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Carl Albert Nürnberger Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920

£5,000

 Carl Albert Nürnberger Violin Bow
Carl Albert Nürnberger was one of the third generation of bowmakers from this important German family. His work is very accomplished and quite distinctive, particularly the bold Parisian eyes and the use of plain mother of pearl. More details


Étienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1825

£40,000

Étienne Pajeot Violin Bow
Étienne Pajeot is one of the most important figures in the history of bow-making. This example is a top class player’s bow in very fine condition The original frog is an experimental open ebony frog – we are offering the bow with an additional and more workable copy frog made by Yannick Le Canu. More details


Tino Lucke Violin Bow, Berlin 2006

£7,000

Tino Lucke Violin Bow
Tino Lucke is a highly respected modern maker whose bows are in great demand amongst players. Here we have a beautiful example of his work in mint condition. More details


Antonio Gragnani Violin, Livorno 1768-80

Price on application

Antonio Gragnani ViolinAntonio Gragnani is a maker whose work is immediately recognizable and unique – here we have a lovely example made affordable by the fact that the head is later. The sound is brilliant and exciting. More details


Lorenzo & Tomasso Carcassi, Florence 1772

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Lorenzo & Tomasso CarcassiThe brothers Lorenzo and Tomasso Carcassi collaborated on violins between around 1750 and 1780, and produced numerous superb sounding violins on a Stainer model. This is a very fine example in excellent condition for its age, with a powerful and limpid tone suitable for a demanding professional. More details


Karel Pilar Violin, Hradec Králové 1951

£12,000

Karel Pilar ViolinThis is a very fine mid/20th century violin by one of the great Czech makers, Karel Pilar. It’s a beautiful looking instrument in near mint condition, with a very responsive and engaging concert sound. More details


James Tubbs Viola Bow, London circa 1870

£18,000

James Tubbs Viola Bow
This is a great early James Tubbs viola bow made for WE Hill whose brand it bears. It’s in a very fine state of preservation and it’s an unusually versatile player. More details


William Tubbs Viola Bow, London circa 1860

£12,500

William Tubbs Viola Bow
This is a very fine viola bow made for James Dodd by William Tubbs. It’s an exceptional example in excellent condition, and it plays beautifully. More details


FN Voirin Viola Bow, Paris circa 1875

£30,000

FN Voirin Viola Bow
FN Voirin is a maker whose influence cannot be underestimated. His precision and artistry have never been superseded, and his bows are the most refined of all the French makers. This viola bow is a beautiful example of his work in excellent condition. More details


Georges Chanot Violin, Paris circa 1830

£60,000

Georges Chanot ViolinGeorges Chanot is widely regarded as one of the greatest French makers, with a very personal style and a great reputation for tone. This example is an early Strad model, very artistic and with a phenomenal sound. More details


Jacob Fendt Violin, London circa 1840

£60,000

Jacob Fendt ViolinLike his brother Martin, Jacob Fendt produced beautifully observed copies of the classical Cremonese masters which sound every bit as sumptuous as they look. Sadly he lived a short life and there are very few examples of his work remaining. More details


A Markneukirchen Violin Bow, Tubbs Copy circa 1920

£1,800

A Markneukirchen Violin Bow, Tubbs Copy
This is a very well observed Tubbs copy from the early 20th century, almost certainly made in Markneukirchen. It’s in perfect condition with no flaws or damages. The stick draws a big broad sound with very little effort, and performs well off the string too. An excellent all-rounder for an advancing player. More details


K. Gerhard Penzel Violin Bow, Erlbach circa 1980

£4,500

K. Gerhard Penzel Violin Bow
The Penzel family have been making bows for over a century, and are still in business. K. Gerhard Penzel (1929-2017) was the third generation of the family. This bow is their top of the range “exquisit” model in gold and tortoiseshell, and is a superb playing stick in near mint condition. More details


Johann Scheverle Viola, Prague circa 1770

£12,000

Johann Scheverle ViolaWe have become completely besotted with the Prague makers – their instruments are of the highest level tonally, yet still so undervalued in the marketplace. Scheverle is a rare maker who is believed to have apprenticed with Hellmer – here we have a superb sounding viola of an excellent size. More details


JTL Violin, Mirecourt circa 1895

£3,500

JTL ViolinIt’s very hard to beat a good JTL violin, and this is an unusually good one – very attractive, in great condition, and with an excellent sound. More details


FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

£25,000

FN Voirin Violin Bow
FN Voirin is one of the few genuinely important makers, and here we have an unusually fine example of his work in excellent condition. It’s also a very strong stick with superb playing qualities. More details


James & John Simpson Viola, London circa 1780

£9,000

James & John Simpson ViolaA very fine late 18th century small viola bearing the J&J Simpson label, with a full and rich viola sound. More details


François Xavier Tourte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1810

Price on application

François Xavier Tourte Violin Bow
FX Tourte is the “ne plus ultra” of bow-making. Like Stradivari and the violin, he created the modern bow, and his achievements have never been surpassed in any significant way. Here we have a very fine example, beautifully preserved, and with superb playing qualities. There are some minor condition issues, and for a Tourte it’s almost affordable!

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Nicolaus Georg Skomal Violin, Graz 1804

£15,000

Nicolaus Georg Skomal ViolinNicolaus Skomal was a Prague maker who lived and worked in Graz, Austria, producing violin family instruments as well as guitars and lutes. This violin is beautifully made exhibiting great skill, and the sound is first class. More details


A Good Mittenwald Violin, circa 1820

£8,500

A Good Mittenwald ViolinThis is a lovely Mittenwald “Verleger” violin in outstanding condition, with a bright zingy sound that’s full of character. More details


Gustav Lütschg Violin, Bern 1927

£10,000

Gustav Lütschg ViolinGustav Lütschg was a fine Swiss maker, pupil of and successor to Gustav Methfessel. This violin is a lovely example of his work in near-perfect condition, with a rich and slightly dark sound. More details


Joseph Alfred Lamy (Père) Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

£18,000

Joseph Alfred Lamy (Père) Violin Bow
This is a very fine Joseph Alfred Lamy in excellent condition, stamped A Lamy à Paris. It’s in great condition and it has a brilliant and sophisticated sound. More details


Antonio Rovetta Violin, Brescia 1898

£8,500

Antonio Rovetta ViolinThis is a lovely and idiosyncratic late 19th century Italian violin bearing an authentic label and brand from Antonio Rovetta. It’s a great sounding instrument and very affordable … More details


Hippolyte Chrétien Silvestre Violin, Lyon 1876

£35,000

Hippolyte Chrétien Silvestre ViolinThe Silvestre family were at the heart of French violin-making in the 19th century, with strong connections to Gand and Vuillaume – to my mind HC Silvestre was the most successful maker in the family. Here we have a beautiful HC Silvestre in near-mint condition and with a top-class concert sound. More details


Giovanni & Giuseppe Dollenz Violin, Trieste circa 1855

£55,000

Giovanni & Giuseppe Dollenz VioliFor a long time Giovanni Dollenz’s rare ability as a maker has been attributed to some connection with Storioni – such stories sell violins! Whatever his influences, he was a maker with a dashing and individual style. The violins in the 1850s were made in collaboration with his son Giuseppe, who is regarded as in every way the equal of his father. More details


Pierre Silvestre Violin, Lyon 1852

£55,000

Pierre Silvestre ViolinPierre Silvestre is one of the greatest of French violin makers – he was direct successor to Lupot, and founder of the all-important Lyon school. I have a real soft spot for the Silvestres, but Pierre was the real talent! This violin is a rare Guarneri pattern, it’s in great condition if rather well-loved, and the sound is exceptional. More details


Gand & Bernardel Viola, Paris 1888

£45,000

Gand & Bernardel ViolaGand & Bernardel were the largest and most prestigious Parisian workshop of the late 19th century. To a great extent they took on the mantle of JB Vuillaume, adopting similar working practices, employing excellent makers and also producing beautiful bows. More details


Emile Auguste Ouchard Viola Bow, New York circa 1950

£19,000

Emile Auguste Ouchard Viola Bow
Emile Auguste Ouchard is one of the most highly valued bow makers of the 20th century. His style is individual and very precise, and the playing qualities of his bows are rarely surpassed. Many professionals use an EA Ouchard. This fine viola bow from his New York period is a very good example, powerful yet responsive and with a huge sound. More details


Pierre Simon Cello Bow, Paris circa 1860

£60,000

Pierre Simon Cello Bow
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.

