Claude Thomassin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910


Claude Thomassin Violin Bow
Claude Thomassin is in my opinion one of the finest French makers of the turn of the century, and this is a superb example of his work in excellent condition.

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!

Mounts: silver/ebony

Dimensions: Length 74.3cm, weight 59.3 grams

Certificate: Isaac Salchow, New York 2017

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Claude Thomassin Violin Bow


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