EF&EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925


EF&EA Ouchard Violin Bow
Here is another “collaboration” bow, made in the workshop of EF Ouchard but showing the hand of his son EA Ouchard. Made for Lucien Schmidt of Grenoble, this is a very high quality stick with an excellent playing character. Very good condition too.

There are three generations of Ouchard bow-makers, EF, EA, and Bernard. EA is regarded as the outstanding talent of the family, but in fact his father EF Ouchard produced some sublime bows in amongst a wide output of commercial work. Here we have a ‘collaboration’ bow which offers the best of both makers – the meticulous craftsmanship of EA Ouchard, with the more nimble and pliable technical qualities of EF.

This bow has a stick of round section orange brown pernambuco with a lovely shimmer; mounts are silver and ebony. There’s very little wear, just a couple of tiny chips in the varnish.

Another very fine playing bow here – slightly lighter than this example https://www.martinswanviolins.com/ef-ea-ouchard-violin-bow-1930/ but otherwisesimilar in quality. It has a bold and rather fat sound with plenty of overtones – it handles beautifully, with a smooth and elegant feel in the hand, but it will jump on command with a lively off the string action. It offers a lot of power for its weight, and I can’t really find much wrong with it – another great bow for an orchestral professional.

Mounts: silver/ebony

Dimensions: length 74.1cm, weight 59.4 grams

Certificate: Raffin – Le Canu – Bigot, Paris 2019

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