Charles Gaillard Violin, Paris 1853

Charles Gaillard Violin, Paris 1853

French violin-making in the 19th century has been dominated by the Vuillaume shop, but there are numerous makers at this time who produced more beautiful and more individual work. Charles Gaillard is one of these, and this is a great example with a lustrous varnish and an outstanding concert tone.
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Emile Boulangeot Violin, Lyon 1925

Emile Boulangeot Violin, Lyon 1925

Emile Boulangeot is an important maker of the Lyon school, and here we have another fine violin of his in perfect condition. It’s a great player – brilliant, sugary sweet, and highly responsive.
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Luigi Galimberti Violin, Milan 1930

Luigi Galimberti Violin, Milan 1930

Luigi Galimberti is a fine Milanese maker of the mid 20th century, and this is a beautiful example of his work in near perfect condition. The sound is first class, powerful yet refined.
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Pierre Simon Cello Bow, Paris circa 1860

Pierre Simon Cello Bow, Paris circa 1860

Pierre Simon is one of the great bowmakers of the mid 19th century, closely associated with Dominique Peccatte and Joseph Henry, but working in his own distinctive manner. Simon bows engender a quite fanatical devotion on the part of their owners – their combination of robustness and agility is unique.
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August Rau Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1910

August Rau Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920

August Rau (1866-1951) is an important maker in the history of German bows. This is a very nice example of his higher quality of bow – the condition is very good, and the sound is big, warm and fruity.
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TJ Holder Violin, Paris circa 1945

TJ Holder Violin, Paris circa 1945

This is a rather enigmatic French violin from the middle of the 20th century. It’s a finely made instrument with a beautiful Strad-like reediness to the sound.
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Joseph Lété Violin, Nantes 1832

Joseph Lété Violin, Nantes 1832

This is a fine and rare violin by the French maker Joseph Lété, with whom JB Vuillaume is believed to have trained. It’s an unusually bold looking instrument with an even, warm and fruity sound.
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Josef Ružička Violin, Opava 1935

Josef Ružička Violin, Opava 1935

This is a very fine violin made in 1935 by Josef Ružička – the model is beautiful, the varnish outstanding, and the sound too – big, bold and brilliant.
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James Tubbs Violin Bow, London 1860

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1860

A very fine early period James Tubbs, made for the London violin maker WE Hill circa 1860. In excellent condition, this is a strong stick that draws a big and brilliant sound.
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JA Lamy Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

JA Lamy Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

Another very fine Lamy violin bow, this one dating from around 1910 and showing some stylistic traits of the young HC Lamy. A tremendous playing bow combining clarity, power and elegance.
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JA Lamy Violin Bow, Paris circa 1900

JA Lamy Violin Bow, Paris circa 1900

Here we have a beautiful JA Lamy violin bow in original condition – unpolished silver, original tinsel lapping, thumb leather and ivory face. Fresh as the day it was made, it’s a strong stick with a massive sound.
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Victor Fetique Violin Bow, Paris 1924

Victor Fetique Violin Bow, Paris 1924

This is a beautifully preserved Victor Fétique violin bow made for the London Great Exhibition of 1924. It’s a top example of this maker’s craft – highly collectable but also a great player’s bow.
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JB Dvorak Violin, Prague circa 1880

JB Dvorak Violin, Prague circa 1880

Jan Baptista Dvořák is one of the most respected Prague makers of the late 19th century, and here we have a very typical violin of his from the 1880s. In very good condition and with a big and fruity voice.
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Vladimir Pilar Violin, Hradec Kralove 1967

Vladimir Pilar Violin, Hradec Kralove 1967

Vladimir Pilar belonged to one of the great Czech violin-making dynasties – members of this family are still active today. This is a very fine example of his best work – it’s in near mint condition and it has a tremendous solistic sound.
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Nicolas Maline Viola Bow, Paris circa 1865

Nicolas Maline Viola Bow, Paris circa 1865

This is a fine viola bow by Nicolas Maline, made around 1865 and in perfect condition. It’s a unique swan head model with Vuillaume mounts – the stick is amourette, mounts are nickel and ebony.
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Louis Gillet Cello Bow, Mirecourt circa 1940

Louis Gillet Cello Bow, Mirecourt circa 1940

This is an exceptional cello bow by Louis Gillet in near mint condition. It has an octagonal section stick of mid-brown pernambuco with a vivid random figure – mounts of silver and ebony.
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JA Lamy Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

JA Lamy Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

The bows of JA Lamy have a real following, perhaps because they represent French bowmaking at its most refined. This example is in fantastic condition – it’s also strong for a Lamy and eminently suitable for modern technique.
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