Thomassin apprenticed with Charles Nicholas Bazin, and then worked for the prestigious firm of Gand & Bernardel along with many other great makers such as Husson, Barbé and Vigneron. His own model is inspired by Voirin, very elegant and pared down – generally the frogs are rounded at the heel.
This is a lovely example made for the Paris violin-maker Paul Serdet. The wood is very dense purple pernambuco with a subtle flame, mounts are silver and ebony.
The condition of the stick is excellent. There’s a small crack in front of the handle mortise, but this has been very neatly repaired and bushed internally. There’s a very small chip to the heel of the frog to the player’s side. Otherwise nothing to report.
One of the first bows I fell in love with was a Thomassin made for Gand & Bernardel, and this bow is its equal in every respect. The wood is very dense, giving a powerful yet responsive stick which is very narrow in cross-section. A good Thomassin like this is a very subtle bow – not brutal in any way but with a beautiful and confident tone that carries well in a big space. The balance is perfect – somehow the stick seems weightless in the hand yet it’s extremely positive on the strings. Great staccato, deep and smooth legato, and always that warm and assured tone!
Dimensions: Length 74.3cm, weight 59.3 grams
Certificate: Isaac Salchow, New York 2017
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