Birth : 1858 in Mirecourt (Vosges) Death : 1934 in Paris (Ile de France)

Biography

Career
Paul SERDET served his apprenticeship under GAILLARD in Mirecourt before joining the workshop of Justin DERAZEY.
In 1877 he went to Lyon where he was an assistant to H.C SILVESTRE.
In 1894 SERDET moved to Paris and established his own  workshop at 28 rue du Faubourg-Poissonnière.

Works
Paul SERDET worked after the models of the classic Italian makers, mainly Stradivari and Guarneri.
He used a rich oil varnish in a range of colors from reddish-brown to orange-red.
SERDET's workmanship is outstanding and demonstrates a perfect choice of wood.
His production is highly praised by collectors and musicians alike.
Even if no information has been previously available concerning a collaboration between Paul SERDET and Joseph HEL, it is interesting to compare their respective productions. Similarities bewteen the workmanship, models, style, and varnishes of the two makers are worthy of mention and indicate a strong stylistic affiliation.

Label & stamp
SERDET's label reads:
Paul Serdet
Luthier à Paris + Date and Number
His instruments are stamped on the inside back, above the label.
After the year 1900, a second label was used mentionning the gold medal SERDET received at the Paris International Exhibition.

Honors & awards
1889, Paris International Exhibition. Gold medal for his work as an  
assistant to H.C SILVESTRE.
1900, Paris International Exhibition. Gold medal.

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