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Charles Adolphe Gand

A member of the extensive Gand dynasty of French violin makers, Charles Adolphe was born in 1812, the son of Charles François and the elder brother of Charles Nicolas Eugène. He succeeded to the family business in the rue Croix-des-Petits-Champs in Paris in 1845, working with his brother as ‘Gand Frères’ from 1855. He gained many honours and prizes throughout his career, winning first prize at the Paris Exhibition in 1855, being appointed Luthier to the Paris Opera and to the Emperor and made Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 1862. His work as a connoisseur and expert overshadows his relatively limited production of very fine Stradivari copies, and bows.

Charles Adolphe Gand

(Paris, b 1812; d 1866)

A member of the extensive Gand dynasty of French violin makers, Charles Adolphe was born in 1812, the son of Charles François and the elder brother of Charles Nicolas Eugène. He succeeded to the family business in the rue Croix-des-Petits-Champs in Paris in 1845, working with his brother as ‘Gand Frères’ from 1855. He gained many honours and prizes throughout his career, winning first prize at the Paris Exhibition in 1855, being appointed Luthier to the Paris Opera and to the Emperor and made Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 1862. His work as a connoisseur and expert overshadows his... Read more

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