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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