Etienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Paris 1820-1825

£50,000

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Etienne Pajeot is one of the great early French makers, and his bows are highly sought after for their excellent technical qualities. This particular bow is an exceptionally well preserved early example and is highly collectable.

This is a fascinating early Pajeot bow, the head very much a transition between his early style and the later classic elongated Pajeot shape. The stick is round in section, mounts are silver and ebony – the eye of the adjuster is also ebony. The frog is without underslide.

As Pierre Guillaume notes in his certificate, the bow is in a rare and perfect state of conservation.

The first thing to say about this bow is that it’s not a Sartory – it was not designed to play Bartok. Of the 3 Pajeots we have at the moment this is the earliest, and unsurprisingly it’s the most supple and elegant. In terms of quality of tone it would be hard to beat – it puts out a very big sound, impossibly rich in harmonics and extremely satisfying. Players who are familiar with this period of bow-making are emphatic that the lack of underslide is a key element in the sound – it certainly seems to enhance the sense of connection with the stick. For a soloist covering largely modern or romantic pieces this is not the right bow, but if you are looking for an outstanding bow for classical repertoire, here it is!

Length 74.3cm, weight 58.8 grams

Certificate: Pierre Guillaume, Maison Bernard, Brussels 2017

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Ref: SR80

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