Marcel Lapierre Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1950


Marcel Lapierre Viola Bow
This is a particularly nice example of Marcel Lapierre’s work – made with unusually fine wood, and with excellent playing qualities.

Marcel Lapierre is one of the stalwarts of the 20th century Mirecourt trade. According to “L”Archet”, his father was a Laberte employee, and he himself worked for JTL, Francois Lotte, Louis Bazin, Morizot and Vidoudez. So he was a highly experienced maker who had seen many different approaches. Often his work is a bit hurried, but this bow is really nice work, with a dainty head with precise chamfers.

The stick is of highly flamed orange-brown permambuco, mounts are silver and ebony. The condition is excellent – the only issue to report is a slight loss of varnish on the lower audience side of the head.

The sound of this bow is bright and slightly grainy, just the job for a slightly unresponsive instrument. It’s well balanced and easy to use, with a nimble attack and particularly good off the string qualities. It excels in lower dynamics and in subtle expression – not a ball-buster but a great all-round bow of average weight, ideal for chamber music.

Mounts: silver/ebony

Dimensions: length 74.8cm, weight 71.4 grams

Certificate: Pierre Guillaume, Maison Bernard, Brussels 2019 Marcel Lapierre Viola Bow certificate

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