Étienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1825

Étienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1825

Étienne Pajeot is one of the most important figures in the history of bow-making. This example is a top class player’s bow in very fine condition The original frog is an experimental open ebony frog – we are offering the bow with an additional and more workable copy frog made by Yannick Le Canu.
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Tino Lucke Violin Bow, Berlin 2006

Tino Lucke Violin Bow, Berlin 2006

Tino Lucke is a highly respected modern maker whose bows are in great demand amongst players. Here we have a beautiful example of his work in mint condition.
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Georges Chanot Violin, Paris circa 1830

Georges Chanot Violin, Paris circa 1830

Georges Chanot is widely regarded as one of the greatest French makers, with a very personal style and a great reputation for tone. This example is an early Strad model, very artistic and with a phenomenal sound.
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Johann Scheverle Viola, Prague circa 1770

We have become completely besotted with the Prague makers – their instruments are of the highest level tonally, yet still so undervalued in the marketplace. Scheverle is a rare maker who is believed to have apprenticed with Hellmer – here we have a superb sounding viola of an excellent size.
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Nicolaus Georg Skomal Violin, Graz 1804

Nicolaus Georg Skomal Violin, Graz 1804

Nicolaus Skomal was a Prague maker who lived and worked in Graz, Austria, producing violin family instruments as well as guitars and lutes. This violin is beautifully made exhibiting great skill, and the sound is first class.
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Gustav Lütschg Violin, Bern 1927

Gustav Lütschg Violin, Bern 1927

Gustav Lütschg was a fine Swiss maker, pupil of and successor to Gustav Methfessel. This violin is a lovely example of his work in near-perfect condition, with a rich and slightly dark sound.
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Giovanni & Giuseppe Dollenz Violin, Trieste circa 1855

Giovanni & Giuseppe Dollenz Violin, Trieste circa 1855

For a long time Giovanni Dollenz’s rare ability as a maker has been attributed to some connection with Storioni – such stories sell violins! Whatever his influences, he was a maker with a dashing and individual style. The violins in the 1850s were made in collaboration with his son Giuseppe, who is regarded as in every way the equal of his father.
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Gand & Bernardel Viola, Paris 1888

Gand & Bernardel Viola, Paris 1888

Gand & Bernardel were the largest and most prestigious Parisian workshop of the late 19th century. To a great extent they took on the mantle of JB Vuillaume, adopting similar working practices, employing excellent makers and also producing beautiful bows.
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Emile Auguste Ouchard Viola Bow, New York circa 1950

Emile Auguste Ouchard Viola Bow, New York circa 1950

Emile Auguste Ouchard is one of the most highly valued bow makers of the 20th century. His style is individual and very precise, and the playing qualities of his bows are rarely surpassed. Many professionals use an EA Ouchard. This fine viola bow from his New York period is a very good example, powerful yet responsive and with a huge sound.
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Pierre Simon Cello Bow, Paris circa 1860

Pierre Simon Cello Bow, Paris circa 1860

Pierre Simon is one of the great bowmakers of the mid 19th century, closely associated with Dominique Peccatte and Joseph Henry, but working in his own distinctive manner. Simon bows engender a quite fanatical devotion on the part of their owners – their combination of robustness and agility is unique.

This bow is a composite – all by Simon, but the mounts from another bow. There are some signs of use but generally the bow is in excellent condition.
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Joseph Alfred Lamy Cello Bow, Paris circa 1890

Joseph Alfred Lamy Cello Bow, Paris circa 1890

Joseph Alfred Lamy (or Lamy Père) stands slightly in the shadow of his teacher and mentor FN Voirin, but his work oozes elegance and finesse. Lamy’s cello bows are particularly fine, with the most beautiful elongated head shape. This is a lovely example in fine condition – deep red round section pernambuco stick, silver and ebony mounts with a plain eye and 3-part adjuster.
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Alessandro Carlesso Cello Bow, Brazil 2013

Alessandro Carlesso Cello Bow, Brazil 2013

Alessandro Carlesso makes superb bows from Brazilian pernambuco – his work is very fine and the wood is outstanding. This bow has a round stick of very dark wood and is silver mounted with an ornamental adjuster.

A very dense stick, giving a lot of power for the weight – not brand new but with minimal wear.
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James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1890

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1890

Sometimes I think we should open up a shop just to sell Tubbs bows – we seem to be selling more and more, and it’s great to see this unique maker taking his rightful place. Here we have a very good and typical middle period example in great condition.
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Auguste Barbé Violin Bow, Paris circa 1890

Auguste Barbé Violin Bow, Paris circa 1890

Auguste Barbé worked exclusively for Gand & Bernardel and for this reason is not nearly as well known as he should be. However, his bows are subtle and almost indistinguishable from those of his close colleague FN Voirin. Here we have a lightweight example in top condition.
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FN Voirin Cello Bow, Paris circa 1880

FN Voirin Cello Bow, Paris circa 1880

FN Voirin is the most highly regarded maker of the late 19th century – his work is particularly admired for its precision and beauty. In spite of their lightness his bows are much in demand for their luminous tone. Here we have a lovely lightweight cello bow, very strong for its weight and in excellent condition.
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Charles JB Collin-Mézin Violin, Paris 1887

