Recently sold, £8,500
The 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.
Another great playing bow – in fact this is a current favourite of mine. The wood seems unusually responsive, and although it’s dense you can feel right along the stick. With a light lapping, this bow is balanced slightly towards the tip. The action is very firm but not nervous – a very easy bow to control, smooth, imperturbable yet capable of all the flashy stuff. It produces a big sound effortlessly – in my view this would be an ideal bow for a young soloist slugging through the Romantic concertos.
Dimensions: Length 74.3cm, weight 60 grams
Certificate : Pierre Guillaume, Maison Bernard, Brussels 2016
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