Fine Violin Bows Over £5,000

Our current selection of fine violin bows, chosen for playability, tone and condition.

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Here are links to violin bows £2,500 to £5,000 and violin bows under £2,500

Franz Albert Nürnberger Violin Bow, Markneukirchen c 1910

£6,000

Franz Albert Nürnberger Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1910This is a very fine early 20th century Tourte model Nürnberger bow, bearing a “Saxony” brand on the underside of the stick behind the frog. The stick is of octagonal section red-brown pernambuco, mounts are silver and ebony. The condition is exceptional, with no issues to report. More details


Louis Bazin Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930

£6,000

Louis Bazin Violin Bow,  Mirecourt circa  1930The Bazin family were one of the most important dynasties in French bow-making. Although their workshop output was massive (and massively inconsistent), the best work from Charles Nicholas Bazin and Louis Bazin is right up there. Many regard Louis as the best maker in the family, and this particular bow is a splendid example. More details


Emile François Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930

£8,000

Emile François Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930This is one of two superb bows we have by this fine French maker. Ouchard apprenticed to Eugène Cuniot, and ended up running the firm of Cuniot-Hury after Cuniot’s death in 1910. From 1923 onwards, Ouchard worked under his own name along with his son Emile Auguste.

This is a very typical example of Ouchard’s work, with a rounded heel, finely tapered pearl slide, and his most classical head. The wood is beautifully flamed orange-brown pernaumbuco, round section, mounts are silver and ebony. The condition is excellent. More details


Auguste Barbé Violin Bow for Gand & Bernardel, Paris circa 1890

£8,000

Auguste Barbé Violin Bow for Gand & Bernardel, Paris circa 1890Auguste Barbé is a highly respected maker who worked exclusively for Gand & Bernardel, and whose bows are regarded as equal to those of FN Voirin. Gand & Bernardel employed some of the great names in French bow-making (Joseph Henry and Pierre Simon perhaps the most famous), and their output was of the highest quality. This bow is typical of their later period, branded simply Gand & Bernardel rather than Gand & Bernardel Fres indicating a post-1885 date. The stick is of excellent orange-brown pernambuco, the frog is ebony with silver mounts. The head is exquisitely worked and vey artistic. More details


Emile François Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925

£8,500

Emile François Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925The second of two superb bows we have by this fine French maker, this is a unique and collectable bow. Ouchard apprenticed to Eugène Cuniot, and ended up running the firm of Cuniot-Hury after Cuniot’s death in 1910. From 1923 onwards, Ouchard worked under his own name along with his son Emile Auguste.

This is a very interesting and stylish bow with a Vuillaume-style trench frog – Pierre Guillaume considers it an unusually fine example of Ouchard’s work. The wood is dark brown round section pernaumbuco of high quality, mounts are silver and ebony. The bow is in excellent condition. More details


Heinrich Knopf Violin Bow, Dresden circa 1865

£9,500

Heinrich Knopf Violin BowThis is a superb mid-19th century bow by the most renowned of all German makers, Carl Heinrich Knopf. Knopf is best known as the principal maker behind Kittel bows, though he also produced in quantity for Bausch, and sold under his own brand. This particular bow is a Tourte model made for Richard Weichold, and carrying his brand, along with the well-known “Imitation De Tourte” brand. The stick is of dark chocolate-brown octagonal section pernambuo with silver and ebony mounts in the manner of Tourte. The condition is pretty flawless apart from a miniscule piece of ebony missing from the back of the underslide and a split in the outer ring of the adjuster. More details


James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1910

£9,500

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1910We always try to keep a couple of James Tubbs violin bows on the website – perhaps that gives a clue as to how I rate him as a maker! His model is individual and very distinctive with long buttons, long rounded ferrules, the head broad and elegant, always with a silver face. This example from Tubbs’ later period is typical – very dark brown pernambuco, silver and ebony mounts, the plain ebony frog with its square heel characteristic of the period. The stick is in great condition – there’s a bit of scratching to the player side of the frog and handle, and the pearl slide is a replacement, otherwise no issues. More details


James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1910

Recently sold

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1910We currently have 3 good James Tubbs violin bows on the website – perhaps that gives a clue as to how I rate him as a maker! His model is individual and very distinctive with long buttons, long rounded ferrules, the head broad and elegant, always with a silver face. This example from Tubbs’ later period is in superb condition – excellent mid-brown pernambuco of round section with lovely figure, silver and ebony mounts, the plain ebony frog with its square heel characteristic of the period. More details


James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1890

£12,000

James Tubbs Violin Bow,  London circa 1890

I have to admit that I’ve woken up rather belatedly to the qualities of a fine Tubbs. The wood in his bows is very variable, and some seem just too soft or light to be useful. But the bows he made with strong and dense wood like this one are amazing. His model is individual and very distinctive with long buttons, long rounded ferrules, the head broad and elegant, always with a silver face. More details


FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1860 (mounts not original)

£12,000

FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1860For most players who have had the use of a good Voirin, there’s no turning back. He is without doubt the greatest maker of the later 19th century, and the model he developed became the definitive model, copied and re-interpreted by pretty much every bowmaker since. Like so many of the greats, Voirin spent time in the Vuillaume shop, and this is one of the bows he made there (stamped JB Vuillaume). It follows the bold pattern of Pierre Simon, but with some nebulous extra refinement or elegance. The stick is of dark chocolate pernambuco with a lovely wild flame – the mounts are of the period but not original to the stick. More details


Victor Fétique Violin Bow, Paris circa 1920

£13,500

Victor Fétique Violin Bow, Paris circa 1920Victor Fétique was an extremely productive maker – the first half of his working life was spent in the employ of CN Bazin and Caressa & Francais, subsequently he ran a busy workshop in his own name, and in 1925 received the honour of “Premier Archetier de France”. Fétique stamped bows are a bit of a nightmare, since his workshop bought in and finished some sticks from Markenukirchen, and the German makers in turn faked his brand. Fétique also made a large number of unbranded bows for other dealers or violin-makers. The only way through this morass is to entrust the identification to an expert, and in this case JF Raffin has confirmed that the bow is entirely the work of Victor Fétique, though sold by and branded Paul Jombar Paris. More details


JA Vigneron (Père) Violin Bow, Paris circa 1900

£16,500

JA Vigneron (Père) Violin Bow, Paris circa 1900Joseph-Arthur Vigneron is another of the great names in French bow-making. Like so many of the better late 19th century makers he worked for Gand & Bernardel before setting up on his own. He developed his own very successful model, rather more masculine than Voirin or Lamy, balanced a bit more to the heel, and with very exaggerated chamfers to the head. This is a typical example of his work – it was the much-loved first bow of a retired professional. More details


Joseph Alfred Lamy (Père) Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

£18,000

Joseph Alfred Lamy (Père) Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895This is a very fine Joseph Alfred Lamy in excellent condition, stamped A Lamy à Paris. Lamy worked for FN Voirin until the latter’s death in 1885, then set up on his own producing bows of superb quality. This bow dates from Lamy’s earlier period – the plain eye set far back in the frog is typical of his work at this time. But unlike some bows from this period, this example has a strong stick and a perfect weight. Very much the ideal Lamy, it has a great sound, great technical quality and optimal antique value. More details


Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910Eugène Sartory is without question the most highly respected bowmaker of the 20th century, and this is in all respects a perfect example of his work. It’s in pristine condition, with its original lapping and ivory face, and it’s an ideal weight at 62 grams. Much has been written about Sartory’s genius, but essentially you could reduce this down to two observations – his work is outstandingly precise, and his understanding of the needs of modern players has not been surpassed. More details


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