Charles JB Collin-Mézin Violin, Paris 1887

Collin-Mézin is one of the best known names in the violin trade. 19th century instruments made by CH JB Collin-Mézin offer great tone and great workmanship at an affordable price.
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François Lotte Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1935

François Lotte Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1935

This is a very handy viola bow made by François Lotte for Collin-Mézin, and bearing their brand. An all-round great player, and in excellent condition – however, the adjuster is nickel and not original to the stick.
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FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

FN Voirin is close to the top of anyone’s list of makers. Here we are offering 4/5ths of a Voirin, since the upper fifth of the bow is a splice. However, the work is beautiful and the bow still has the special Voirin feeling.
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Victor Fétique Cello Bow, Paris circa 1930

Victor Fétique Cello Bow, Paris circa 1930

Another lovely cello bow by one of the more reliable 20th century makers. This example is very strong – the condition is excellent apart from a chip in the end of the stick by the adjuster and a bit of repairwork to the back plate.
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EF Ouchard Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925

EF Ouchard Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925

Emile F Ouchard is a highly underestimated maker, – here we have a great viola bow with the playing qualities so typical of this make – a strong yet very articulate stick, and a broad but focused sound. This is a well used bow with a slight dent behind the head on the audience side, otherwise in excellent condition.
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James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1870

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1870

Although unbranded, this early Tubbs bow was most likely made for WE Hill & Son. It has all the strong characteristics of Tubbs’ work at this time – it’s very precisely made using beautiful and heavily flamed pernambuco. The condition is outstanding though the adjuster is from another bow of the period.
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James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1895

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1895

This is a classic middle period Tubbs bow in excellent condition. The pernambuco has a dramatic flame and the pearl eye is unusually bold – very appealing to look at and a great player too.
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James Tubbs/WE Hill Violin Bow, London circa 1880

James Tubbs/WE Hill Violin Bow, London circa 1880

This is a fine early period James Tubbs, made for Hills and bearing their brand on both sides of the handle. Unusually light in colour for a Tubbs – some minor condition issues but otherwise a stunning bow from this great if erratic maker.
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Joseph Arthur Vigneron Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

Joseph Arthur Vigneron Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

Joseph-Arthur Vigneron is another of the great names in French bow-making. Like so many of the better late 19th century makers he worked for Gand & Bernardel before setting up on his own. He developed his own very successful model, rather more masculine than Voirin or Lamy, always beautifully proportioned.
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FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

Voirin is one of the big names, unrivalled for the beauty and exactness of his work. Here we have an unusually well preserved example of this great maker’s work – it’s also a terrific player with ideal weight and balance.
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Jean-François Aldric Violin, Paris 1835

Jean-François Aldric Violin, Paris 1835

Jean-François Aldric is one of the great names in French making, of the same generation as Lupot and Pique. In his later years he made superb Stradivari copies modelled on originals which he obtained from Luigi Tarisio, and our violin is one of these – a very faithful Strad copy displaying exquisite workmanship, with a real concert sound.
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Michael Albani Violin, Bolzano circa 1720

Michael Albani Violin, Bolzano circa 1720

The Albani family played a huge role in the development of violin-making, and yet their instruments are rarely seen. This violin is a very interesting example, following very closely on the work of Matthias but made by his son Michael. Always more successful tonally than Stainer (the other Tyrolean), this violin is no exception.
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Giovanni Schwarz Small Viola, Venice 1913

Giovanni Schwarz Small Viola, Venice 1913

Giovanni Schwarz was the nephew and apprentice of Eugenio Degani. This instrument bears an authentic Degani label, but it’s signed by Schwarz. Is it a Degani or a Schwarz? Quite a tricky conundrum, but either way a very fine Venetian small viola with an outstanding 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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Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

Eugène Sartory remains the most popular bowmaker amongst professional musicians, and the value of his bows continues to rise at an alarming rate! This is a fine early example with excellent playing qualities.
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Etienne Pajeot Cello Bow, Mirecourt circa 1830

Etienne Pajeot is one of the great early French makers, and his bows are highly sought after for their excellent technical qualities. This is a relatively rare early cello bow in good condition.

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Charles Maucotel Violin, London 1851

Charles Maucotel Violin, London 1851

Charles Maucotel was the first of the Parisian makers to come to London. A tremendous yet relatively unknown maker, here we have a beautiful del Gesu copy of his in excellent condition, and with a first class sound.
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Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1840

Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1840

Dominique Peccatte occupies a unique place in the history of bow-making. While Tourte commands the highest prices, Peccatte brought the bow to a state of modernity which remains the archetype to this day. This is an unusually fine and rare example with an open frog and wood-to-wood mounts, but currently sporting a gold copy frog and button.
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WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London circa 1935

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London circa 1935

There are few professional players who don’t have a Hill in their case. The firm’s reputation for quality and reliability is well deserved, and the bows carrying the WE Hill & Sons brand are always in demand.
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