Birth : 1865 in Mirecourt (Vosges) Death : 1930 in Mirecourt (Vosges)

Biography

Career
Son of a Guitar maker, Charles Georges BRUGERE started his apprenticeship in 1878 with Etienne DROUIN, in Mirecourt, with whom he stayed until 1882. He then successively joined Paul BLANCHARD in Lyon, Paul BAILLY in Paris and, in 1885, GAND & BERNARDEL Frères in Paris.
In 1892, BRUGERE managed the business of Eugène HENRY for three years before he established his own workshop in 1895 at 11 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière à Paris. He retired in 1920 in Mirecourt where he continued restoration works towards the end of his life.


Works

Charles Georges BRUGERE was a very good maker and boasted one of the most unique styles of his time, winning a silver medal in 1900 at the Paris Universal exhibition and a gold medal in 1905 at the Liege Universal Exhibition. He worked mainly after STRADIVARI and AMATI. He built more than 250 violins and created 4 double basses with lion heads in the style of GAND and BERNARDEL.

Label & stamps
- Label with number, date, and initials "CB" signed in ink.
- numbered in ink on the inside back.
- stamped "Brugère à Paris" in various places on the inside
- stamped "Brugère à Paris" on the lowest rib over the button.
- Signed in ink and dated on the inside

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