lorius


(b Vils, Tyrol, Austria, July 2, 1699; d Prague, Czech Republic, July 2, 1768). Austro-Bohemian luthier of Tyrolean origin. He served his apprenticeship in Vils before settling in Prague as a young man. His training continued there under Thomas Edlinger III (1662–1729). Eberle’s violins bear many similarities to Edlinger’s but his best instruments, modelled along Italian lines, surpass those of his master. His varnish is almost always brown-hued and applied over a yellow ground. Eberle seems to have had a special attraction to bird’s-eye maple. His elegant violas d’amore are much appreciated by collectors and performers. He also made viol-shaped double basses. Eberle used printed labels with decorative borders, their wording usually latinized after the Italian custom, as well as manuscript labels identifying himself as ‘Lauten und Geigen Macher’.

K. Jalovec: ceští houslaři [Violin Makers of Bohemia] (Prague, 1959; Eng. trans., 1959)

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