Joseph Alfred Lamy is a uniquely stylish maker. He always chose to remain independent, rather than work for the big firms like Gand & Bernardel or Caressa & Français. In his collaboration with his son we see a gradual move towards power and robustness in the sticks, but in his early period the work is always refined and pared down.
This bow has an octagonal section stick of dark cherry-red pernambuco – mounts are silver and ebony.
The condition is excellent – there’s no damage to the stick, and the finish is very well preserved. However, the ebony of the adjuster has a small split, and there’s a tiny bit of fraying to the top edge of the frog on the player’s side.
Characteristically this bow balances slightly towards the head, giving it a heft which you wouldn’t expect for the weight. The stick is very responsive, medium hard, and with a nervy but controllable spring. The sound is beautiful, with a particular crystalline brightness or shimmer which draws in the listener, very typical of this maker.
Dimensions: weight 58.7 grams, length 74.6cm
Certificate: Pierre Guillaume, Maison Bernard, Brussels 2018
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