Bernhard Simon Fendt was born in 1769 in Füssen Germany, and died in 1832 in London. He was the nephew and pupil of violin maker François Fendt, with whom he trained in Paris from about 1783 to 1796. In 1798, he moved to London, joining the shop of Thomas Dodd, where he made several cellos using the Stradivari "forma B" model. Many of the instruments Fendt made for Dodd bear a Dodd label (very few of the instruments he made bear his own label). In 1809, Fendt transferred to the shop of John Betts until 1825, when he joined the shop of Charles Vernon. Fendt's instruments are among the finest from the turn-of-the-century London school.