Charles Adolphe Gand and Charles Nicolas Eugene Gand partnered to form Gand Freres in 1855. The brothers were widely known as expert connoisseurs and restorers, with Adolphe employed as the official luthier to both the Paris Opera and the Emperor of France, and Nicolas Eugene known as an accomplished violinist, having studied under Baillot at the Paris Conservatoire. The same year they joined forces-the year before this violin was completed—they won first prize at the Paris Exhibition.
This violin is a fabulous example of their work and shows a deep understanding of workmanship and style. It could undoubtedly be a career-long companion for the most demanding professional violinist.