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These new viola bows are made from excellent Brazilian pernambuco, assembled and finished by Alecio Luiz Dos Reis, a young Brazilian maker living in the UK. They represent exceptional value for money. More details
This is an excellent gold-mounted bow by Alfred Knoll – according to Hartmut Knoll it dates from the late 1960s or early 1970s, although it looks brand new. It’s a very attractive bow of octagonal section red pernambuco, and it plays like a dream, not too stiff, not too slappy – silky would be the best word to describe the action and the sound. I would recommend it for an aspiring soloist – it’s clean, lively and very responsive. And it’s in perfect condition. More details
This is a lovely bow by Roger Lotte carrying his own later brand. It’s a classic example of his work with a rounded heel, Parisian eye, and a Simon-like backwards curve to the head. The fine red pernambuco is also typical – round in section, with mounts of silver and ebony. The condition is excellent.
I’m a big fan of Michael Taylor’s bows – I always like them, and this one is very typical. It bears the serial number 1704 under the frog, and according to Michael this dates it to around 1989. Under the leather it will be stamped Michael J Taylor on the player’s side and Ealing Strings on the audience side. It’s a very attractive bow, with fine red pernambuco in round section and gold and ebony mounts. The condition is near perfect, with one very careful owner who bought it new from Ealing Strings. More details
The Morizot workshop in Mirecourt was formed in 1937 by the sons of Louis Morizot. It was a busy place full of talented and competitive people, and the quantity and quality of bows produced is staggering. This particular bow is a very fine example in perfect condition, made for Collin-Mézin, and with an ornamental “R” engraved on the ferrule. The stick is of octagonal section red-brown pernambuco of high quality, mounts are silver and ebony. More details
Arthur Bultitude is a highly respected English maker who spent much of his working life at Hills. On leaving the Hill shop he specialised in exquisite bows with ornamental frogs, and his work has influenced an entire generation of contemporary English makers. More details
This is a very fine Nürnberger family viola bow, probably an early work by Carl Albert Nürnberger. The brand with a * at each end came into use after 1910, yet some archaic aspects of this bow’s construction suggest that it can’t be much later than that. The bow has a silver face and a pinned underslide, and it oozes style. The stick is of beautifully flecked round section pernambuco – mounts are silver and ebony.
Peccatte is one of the big names in French bow-making. François, brother to Dominique, had a very short life and his work is relatively unknown. He is thought to have worked alongside his brother before setting up on his own in 1843, and this bow dates from the early years of his independent production. More details
Claude Thomassin worked for Gand & Bernardel before setting up on his own , first in Paris then from 1904 in Mirecourt. He was a highly respected and very successful maker who supplied bows to numerous shops and instrument-makers. J&A Beare in London bought bows from Thomassin, as did Withers and many others. His bows are very distinctive, mainly on account of the heavily swept back ferrule and rounded frog – the work is of high quality and the bows generally play very well. More details
On trial, £16,500
Emile Auguste Ouchard is one of the most highly valued bow makers of the 20th century. His style is individual and very precise, and the playing qualities of his bows are rarely surpassed. Many professionals use an EA Ouchard. This fine viola bow from his New York period is a very good example, powerful yet responsive and with a huge sound. More details
Nicolas Maline, also known confusingly as Guillaume Maline, is quite a maverick figure from the Golden period of French bow-making. Even his dates are disputed, as is the question of whether or not he worked for Vuillaume. However, his work is unique and distinctive, and of the highest quality. More details
On trial, £28,500
FN Voirin is one of the greatest names in bow-making. Although his bows haven’t become a currency in the way that Sartory bows have, he is generally regarded as the better maker. While his bows are inevitably lighter, they have unparalleled elegance and are renowned for their quality of sound.
This viola bow is a lovely example of his work, typically refined and perfectly proportioned. The stick is of octagonal section orange-brown pernambuco with speckled figure, mounts are silver and ebony. The condition is astounding.
This is a superb Sartory viola bow in near pristine condition, stamped E SARTORY A PARIS, and certified by Pierre Guillaume. Sartory bows represent a kind of gold standard for professional players – utterly reliable, with the brilliance of the greatest of French makers, but with a weight and balance that works for modern technique.
The stick is of round section red brown pernambuco with silver and ebony mounts. The condition is superb – there are no issues to report aside from a minor repaired pin crack to the stick at the adjuster. More details