Nicolas Maire Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1840

Nicolas Maire Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1840

Nicolas Maire is a highly respected Mirecourt maker closely associated with Pajeot, but who made the all-important journey to Paris. His style evolved significantly during his working life – this mid-period stick is in immaculate condition and has superb copy mounts by Derek Wilson.
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Paul Blanchard Violin, Lyon circa 1910

Paul Blanchard Violin, Lyon circa 1910

This is a very fine del Gesu copy by Paul Blanchard from around 1910. It’s in mint condition and the sound is first class – a highly collectable example of this maker’s best work.
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Luigi Salsedo Violin, 1928

Luigi Salsedo Violin, 1928

“Luigi Salsedo” instruments are well known in the UK, and have always been well regarded for their excellent tonal properties. This is a typical example in excellent condition, with a rich and powerful sound.
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JA Vigneron Violin Bow, Paris circa 1890

JA Vigneron Violin Bow, Paris circa 1890

This is a lovely bow by Joseph Arthur Vigneron, one of the outstanding makers of the late 19th century. The wood is spectacular, the condition is excellent, and it’s a great playing stick…
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Louis Bazin Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930

Louis Bazin Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930

Louis Bazin was a third generation bow-maker of consummate skill whose work is still undervalued simply because he worked in Mirecourt and not Paris. This bow is a mighty player and in top condition.
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Joseph Lafleur Violin Bow, Paris circa 1835

Joseph Lafleur Violin Bow, Paris circa 1835

Joseph René Lafleur is one of a number of great makers whose work sits between that of FX Tourte and the Peccatte school. This bow is very typical of his early work and close to that of his teacher Francois Lupot. It has some minor issues but it’s an outstanding player.
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André Richaume Violin Bow, Paris circa 1965

André Richaume Violin Bow, Paris circa 1965

This is an outstanding violin bow by André Richaume, one of the finest and best preserved examples in existence. Kind of a “super-Sartory”, this bow’s playing qualities won’t disappoint.
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James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1885

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1885

We are serious fans of James Tubbs, and we sell more bows by him than by any other maker. This is a very typical example of his middle period work, with the rounded ferrule, long adjuster and silver face that are his hallmarks. A small crack in the thumb projection of the frog, otherwise in very good condition overall and an excellent player.
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Riccardo Antoniazzi Violin, Milan 1911

Riccardo Antoniazzi Violin, Milan 1911

Riccardo Antoniazzi is one of the principal members of the modern Milanese school. This lovely violin from his last period is in outstanding condition and the sound is powerful and complex.
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Nicolas Simon Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1850

Nicolas Simon Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1850

There is still some uncertainty about who made the bows branded Simon FR, but they are consistent and individual in style, very close to the work of the Peccatte school. This bow is one of the best examples we have seen, eminently collectable but also a tremendous player.
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Emanuel Adam Homolka Violin, Velvary 1825

Emanuel Adam Homolka Violin, Velvary 1825

Emanuel Adam Homolka was the most talented maker to emerge from the Strnad workshop in Prague. His violins are rightly valued for their artistry and their tonal qualities. This is a lovely example with a unique silvery timbre.
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R and M Millant Violin, Paris 1956

R&M Millant Violin, Paris 1956

This is an exceptional modern French violin by the renowned partnership of R&M Millant. It’s in top condition and the sound is big and brilliant, suitable for the concert stage.
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Jean Persoit Violin Bow, Paris circa 1820

Jean Persoit Violin Bow, Paris circa 1820

We are on something of a journey with Persoit, and this is the third bow of his we have offered this year. This one is a very interesting example of his early work. It’s unusually well preserved, and predictably enough it’s a fabulous player.
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Victor Fétique Cello Bow, Paris circa 1925

Victor Fétique Cello Bow, Paris circa 1925

Victor Fétique is a hugely popular maker – still relatively affordable, his bows are always beautifully executed yet functional. This cello bow has had a good deal of use but remains in very good condition.
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Alecio Reis Violin Bow, Brazil/UK 2014

Alecio Reis Violin Bow, Brazil/UK 2014

Alecio Reis is a Brazilian bowmaker based in Cheltenham, UK. He has access to some superb pernambuco! This is a very attractive bow which he made for us a few years ago – it has been well used and much loved, but its owner has recently ugraded with us. We’re delighted to offer it again…

A Mittenwald Violin circa 1800

A Mittenwald Violin, circa 1800

Here is another “campfire Strad” – a great sounding but affordable violin – this one’s from Mittenwald, late 18th or early 19th century.
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Giuseppe Tarasconi Violin, Saronno 1888

Giuseppe Tarasconi Violin, Saronno 1888

Giuseppe Tarasconi is one of our favourite makers, a musician turned violin-maker who produced first-class instruments whilst retaining an immediately recognizeable style. This violin is a great example – in excellent condition and with a beautiful sound.
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iccardo Genovese Violin, Montiglio 1926

