François Peccatte, brother of Dominique, is a maker whose star is in the ascendant. His preference for nickel and for unusual woods has to some extent obscured the quality of his making, but this bow is stunning.
Everyone has heard of Dominique Peccatte, but François stands rather in his shadow. He lived a short life, his output was small, and he made very few bows with gold mounts, let alone ivory or tortoiseshell, preferring to turn out modest functonal bows for ordinary musician. He was convinced of the properties of various exotic woods, some of which we can’t even identify today. All of these factors conspire to make him a rather overlooked figure, yet we can see on the evidence of this bow alone that he was a great talent.
The stick is of round section orange-brown pernambouco with an intense barred figure, mounts are nickel silver and ebony. The head is a very elegant fusion of Dominique Peccatte and Pajeot, thrusting forward, the shape exaggerated by the figure of the wood.
The condition is excellent – the “petit talon” or backplate is a new replacement, otherwise the bow is all original There are some minor surface scratches to the audience side of the frog (photographed), probably light enough to be polished out if you wished.
Like all the François Peccattes we have seen, this bow is an exceptional player. The last one we sold went to a conservatoire professor who promptly decided to sell his FX Tourte, and that one wasn’t even pernambuco.
This is a big bold bow which pulls a massive sound – just slightly grainy, and ideally suited to a clean and focused violin which needs a bit of colour. It’s a supremely comfortable bow in the hand, and it has a lot of power while feeling quite slight and unassuming.
Another great bow for a soloist, very good articulation, beautiful balance, a big and colourful tone, and a relentless energy – also an unusually good example of this maker’s work.