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Caressa & Francais

Henri Français (1861-1943) was trained in Mirecourt by Auguste Darte before joining Gand & Bernardel, taking Gand’s position in 1892. Felix Albert Caressa (1866-1939) was apprenticed to Gand & Bernardel, and established his partnership with Français in 1901, working together at 12 rue de Madrid in Paris. In 1920 the company came under the control of Caressa, before Henri’s son Emile took over in 1938. Caressa & Francais made a great number of violins, violas and cellos all made in the French tradition of fine finish and formal classical Italian models. They were also prolific bow makers, as well as being recognised experts and connoisseurs.

Caressa & Francais

(fl Paris, 1901-1930)

Henri Français (1861-1943) was trained in Mirecourt by Auguste Darte before joining Gand & Bernardel, taking Gand’s position in 1892. Felix Albert Caressa (1866-1939) was apprenticed to Gand & Bernardel, and established his partnership with Français in 1901, working together at 12 rue de Madrid in Paris. In 1920 the company came under the control of Caressa, before Henri’s son Emile took over in 1938. Caressa & Francais made a great number of violins, violas and cellos all made in the French tradition of fine finish and formal classical Italian models. They were also prolific bow makers, as well as... Read more