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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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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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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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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Eugène Sartory Cello Bow, Paris circa 1910 (mounts not original)

Eugène Sartory Cello Bow, Paris circa 1910 (mounts not original)

Eugène Sartory is probably the most popular maker of all time, and his bows are the mainstay of professional musicians the world over. Here we have a very fine cello stick from his best period, very well preserved and of an ideal weight. The mounts are well-fitting copies, probably made for the bow.
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Etienne Pajeot Cello Bow, Mirecourt circa 1830

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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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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