martin swan

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  1. I see no reason to conceal the link since it's on a public website : http://www.isabellesviolins.com/gandbernardel/?photo=SideLeft That label is authentic, as is the violin, though it's in rather poor condition and has little of its original varnish. The number and the date are beautifully scripted and legible, and the label also doesn't have a black border. It doesn't look anything like the OP violin (though for some reason we haven't seen the front of that one), but entirely like the 1866 example I posted.
  2. Maybe you need to share your pretty convincing evidence?
  3. Really? Here is an 1866 Gand & Bernardel.
  4. I wasn't aware of that - good to know. I tried to find the article you mention on Cozio - do you have a link to it? I still don't believe this is a genuine label. We've had several Gand & Bernardels and the handwritten numbers have always been legible and italic! Here's a G&B Freres label from the second empire :
  5. Well it's somewhat academic since the violin isn't a Gand & Bernardel, but G&B labels are always impeccably scripted ...
  6. If you're on first name terms with Isaac, why nor buy your bow from him? You would get something in perfect condition with a guarantee of authenticity and you wouldn't have to consult with the Maestronet family
  7. Perhaps the fake label is the same age as the violin. Authentic G&B labels don't have a black border so it's not even as if this is a genuine label put into a different violin Doesn't it say 1898? Gand & Bernardel ceased trading in 1892 ... and the Second Empire ended in 1872.
  8. This has nothing to do with Gand & Bernardel, and it doesn't really even look French to me.
  9. Yes, it's a violin across the way and a viola along the way ...
  10. Apples and oranges ... besides, if the Nurnberger is the same price as a JP Bernard, it's not much of a Nurnberger.
  11. I don't suppose it was late 18th century French? I have seen a couple of experimental violins by Salomon and Lepileur that were like that all round - kind of a 3/4 size back and a full size front. Hardly a concept that a modern maker should be able to patent ...
  12. It's easier to taper from the upper blocks to the top block than it is to taper the entire rib assembly. So maybe the bending stress is just a by-product - something that wasn't considered a big deal. We certainly have no evidence that it enhances the sound.
  13. Luis, thanks for posting this. From the work of Enzo Bertelli I assumed that the OP violin was not authentic - your photos confirm this for me.
  14. You're not really listening ... A poplar back would not be a factor in valuation but is this really the work of a mainstream professional maker? And what would a regular dealer be doing selling an authentic one for $5k when they could make 5 times that? I don't suppose it has any kind of certificate?
  15. An authentic Bertelli would surely be well over $20k at retail. Maybe this is your pot of gold ... or maybe not!
  16. Mid 4 figures negociable is not a Luigi Bertelli ... and in 1950 Luigi Bertelli had been making violins professionally for some time
  17. Hi Dani! Do you have photos of your violin? It would be great to get a bit more familiar with this maker.
  18. A quick google won't tell you anything much about anything, and what it will tell you is not worth knowing ... Luigi Bertelli was a professional maker, and father to the rather better known Enzo Bertelli. The entry in Vannes included in the OP's picture tells you a good deal. I don't know this maker personally. While the edgework and the scroll (and the poplar back) look Italian, I find the f-holes pretty crude (particularly the lower tongues) and I'm disconcerted by the bump in the arching just outside the lower portion of the f-holes, which I would associate with a rapidly made trade instrument. But hey, a lot of Italian violins are pretty rubbish and still people must have them in preference to far better non-Italian instruments.
  19. Yes they have all certainly been gravitating towards the US recently! I spoke with a violin hunter colleague of mine in Germany, he also attests to these violins being very plentiful in Germany. We discussed the Enrico Robella label and whether that might be specifically American, but the only examples either of us had bought came from Germany too ... Oscar Meinel may be a US label ... never seen one this side of the pond.
  20. Where are these alleged cracks? all I can see is a tiny start of a wing crack on the left side ...
  21. With regard to the first point, it has a certificate from the seller, so one would hope so - you might ask to see the wording. With regard to the second, what are you looking for? I can't imagine ever buying a bow without trying it, but this is a "no return" sale so you can't do that. It's like rolling the dice when you have to get a double 6 ...
  22. Haha! You can check the auction records, they really do crop up frequently, though admittedly the auction results show a lot more in the US.
  23. The label is fake ... It may well be worth $1k but I'm not convinced it's French.
  24. There is one and sometimes two in every round of the London auctions ...