Biography

Career
Albert CARESSA served his apprenticeship under GAND and BERNARDEL in Paris. In 1901, when Gustave BERNARDEL retired, CARESSA became the head of the firm. He took Henri FRANCAIS as an associate and they ran the firm together under the name CARESSA ET FRANCAIS until 1920, at which point Henri FRANCAIS retired.

Works
The CARESSA & FRANCAIS firm kept the tradition established by LUPOT and was transmitted through generations of talented violin makers including Auguste Sébastien BERNARDEL, Ernest Auguste BERNARDEL, Eugène GAND, Gustave BERNARDEL, and Emile FRANCAIS.

Collector
Albert CARESSA amassed an important collection of instruments throughout his professional life.

Collaborators
BOULANGEOT Emile ( from 1901 to 1909 )

COLLENOT Louis ( from 1915 to 1917 )
LAURENT Emile ( from 1902 to 1908 )
SCHMITT Lucien ( circa 1919 )

Bows
Like many of the great Parisian violin firms, CARESSA & FRANCAIS has sold bows under its name. These bows were made by the great makers of the time including :
FÉTIQUE Jules
FÉTIQUE Victor
THOMASSIN Claude
RICHAUME André

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