Thomas Absam

(c. 1812 - 1812)
ABSAM (ABSOM), Thomas Worked circa. 1812-1849 London and Wakefield, Yorkshire UK. Active in London c.1812, moved to Leeds 1813, and finally established in Wakefield. Made instruments for Picard (a dealer in Leeds). Worked also for Dearlove. Flat model with very broad edges and extended corners, somewhat of the Furber type, and head showing crude Betts characteristics. Local woods used. Geometrical purfling inlay on back. Cello also Betts-like: full arch, red varnish, and inlaid purfling monogram on back in the style of Barak Norman. Meredith Morris cites two examples: one of Stradivari model, one of Amati model. Manuscript labels: Made by T. Absom / Violin Maker / No.27 Greek Street / Soho / London / August 19 1812 Thomas Absam, Leeds, late from London, 1813. Made by Thomas Absam Wakefield 1828 Thomas Absam / Wakefield / 15 Feb. 1833

£ 1,800
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