Joseph Alfred Lamy was one of the great makers of the late 19th century – this violin bow is a strong player and in unusually fine condition.
A Lamy bow is always a thing of beauty – his work is so precise and elegant in the manner of his teacher FN Voirin, but with some added shimmer that’s hard to define. In some ways his bows are the archetypal modern bow, and we look backwards and forwards from his model as a kind of ideal.
Part of the success of a Lamy is in the pernambuco, which is always restrained yet somehow expensive-looking! This bow has a round section stick, mid-brown in colour with a dramatic wild figure. Mounts are silver and ebony – the ebony of the frog as always very dense and absolutely black.
The bow is in fantastic condition – some very minor wear to the top facet of the handle and a tiny chip to the stick where it meets the adjuster, otherwise no issues.
This is a very sophisticated bow with a full yet clear sound. Lamy bows aren’t always quite in the middle of things in terms of weight and balance, but this bow couldn’t be better – it seems effortless in the hand, and the stick has perfect resistance.
Excellent attack to the note, a kind of surgical control, but all with an easy grace and sureness…
This bow is pure Lamy through and through – a great example of the maker in model, in condition and in its playing qualities.