This 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.
The stick is of round section red brown pernambuco of high density, with silver and ebony mounts. The condition is very good, with only a small dunt to the bottom edge of the frog and a tiny splinter missing from the stick next to the adjuster.
There’s very little to be said about this bow – it would be suitable for a soloist working at the highest level. The sound is brilliant yet full, and the bow does everything beautifully with a mixture of nervous energy and elegance so characteristic of this maker. Once you’ve used a bow like this there’s just no going back!
Certificate : JF Raffin, Paris 2015
Dimensions: Length 74.6cm, weight 61 grams
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