This is a fine early Jules Fétique violin bow made for Emile Germain around 1905 – it’s in excellent condition and the sound is brilliant and focused.

Dating from Jules Fétique’s first period as an independent maker, this bow follows an early Voirin model (see “L’Archet vol.3 page 185 bow 1 for a comparable example). The head is upright, slender and graceful.

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

The bow is in a fantastic state of preservation with very little wear – the only issue to report is a small filled insect hole about a third of the way up the stick on the audience side.

This bow belongs very much in the tradition of Voirin – it’s sharp, refined and nervy. Fortunately it’s a bit more substantial than a Voirin, though it shares the same elegance.

The wood is dense but it’s been brought down to a narrow cross-section which gives suppleness and allows the stick to bite. The bow is 61 grams yet it feels like nothing in the hand – I don’t know what to attribute this to, since the balance is absolutely standard.

The sound is powerful, crisp, and full of high frequency energy – a real soloist’s bow with laser-like projection.

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