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

Jean-Jacques Millant Violin Bow, Paris circa 1970

£5,500

Jean-Jacques Millant Violin Bow
This is a very fine Peccatte model violin bow by one of the most popular mid-20th century French makers. The stick is of round section orange pernambuco, the frog mounted in a semi-trench in the style of EA Ouchard. An exceptional bow in great condition. More details


Louis Morizot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1935

£6,000

Louis Morizot Violin Bow
Louis Morizot is a rather under-rated maker whose work can be quite outstanding. This bow is a great example in unusually fine condition. More details


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

On trial, £6,500

Louis Bazin Violin Bow
The 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. More details


Bernard Ouchard Violin Bow, Geneva circa 1960

£7,000

Bernard Ouchard Violin BowYou can recognize a Bernard Ouchard bow from a mile away – highly distinctive styling, beautiful workmanship, and always a touch of bling. Aside from being a very pretty object, this bow is an outstanding player which ticks all the boxes, and does great credit to its maker and to the illustrious Ouchard name. More details


Wilhelm Knopf Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1890

£8,000

Wilhelm Knopf Violin BowThis is a classic Knopf bow made for the firm of Ludwig Bausch in Leipzig. Many great bows were produced by this shop, either by the Bausch family themselves or by various members of the Knopf family. Johann Wilhelm Knopf (1835-1912) made bows under his own stamp, and from a study of these we are able to establish that he was responsible for this bow. 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. More details


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

On trial, £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


WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow, London circa 1935

£8,500

WE Hill and Sons Violin BowHill bows are loved the world over for their reliability and exquisite workmanship. Here we have a rare gold mounted Pajeot model bow, probably the work of Sydney Yeoman. More details


Karl Moritz Knopf Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1860

£9,000

Knopf Violin BowThis is a superb collectable bow by one of the most obscure members of the Knopf bow-making dynasty, which dominated the German trade in the 19th century. I’ve gradually become aware of the spectacular playing qualities of good Knopf bows, mainly on the context of the bows made for Kittel and for the great mid/late 19th century firms such as Ludwig Bausch and Richard Weichold. But this bow is a stand-out – in near mint condition, with an excellent certificate, and with fantastic playing qualities. More details


Emile François Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925

£9,500

E F Ouchard Violin Bow
Another superb bow by this fine French maker. Ouchard apprenticed with 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. 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


Claude Thomassin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

£12,000

Claude Thomassin Violin Bow
Claude Thomassin is in my opinion one of the finest French makers of the turn of the century, and this is a superb example of his work in excellent condition. More details


Carl Heinrich Knopf Violin Bow, Berlin circa 1870

£12,500

Carl Heinrich Knopf Violin Bow
The Knopf family produced some of the finest bows of the 19th century, and Carl Heinrich’s work is particularly prized. This is a very good example with a certificate from Isaac Salchow. More details


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

£13,500

FN Voirin Violin Bow
Although Sartory is the name that seems to get most musicians’ pulses racing, talk to anyone who has really studied bows, either as a player or a maker, and it’s Voirin who walks away with first prize. 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”. More details


Victor Fétique Violin Bow, Paris circa 1920

Recently sold, £14,500

Victor Fétique Violin Bow
Victor Fétique was a very prolific maker whose bows are consistently very good and sometimes outstanding. This is one of the outstanding ones! More details


Georges Léon Lamy Violin Bow circa 1905

£17,500

Georges Léon Lamy Violin Bow
Around the turn of the 20th century there was no shortage of great bow-makers in Paris, but Lamy has always been a special name for me. I love the refinement of these bows and their extraordinary sound. They tend not to suit orchestral sluggers, but they have always been popular with players who value expression and nuance. More details


Nicolas Maline Violin Bow, Paris circa 1865

£18,000

Nicolas Maline violin bow
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


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


Hippolyte Camille Lamy Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

£19,500

H C Lamy Violin BowThis is a very fine Lamy Fils in near pristine condition, stamped A Lamy A Paris. Lamy bows have always been popular with players, and this particular bow would be pretty hard to beat for sound or for technical quality. The stick is of round section red brown pernambuco, with silver and ebony mounts. The bow is an exceptional piece for a collector, and retains its original tinsel lapping and thumb leather. The condition is pretty much mint – so much so that I have hesitated to even buff up the silver! Yes it’s not cheap, but you will never see another Lamy in this kind of condition. More details


James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1885

£20,000

James Tubbs Violin Bow
James Tubbs is a delightfully inconsistent maker. The floppy bows he made for the “Maids of Mayfair” are best consigned to the dustbin, but his best sticks would bear comparison with the finest French bows ever made. This is an outstanding gold-mounted example from his most sought-after period, in near-mint condition. The wood is exceptional, the engraved ferrule is a treat, and the playing qualities are unbeatable. More details


Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1935

£27,000

Eugène Sartory Violin Bow
Sartory is without doubt the most popular maker of bows of any period and from any part of the world. His bows are highly sought after and the price just keeps going up! Here we have a very strong late-period Sartory in excellent condition. More details


Pierre Simon Violin Bow, Paris circa 1850

Recently sold

Pierre Simon Violin Bow
I suppose that most people’s list of “French bows to die for” would read Dominique Peccatte, Joseph Henry, Pierre Simon, FN Voirin in that order. There are more beautifully made bows, there are more historic bows, but these four makers have stood the test of time when it comes to their reputation amongst great players. More details


Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1850

£65,000

Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow
A superb Dominique Peccatte violin bow in fine pernambuco, mounts of silver and ebony. Some minor restoration and a replacement button – a fantastic example at a great price. More details


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