Riccardo Genovese Violin, Montiglio 1926

Riccardo Genovese was the principal student of Annibale Fagnola, but his work is softer and the sound always more successful. This is a fine example in great condition with a powerful and very even sound.
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WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow, William Johnston circa 1935

WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow, William Johnston circa 1935

Yet one more excellent Hill bow, this time a fine early gold and tortoiseshell example with a stick by WIlliam Johnston, the frog bearing marks for Bultitude. Some wear to the stick but generally in very fine condition, and a lovely golden tone.
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Louis Gillet Violin Bow, Paris circa 1935

Louis Gillet Violin Bow, Paris circa 1935

Louis Gillet is best known as the maker of many late Sartory bows, but he was a formidable maker in his own right. This is an unusually attactive example – a very well balanced stick in top condition.
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Jean Persoit Violin Bow, Paris circa 1840

Jean Persoit was a remarkable maker, and this is a remarkable Persoit. It’s in outstanding condition for a bow that’s nearly 200 years old, and it’s one of the best Persoits we have seen. A mighty bow for a leading soloist…
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Joseph Lafleur Violin Bow, Paris circa 1830

Joseph Lafleur Violin Bow, Paris circa 1830

Lafleur is one of the great names in French bow-making, and this is a very fine early example of his work. Contemporary bow-makers would kill or maim to get their hands on this quality of pernambuco, dense, veined and beautifully flamed. The head is very artistic, a bell-like model which Pierre Simon championed in his work. Typical frog with 2-piece heel-plate, one single pin in the centre of the back plate.
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Marco Raposo Violin Bow

Marco Raposo Violin Bow, Brazil

Marco Raposo bows come from a well established Brazilian company who use responsibly sourced pernambuco. I’ve always been impressed with the quality of their bows – they are distinctive in looks and they play well.
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Fornaciari Jr. Violin Bow, Brazil circa 2008

Fornaciari Jr. Violin Bow, Brazil circa 2008

Fornaciari Jr. bows are made in Brazil and are very popular in the US. There’s a wide range of models – this bow is at the top of the range, made with excellent pernambuco and with full silver mounts.
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Pierre Simon Violin Bow, Paris circa 1855

Pierre Simon Violin Bow, Paris circa 1855

This is an exceptional Pierre Simon stick made for Vuillaume, with later copy mounts. The stick is in near-mint condition and the playability is all you would expect from one of the greatest makers of the 19th century.
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Claude Thomassin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

Claude Thomassin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

Claude Thomassin is one of the most undervalued makers of the early 20th century, and his bows are finally being recognized for their originality. Although still affordable, we are seeing values rising quite dramatically in the last 3-4 years. This example has a typically direct yet refined sound – the condition is excellent though the adjuster is a later copy.
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WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, William Retford c1930

William R Retford Violin Bow, London circa 1930

Branded WE H&S, this remarkable bow was made by Willam R. Retford (son of William C Retford) around 1930. A very responsive player of an ideal weight, in a fine state of preservation, this bow comes from the private collection of one of the most respected experts in Hill bows.
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Nicolas Simon Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1860

Nicolas Simon Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1860

Nicolas Simon (also known as Simon Fr.) is a superb maker whose life and origins are still poorly documented. All we can say with certainty is that he made exceptional bows broadly in the style of Peccatte. This example is a great player’s bow, and very affordable thanks to a couple of minor condition issues.
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Joseph Henry Violin Bow, Paris circa 1855

Joseph Henry Violin Bow, Paris circa 1855

This is a very fine Joseph Henry in excellent condition. I have a particular soft spot for Henry, and this bow doesn’t disappoint in looks or in playability. It’s a top level bow for a serious professional.
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Eugene Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

Eugene Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

Sartory bows are universally admired for their reliablilty and for their quality of workmanship. This is a lovely early example from Sartory’s best period – the condition is very good, and it’s a spectacular player.
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FX Tourte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1805

FX Tourte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1805

FX Tourte is without question the greatest maker in the history of bow-making. Here we have a terrific FX Tourte stick in excellent condition, with mounts of the period probably by Francois Lupot II.
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WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London circa 1910

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London circa 1910

This is a remarkable early Hill bow in gold and tortoiseshell made by Sydney Yeoman. It’s in exceptional condition for its age – a highly desirable collector’s item but also a great playing bow.
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EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Paris circa 1930

EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Paris circa 1930

EA Ouchard is probably the greatest of 20th century French makers, and this is the finest example we have seen. Gold mounted, spectacular wood, amazing condition, and most importantly a great player’s bow.
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Ansaldo Poggi Viola, Bologna 1954

Ansaldo Poggi Viola, Bologna 1954

Ansaldo Poggi is the most highy valued violinmaker of the 20th century, and here we have a rare viola in mint condition. An outstanding collector’s piece and a beautiful sounding instrument.
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James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1880

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1880

Here we have a very attractive middle period James Tubbs violin bow, engraved DM/MD to the ferrule. Exceptional flamed pernambuco, a strong yet supple stick, and a gorgeous sound.
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FW Chanot Violin, London circa 1910

