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Bernard Simon Fendt

The son of Bernhard Simon (I), born in London in 1801, he followed a very similar career. He worked alongside his father at Betts’ shop and in 1831 formed a partnership with Charles Farn, a violin dealer previously employed by his father’s associate Charles Vernon. Farn died in 1832, and Fendt struck up a new business with George Purdy, in the Haymarket and then Dean Street in London. He died of consumption in 1852, but left a fine body of work, mostly beautifully executed copies of classical Italian works (he was one of the first makers to explore the Guarneri model), in particular a number of double basses which are particularly esteemed.

Bernard Simon Fendt

(London, b 1801; d 1852)

The son of Bernhard Simon (I), born in London in 1801, he followed a very similar career. He worked alongside his father at Betts’ shop and in 1831 formed a partnership with Charles Farn, a violin dealer previously employed by his father’s associate Charles Vernon. Farn died in 1832, and Fendt struck up a new business with George Purdy, in the Haymarket and then Dean Street in London. He died of consumption in 1852, but left a fine body of work, mostly beautifully executed copies of classical Italian works (he was one of the first makers to explore the Guarneri... Read more

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Bernhard Fendt’s ‘remarkable imitation of a 1705 period Stradivari

20 October 2017 - Dilworth, John

Lot 6 in our October auction is a Bernhard Fendt violin made in London, circa 1810. It is one of three violins we gave luthier, restorer and expert John Dilworth to analyse ahead of the auction. In the first of... Read more

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