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Francois Fent

François Fent, born Franz Fendt in Fussen in 1733, trained there with Johann Anton Gedler before moving to Paris in about 1760, where he adopted the French form of his name. His shop was in Monmatre, and around 1783 he was joined by his nephews Bernhard Simon and Johann Fendt, who died in 1789. François himself died in 1796. He is an important figure in pre-revolutionary French violin making, drawing a line between the Stainer and Amati-influenced ‘Vieux Paris’ style, and the more Stradivarian models adopted by subsequent makers such as François-Llouis Pique and Nicolas Lupot.

Francois Fent

(b. Füssen, 1733; d. Paris, 1796)

François Fent, born Franz Fendt in Fussen in 1733, trained there with Johann Anton Gedler before moving to Paris in about 1760, where he adopted the French form of his name. His shop was in Monmatre, and around 1783 he was joined by his nephews Bernhard Simon and Johann Fendt, who died in 1789. François himself died in 1796. He is an important figure in pre-revolutionary French violin making, drawing a line between the Stainer and Amati-influenced ‘Vieux Paris’ style, and the more Stradivarian models adopted by subsequent makers such as François-Llouis Pique and Nicolas Lupot.

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