FW Chanot Violin, London circa 1890

FW Chanot belongs to a distinguished line of violin-makers and experts. This violin is a beautifully preserved del Gesu copy with a powerful and supremely well balanced tone.
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Antonius Pilaš Violin, Stará Paka 1944

Antonius Pilar Violin, Stará Paka 1944

Antonín Pilaš belonged to one of the great Czech violin-making dynasties, members of which are still active today. This is a very well preserved example of his wartime production – it’s a great sounding instrument with a big bright sound.
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Small Viola probably by Francesco Maurizi , Appignano circa 1840

Small Viola probably by Francesco Maurizi, Appignano circa 1840

Francesco Maurizi is a relatively obscure maker from the Marche region of central Italy. His violins are much admired for their quality of sound, though the construction can be quite hurried. This viola is a great example, with an unusually deep and noble sound for its size.
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A Fine Anonymous Violin, mid 19th Century

A Fine Anonymous Violin, mid 19th Century

This is a violin which has so far resisted all attempts at identification. Made in the copy style, most likely by the Dollenz family in Trieste, it’s an outstanding concert instrument with a rich, complex, bright voice.
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Torleiv Frøysaa Hardanger, Gjøvik 1910

Torleiv Frøysaa Hardanger, Gjøvik 1910

This is a fine Hardanger by the highly respected early 20th century maker Torleiv Frøysaa. It’s a beautiful sounding instrument with 4 sympathetic strings in good playing condition.
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Jacques-Pierre Thibout Violin, Paris 1832

Jacques-Pierre Thibout Violin, Paris 1832

Jacques Pierre Thibout is considered to be one of the best Parisian makers of the early 19th century. We have two violins of his at the moment, this one very much a player’s instrument with some minor restoration and a big bold sound.
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Vila Kužel Violin, Brno 1965

Vila Kužel Violin, Brno 1965

This is a very good modern Czech violin by Vilém Kužel. Meticulous craftsmanship on a Guarneri model, fine materials and an excellent sound.
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Julius Hubička Violin, Prague 1943

Julius Hubička Violin, Prague 1943

This is an exceptional example of the work of Julius Hubička, a highly productive but maddeningly inconsistent maker of the early 20th century. This particular violin ticks all the boxes – great sound, great condition, great price.
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Louis Gillet Viola Bow, Nancy circa 1940

Louis Gillet Viola Bow, Nancy circa 1940

Louis Gillet is best known for his collaboration with Eugène Sartory,. Here we have a very fine Sartory inspired viola bow in excellent condition, and with playing qualities very similar to a good Sartory.
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Karel Pilar Violin, Prague 1941

Karel Pilař Violin, Hradec Králové 1941

Karel Pilař is one of a small group of talented makers active in Prague and Czechoslovakia in the mid 20th century. This is a typical example of his Strad-inspired model in excellent condition – it’s an outstanding players’s violin with a powerful yet refined tone.
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Joseph Hel Violin, Lille 1889

Joseph Hel Violin, Lille 1889

This is a rare del Gesu copy by one of the most interesting of late 19th century French makers, Joseph Hel. It’s an unusually fine sounding example of this maker’s work in very good condition.
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Paul Bailly Violin, London 1890

Paul Bailly Violin, London 1890

Here we have another excellent Paul Bailly from 1890 – it’s a very responsive instrument in excellent condition, and a great example of this maker’s work.
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JB LeFebvre Violin, Amsterdam 1760

This is a rare and very pretty violin by the 18th century Dutch maker Jacques LeFebvre – it’s a superb sounding instrument in good restored condition.
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Giuseppe Rocca Viola, Turin 1858

Giuseppe Rocca Viola, Turin 1858

This is a remarkable small viola by Giuseppe Rocca in a very pure state of preservation, and with a tonal quality that’s quite astounding for the size.
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Alberto Guerra Viola, Modena 1957

Alberto Guerra Viola, Modena 1957

Made by Alberto Guerra, this is an excellent yet affordable modern Italian viola of good proportions with a warm, fruity sound. It has a slightly “lived-in” appearance but is free from any condition issues.
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Marino Capicchioni Viola, Rimini 1954

Marino Capicchioni Viola, Rimini 1954

This is a fine Italian viola of ideal proportions made by Marino Capicchioni in 1954 – it’s an unusually attractive example in excellent condition, with a big and bold sound.
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Etienne Pajeot Violin Bow circa 1840

This is an exceptional bow by one of the greatest of the French makers, Etienne Pajeot. It plays beautifully and the condition is outstanding.

Mounts: nickel/ebony

Dimensions: length 74.5cm weight 58.8 grams

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Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1900

This is a unique early Sartory bow in superb condition – it’s a highly collectable bow but it also has a unique clarity of tone.

Mounts: silver/ebony

Dimensions: length 74.35cm, weight 61.5 grams

Certificate: Raffin-Le Canu-Bigot, Paris 2017 Eugene Sartory Violin Bow certificate

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