Charles Adolphe Gand


Inventory no.:French C1840 2.104.0B7D.P 10/22
Maker:Charles Adolphe Gand
Region: French
Year: c.1840
Tone: Warm, Power, Radiant sweetness.



Charles Adolph Gand, also known as Gand Frére, assumed control of his father’s workshop in 1845, inheriting a rich tradition of France’s finest luthiers. Within the esteemed lineage of his craft, Gand thrived and emerged as one of the most exceptional makers of his time. Collaborating with his brother Eugene, they achieved great success, winning 1st prize at the 1855 Paris Exhibition and receiving the accolade directly from Emperor Napoleon III himself. Additionally, Gand held the prestigious position of the official luthier to the Paris Opera and to the Emperor.


Despite his limited time for instrument making due to his reputation as an esteemed expert of old instruments, Gand’s entire production is renowned for its unrivalled quality. Collectors and professional musicians alike actively seek out his instruments.


The antique appearance of this violin is defined by its transparent orange-brown varnish, bearing traces of extensive, devoted playing and musical expression. The golden-yellow shimmering round of the two-piece maple back, adorned with an orange-brown varnish, adds a touch of sophistication to this French instrument.


The instrument’s design exemplifies harmony, a quality that is further unveiled in its clear and warm sound. Resonating full of timbre, this violin carries a radiant sweetness in its upper registers, captivating both the player and the audience alike.

Audio Sample

*Percentages shown below are an accurate indicator of the violin’s respective characteristics among TMX’s collection of violins.

Development 90%
Design 80%
Marketing 70%


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