This bow is a composite – all by Simon, but the mounts from another bow. There are some signs of use but generally the bow is in excellent condition. More details


Joseph Alfred Lamy Cello Bow, Paris circa 1890

£25,000

Joseph Alfred Lamy Cello Bow,
Joseph Alfred Lamy (or Lamy Père) stands slightly in the shadow of his teacher and mentor FN Voirin, but his work oozes elegance and finesse. Lamy’s cello bows are particularly fine, with the most beautiful elongated head shape. This is a lovely example in fine condition – deep red round section pernambuco stick, silver and ebony mounts with a plain eye and 3-part adjuster. More details


Hermann Prell Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1910

£8,000

Hermann Prell Violin Bow
Hermann Prell was a superb Markneukirchen maker who apprenticed with Nürnberger and then famously worked as a journeyman for Sartory. Here we have a beautiful gold-mounted bow of his in excellent condition. More details


James Tubbs Viola Bow, London circa 1890

£17,000

James Tubbs Viola Bow
A James Tubbs viola bow is a rare thing – this example is from Tubbs’ middle period and completely typical. It’s a Rolls Royce of a bow, big, opulent and brimming with confidence. It has some signs of use but there are no cracks or damages. More details


Alessandro Carlesso Cello Bow, Brazil 2013

£1,200

Alessandro Carlesso Cello Bow
Alessandro Carlesso makes superb bows from Brazilian pernambuco – his work is very fine and the wood is outstanding. This bow has a round stick of very dark wood and is silver mounted with an ornamental adjuster.

A very dense stick, giving a lot of power for the weight – not brand new but with minimal wear. More details


James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1890

£12,000

James Tubbs Violin Bow
Sometimes I think we should open up a shop just to sell Tubbs bows – we seem to be selling more and more, and it’s great to see this unique maker taking his rightful place. Here we have a very good and typical middle period example in great condition. More details


Auguste Barbé Violin Bow, Paris circa 1890

£10,000

Auguste Barbé Violin Bow
Auguste Barbé worked exclusively for Gand & Bernardel and for this reason is not nearly as well known as he should be. However, his bows are sublte and almost indistinguishable from those of his close colleague FN Voirin. Here we have a lightweight example in top condition. More details


Victor Fétique Viola Bow, Paris circa 1910

£18,500

Victor Fétique Viola Bow
Victor Fétique bows are a very safe choice – they are beautifully made, they always work, and they have flair! This viola bow is in fantastic condition and the pernambuco has a remarkable flame. The weight and balance are ideal too. More details


FN Voirin Cello Bow, Paris circa 1880

£25,000

FN Voirin Cello Bow
FN Voirin is the most highly regarded maker of the late 19th century – his work is particularly admired for its precision and beauty. In spite of their lightness his bows are much in demand for their luminous tone. Here we have a lovely lightweight cello bow, very strong for its weight and in excellent condition. More details


Emile Mennesson Violin, Reims 1876

£12,000

Emile Mennesson ViolinEmile Mennesson was a phenomenally successful maker who used the outside mold system to produce very fine violins in large quantities. This is a very good example of his “Guarini” labelled violins, based on the Stradivari Messiah. More details


Charles JB Collin-Mézin Violin, Paris 1887

£13,500

Charles JB Collin-Mézin ViolinCollin-Mézin is one of the best known names in the violin trade. 19th century instruments made by CH JB Collin-Mézin offer great tone and great workmanship at an affordable price. More details


Collin-Mézin Violin labelled Giacomelli, Mirecourt 1934

£6,000

Collin-Mézin Violin labelled GiacomelliCollin-Mézin is pretty much a household name, and their violins are always popular with teachers and students. Here we have a late example with a Giacomelli label, very nicely made, near mint, and with a great sound. More details


François Lotte Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1935

£5,000

François Lotte Viola Bow
This is a very handy viola bow made by François Lotte for Collin-Mézin, and bearing their brand. An all-round great player, and in excellent condition – however, the adjuster is nickel and not original to the stick. More details


FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

£4,500

FN Voirin Violin Bow
FN Voirin is close to the top of anyone’s list of makers. Here we are offering 4/5ths of a Voirin, since the upper fifth of the bow is a splice. However, the work is beautiful and the bow still has the special Voirin feeling. More details


Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

£30,000

Eugène Sartory Violin Bow
This is a very fine early Sartory bow in excellent condition from the collection of the renowned Slovenian violinist and pedagogue Igor Ozim. Sartory prices continue to rise at an alarming rate, and well-presered early examples such as this fetch a premium. More details


Karel Vávra Violin, Prague 1950

£12,500

Karel Vávra ViolinPrague has a long and fine tradition of violin-making, and the early 20th century Prague makers produced some of the best sounding modern violins around. Karel Vávra was a leading maker of this school, and here we have a very fine Guarneri-inspired violin of his from 1950. More details


