This is a very nice cello bow by EF Ouchard, a prolific and undervalued maker. It’s in good condition and plays very well.

EF Ouchard was at the heart of the Mirecourt workshop system – he started out working for Cuniot-Hury, eventually running the firm with Cuniot-Hury’s widow, and then setting up a busy workshop of his own which employed as many as 15 workers. He supplied bows to the trade, as well as selling bows with his own brand. But mainly Ouchards are to be found bearing shop brands or trade names such as this one, branded L. Francais a Nancy.

The stick is of round section mid-brown pernambuco, mounts are silver and ebony. Overall the bow is in excellent condition with just some minor issues to report – a slight flaw in the ebony on the bottom of the frog, some tiny marks in the silver of the backplate, and a small bump in the grain on the player’s side of the head.

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