August Edwin Prager Viola Bow, Schönlind circa 1920

£3,500 On trial

August Edwin Prager Viola Bow
Edwin Prager was a less prolific maker than his brother Gustav, but his work is very refined and slightly more sought after. This is a beautiful example in excellent condition, originally sold by Beare & Son

It’s a source of constant puzzlement to me that something like this Prager can be had for a tenth of the price of a Sartory, yet the workmanship is as good and very often the sound and playability are at least equal if not superior. Anyway, such is life!

This is a stunner of a bow – deeply flamed round section pernambuco of exceptional quality, crisp lines, great metalwork. The pearl slide is highly irridescent, and everything about the bow exudes quality.

The condition is excellent – there are a couple of tiny chips to the varnish at the top of the stick and a small area of missing varnish next to the face on the player’s side, otherwise it’s pretty much pristine. The ivory face appears to be original.

You could fall for this bow on looks alone, but it also plays beautifully. The stick is of dense wood and responds instantly – the balance is excellent, the sound big and rather dark, on and off the string equally assured. A very comfortable bow with a smooth and mature character – highly recommended for a player or a collector.

Mounts: silver/ebony

Dimensions: Length 74.5cm, weight 68.5 grams (whalebone lapping)

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Ref: SR110


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