Victor Fétique Cello Bow, Paris circa 1930

£18,000

Victor Fétique Cello Bow
Another lovely cello bow by one of the more reliable 20th century makers. This example is very strong – the condition is excellent apart from a chip in the end of the stick by the adjuster and a bit of repairwork to the back plate. More details


EF&EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930

£11,000

EF&EA Ouchard Violin Bow
This is a very fine bow from the EF Ouchard workshop, showing the hand of his supremely talented son EA Ouchard, and branded “Villaume Freres” (a dealership in Nancy). A very strong yet nimble stick, and in great condition barring a few minor scratches. More details


EF Ouchard Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925

£10,000

EF Ouchard Viola Bow
Emile F Ouchard is a highly underestimated maker, – here we have a great viola bow with the playing qualities so typical of this make – a strong yet very articulate stick, and a broad but focused sound. This is a well used bow with a slight dent behind the head on the audience side, otherwise in excellent condition. More details


James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1885

£12,000

James Tubbs Violin Bow
We are serious fans of James Tubbs, and we sell more bows by him than by any other maker. This is a very typical example of his middle period work, with the rounded ferrule, long adjuster and silver face that are his hallmarks. Some wear to the handle and the thumb projection, in good condition overall and an excellent player. More details


Victor Fétique Cello Bow, Paris circa 1925

£19,500

Victor Fétique Cello Bow
Victor Fétique is a hugely popular maker – still relatively affordable, his bows are always beautifully executed yet functional. This cello bow has had a good deal of use but remains in very good condition. More details


James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1870

£15,000

James Tubbs Violin Bow
Although unbranded, this early Tubbs bow was most likely made for WE Hill & Son. It has all the strong characteristics of Tubbs’ work at this time – it’s very precisely made using beautiful and heavily flamed pernambuco. The condition is outstanding. More details


James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1895

£13,500

James Tubbs Violin Bow
This is a classic middle period Tubbs bow in excellent condition. The pernambuco has a dramatic flame and the pearl eye is unusually bold – very appealing to look at and a great player too. More details


James Tubbs/WE Hill Violin Bow, London circa 1880

£12,000

James Tubbs/WE Hill Violin Bow
This is a fine early period James Tubbs, made for Hills and bearing their brand on both sides of the handle. Unusually light in colour for a Tubbs – some minor condition issues but otherwise a stunning bow from this great if erratic maker. More details


Alecio Reis Violin Bow, Brazil/UK 2014

£800

Alecio Reis Violin Bow
Alecio Reis is a Brazilian bowmaker based in Cheltenham, UK. He has access to some superb pernambuco! This is a very attractive bow which he made for us a few years ago – it has been well used and much loved, but its owner has recently ugraded with us. We’re delighted to offer it again … More details


Joseph Arthur Vigneron Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

£18,000

Joseph Arthur Vigneron Violin Bow
Joseph-Arthur Vigneron is another of the great names in French bow-making. Like so many of the better late 19th century makers he worked for Gand & Bernardel before setting up on his own. He developed his own very successful model, rather more masculine than Voirin or Lamy, always beautifully proportioned. More details


Jean Joseph Martin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1870

£12,000

Jean Joseph Martin Violin Bow
Jean Martin was one of the extraordinary team of makers assembled by JB Vuillaume, and his bows very often follow the Vuillaume model. This is a more personal creation with a distinctive head – very unusually it bears an authentic Dominique Peccatte brand. The bow is in near perfect condition. More details


Dominique Peccatte Viola Bow, Paris circa 1845

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Dominique Peccatte Viola Bow
Dominique Peccatte is one of the greatest French makers, second only to FX Tourte in the eyes of the world. Here we have a very rare viola bow in near mint condition, very strong and perfectly weighted. The original plain ebony mounts are supplied with the bow. More details


A French Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1890

£2,000

A French Violin Bow
This is a very attractive French violin bow made in Mirecourt, branded J Hel a Lille. It’s in fine condition and it draws an excellent sound. More details


Victor Fétique Violin Bow, Paris circa 1920

£16,000

Victor Fétique Violin Bow
This is an unusually beautiful Victor Fétique in great condition. Made with spectacularly flamed wood, and a great player into the bargain. More details


Claude Thomassin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1905

£3,000

Claude Thomassin Violin Bow
This is a very fine German bow made in imitation of Claude Thomassin. It’s a great player, strong yet refined, and in excellent condition. More details


