Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1840


Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow
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.

This bow still has its original open frog and ebony adjuster as shown in the certificate photos, but it has been modernised by the addition of more standard mounts in gold. These mounts are very precise copies of Peccatte – gold was felt to be appropriate because of the extraordinary quality of the stick, both the wood itself and its state of preservation. Of course the original frog and button can be refitted with the greatest of ease.

The stick is of wild grained translucent orange/brown pernambuco, round section. The condition is exceptional with hardly a dent.

It’s a bit pointless droning on about the playing qualities of a great Dominique Peccatte, particularly when great players can unlock far more of this bow’s potential than I can. Suffice to say that it has a unique and focused sound, at once elegant and cutting. It’s highly responsive yet easy to control, and it sits in the strings with a kind of surgical precision. Pretty much every modern maker follows Peccatte these days – unfortunately, none have access to the phenomenal wood he could lay his hands on, and there really is no substitute for the real thing!

In this bow we have something really special, a great player which is also a very rare model in excellent condition.

Mounts: gold/ebony

Dimensions: length 74.3cm, weight 60.8 grams

Certificate: Raffin/Le Canu/Bigot Paris 2012

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Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow certificate
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