Another very fine Sartory cello bow, this one from the mid-1930s – at this time Sartory’s success was unrivalled and his workshop was producing bows of consistently high quality.

Eugene Sartory had a long and unrivalled career as a bowmaker, largely due to his understanding of the needs of musicians. His bows, particularly in the later period, are always made of the right wood for a player, and they are correct in terms of weight and balance. Add into the mix great craftsmanship and a highly developed aesthetic sense, and it’s easy to see why he has become a household name among musicians. You just can’t go wrong with a Sartory!

This example from the mid 1930s is very typical. The stick is of beautifully flamed dense pernambuco, round section and a deep orange-brown. Mounts are silver and ebony.

The bow is in excellent condition with very few signs of use – a tiny amount of wear to the player’s side of the thumb projection but otherwise very crisp. There is a small crack repair to the audience side of the frog – I would show a photo but it’s almost invisible.

A strong and dense stick giving a lot of power for its weight – just a classic Sartory.

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