Louis Morizot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930

£6,500

Louis Morizot Violin Bow
Louis Morizot is best known for his collaboration with Sartory. He made bows of all qualities, both uder his own name and for the trade, and his best creations are of the highest quality. More details


Nicolas Simon Violin Bow, Paris circa 1840

£27,000

Nicolas Simon Violin Bow
Nicolas Simon (also known as Simon Fr.) is a superb maker whose life and origins are still poorly documented. All we can say with certainty is that he made exceptional bows broadly in the style of Peccatte. More details


Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1925

£28,500

Eugène Sartory Violin Bow
Everyone knows the name Sartory, indeed he is probably the most popular maker of all time! Here we have a very fine example from his best period, beautifully presented and in great condition. More details


Michael Taylor Violin Bow for Ealing Strings, London 1989

£4,750

Michael Taylor Violin Bow for Ealing Strings
Michael Taylor is a great contemporary maker who spent most of his working life at Ealing Strings. Now living and working in Spain, Michael continues to make bows of unusual beauty. More details


Hippolyte Camille Lamy Violin Bow, Paris circa 1920

£16,000

Joseph Alfred Lamy Violin Bow
This is a typically elegant bow by HC Lamy (Fils), very close in style to the work of his father Joseph Alfred Lamy, and in excellent condition. More details


FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

£21,000

FN Voirin Violin Bow
Voirin is one of the big names, unrivalled for the beauty and exactness of his work. Here we have an unusually well preserved example of this great maker’s work – it’s also a terrific player with ideal weight and balance. More details


Claude Joseph Fonclause Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1830

£40,000

Claude Joseph Fonclause Violin Bow
Joseph Fonclause is a rare maker whose work is highly appreciated by soloists. There we have a fine early example in excellent condition – a very powerful stick with a great tone. More details


HR Pfretzschner Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1960

£4,500

HR Pfretzschner Violin Bow
An exceptional gold mounted HR Pfretzschner violin bow in near perfect condition – and a big sound. More details


Jean-François Aldric Violin, Paris 1835

£52,500

Jean-François Aldric ViolinJean-François Aldric is one of the great names in French making, of the same generation as Lupot and Pique. In his later years he made superb Stradivari copies modelled on originals which he obtained from Luigi Tarisio, and our violin is one of these – a very faithful Strad copy displaying exquisite workmanship, with a real concert sound. More details


Michael Albani Violin, Bolzano circa 1720

£20,000

Michael Albani ViolinThe Albani family played a huge role in the development of violin-making, and yet their instruments are rarely seen. This violin is a very interesting example, following very closely on the work of Matthias but made by his son Michael. Always more successful tonally than Stainer (the other Tyrolean), this violin is no exception. More details


WE Hill & Son Viola Bow, London circa 1920

£16,000

WE Hill & Son Viola Bow
This is a top of the range Hill viola bow in gold and ivory dating from 1937 – it’s in great condition and it plays beautifully. More details


Roger Gérome Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1950

£3,500

Roger Gérome Violin Bow
Roger Gérome was primarily a dealer in accessories and tonewood, but he developed a very successful relationship with various Mirecourt bow-makers and sold their bows under his own stamp or “Gérome-Devoivre”. This is a lovely example with fine detailing and excellent wood. More details


Giovanni Schwarz Small Viola, Venice 1913

£25,000

Giovanni Schwarz Small ViolaGiovanni Schwarz was the nephew and apprentice of Eugenio Degani. This instrument bears an authentic Degani label, but it’s signed by Schwarz. Is it a Degani or a Schwarz? Quite a tricky conundrum, but either way a very fine Venetian small viola with an outstanding sound. More details


Small Viola probably by Francesco Maurizi , Appignano circa 1840

£35,000

Probably Francesco Maurizi Small ViolaFrancesco Maurizi is a relatively obscure maker from the Marche region of central Italy. His violins are much admired for their quality of sound, though the construction can be quite hurried. This viola is a great example, with an unusually deep and noble sound for its size. More details


Nicolas Maire Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1845

£38,000

Nicolas Maire Violin Bow
This is a fine early Maire with wood to wood mounts, a feature much appreciated by hardcore toneheads The adjuster is a later replacement, and the price accordingly very attractive for this maker. More details


Nicolas Maire Violin Bow, Paris circa 1845

£42,500

Nicolas Maire Violin Bow
Nicolas Maire is a highly respected maker, closely associated with Pajeot. His style evolved significantly during his working life – this later example is Maire at his most artistic. More details


