This is an early JA Lamy viola bow made on a Vuillaume model, relatively lightweight but very strong, and in great condition.

Joseph Alfred Lamy is renowned for the precision and delicacy of his work. He apprenticed with Voirin and absorbed that unique mindset, always producing bows that are as satisfying in form as they are in function.

This bow is made on the Vuillaume model that Voirin also often followed, and which Lamy employed between about 1895 and 1900. It has a stepped housing for the frog, a rounded button with a plain silver cap, chamfered frog corners, and a rather rounded bottom surface to the frog. The head is very close to Voirin, skeletal and sophisticated, the pearl eyes set far back (a typical feature of Lamy in this early period).

The stick is of round section mid-brown pernambuco with a faint figure, mounts are silver and ebony.

There are some signs of use but no significant condition issues.

At just under 68 grams this is quite a light bow but it’s strong and resistant stick and the sound is big and extrovert.

Good elasticity, plenty of crunch and a nice broad legato, perfect balance – all in all this is a great bow for a smaller instrument and a fine example from this much admired maker.

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