Biography Pieter Rombouts

This excellent maker was the son of Sibilla Barents who married Hendrik Jacobs in 1676. Pieter Rombouts thus became Jacobs' stepson. It is clear that already at an early age Rombouts must have come into contact with violin-making and assisted his stepfather with his work.
Pieter's hand is heavier, although he was a master at the treatment of the fluting and channelling which runs along the outlines of top and back. His purfling is wider, and although neatly done, it is rather less delicate than that of Jacobs. His heads also differ from those, made by his teacher, in that they are a little bolder of form. An interesting characteristic of his heads is their narrowness at the top of the back, widening considerably towards the lower end as is in the case with the works by the Carcassi brothers.
Rombouts has also made a number of fine violas and viola da gambas. A beautiful specimen (dated 1708) of the latter is on show at the Municipal Museum at the Hague. Its marvellously preserved light red varnish is particulary striking and reminiscent of the finest early-Italian varnishes. Of special interest is his label which has not been printed with a wooden block like the labels of the majority of the old masters, but - judging by its outstanding clear characters, an engraved metal block must have been used. Of the Dutch masters, Gosewijn Spijker too, used to use an elegant calligraphed metal block.

From: The Violin-makers of the Low Countries, by Max Möller, 1955 Amsterdam



Auctions Pieter Rombouts violins

Type Date City Auction House Sale Date Lot USD   Info
violin 1713 Amsterdam Tarisio May 9, 2014 270 $36,000

Labeled: "Pieter Rombouts, Amsterdam, 1713."

LOB:35.4 cm

cello - Christie's Oct 13, 2009 168 $212,500  
violin 1720c Bongartz's May 24, 2008 - $49,784  
violin - Bongartz's Nov 12, 2005 153 $12,359  
violin - Amsterdam Phillip's Mar 13, 2000 101 $18,785

Labeled: Hendrik Jacobs me fecit in Amsterdam 17-

LOB: 35 cm

violin 1701 Amsterdam Christie's Mar 15, 2000 240 $8,652

LOB: 35.6 cm

Notes: later scroll

violin 1705 Amsterdam Phillip's Nov 10, 1995 129 $9,058

Labeled: Hendrik Jakobs me fecit, Amsterdam 1701

LOB: 35.5 cm

Notes: some old table and rip repairs, varnish rubbed down on table

small violin - Amsterdam Phillip's Jul 19, 1984 115 $3,068

Labeled: Nichola Amatus, Cremona 1673

LOB: 33.8 cm

  Maximum sale price (USD): $212,500

Pieter Rombouts, Amsterdam circa 1700

Pieter Rombouts violin $40,000 -$60,000