Nürnberger Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1930

£8,500

Nurnberger Violin Bow
This is an unusually fine gold and ebony mounted bow from the Nürnberger shop, probably the work of Philipp Paul Nürnberger. It’s a beautiful example of the higher-end production of this workshop. More details


WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London 1959

£5,000

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow
This is a superb Hill bow in mint condition, date stamped under the frog. It’s an excellent player with a strong yet lively stick. More details


Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

£26,500

Eugène Sartory Violin Bow
Eugène Sartory remains the most popular bowmaker amongst professional musicians, and the value of his bows continues to rise at an alarming rate! This is a fine early example with excellent playing qualities. More details


Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1900

£32,500

Eugene Sartory Violin Bow
This is a unique early Sartory bow in superb condition – it’s a highly collectable bow but it also has a unique clarity of tone. More details


Louis Morizot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925

£6,500

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We have a number of bows by Louis Morizot, and I rate him very highly as a maker. Although the family name has come to be associated with more mass-produced bows, the father’s work is first rate. More details


Joseph Henry Violin Bow, Paris circa 1860

£28,500

Joseph Henry Violin Bow
Joseph Henry is in my opinion the greatest maker of the Peccatte school. This bow has a replacement frog and is quite worn, but it’s an exceptional player. More details


Paul Weidhaas Cello Bow for Victor Fétique circa 1930

£5,000

Paul Weidhaas Cello Bow
Paul Weidhaas is one of the most respected of early 20th century German bow-makers. Here we have a fine cello bow made in the French style, and in unusually pristine condition. More details


Bausch Cello Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920

£4,500

Bausch Cello Bow
A good cello bow from the Bausch workshop, dating from the early 1900s. More details


Charles Gaillard Violin, Paris 1853

£30,000

Charles Gaillard ViolinFrench 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. Gaillard is one of these, and this is a great example with a lustrous varnish and an outstanding concert tone. More details


Etienne Pajeot Cello Bow, Mirecourt circa 1830

£47,500

Etienne Pajeot Cello Bow
Etienne Pajeot is one of the great early French makers, and his bows are highly sought after for their excellent technical qualities. This is a relatively rare early cello bow in good condition.
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HR Pfretzschner Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1940

£3,250

HR Pfretzschner Violin Bow
It’s great to see the violin world finally waking up to the qualities of good German bows. There is absolutely no difference in quality of work or playability between fine French and German bows, and this Pfretzschner proves the point perfectly. Very elegant, made with superb materials, and a joy to use. More details


Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1840

£110,000

Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow
Dominique Peccatte occupies a unique place in the history of bow-making. While Tourte commands the highest prices, Peccatte brought the bow to a state of modernity which remains the archetype to this day. This is an unusually fine and rare example with an open frog and wood-to-wood mounts, but currently sporting a gold copy frog and button. More details


WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London circa 1935

£4,000

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow
There are few professional players who don’t have a Hill in their case. The firm’s reputation for quality and reliability is well deserved, and the bows carrying the WE Hill & Sons brand are always in demand. More details


Célestin Emile Clasquin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1930

£3,750

Célestin Emile Clasquin Violin Bow
A lovely French bow from one of the less well known makers of the early 20th century – very similar to EF Ouchard in style, also in feel. Robust yet quick on the draw, and pulling a big rounded tone. More details


Louis Morizot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925

£7,000

Louis Morizot Violin Bow
Louis Morizot’s main claim to fame is his association with Sartory, yet he’s a great maker in his own right. Under his sons, the family name became rather associated with mass production and clunky student bows, but at the time this bow was made, a Morizot was a thing of great refinement and beauty. More details


Jan Kulik Violin, Prague circa 1850

£18,000

Jan Kulik ViolinJan Kulik is perhaps the most refined maker of the Prague school. His violins are very individual, artistic and yet precise. This is a fine example with a superb sound, loosely based on a Gragnani and carrying a Gragnani label. More details


Frédéric Chaudière Viola, Montpellier 1990

£18,000

Frédéric Chaudière ViolaFrédéric Chaudière is one of the most respected of contemporary makers, and his name is known internationally. This is a lovely viola from his earlier period – it’s in good condition and the sound is terrific. More details


Richard Grünke Cello Bow, Bubenreuth circa 1965

£7,000

Richard Grünke Cello Bow
An exceptional gold-mounted bow in unused condition by one of the most esteemed German makers of the 20th century. More details


Richard Grünke Viola Bow, Bubenreuth circa 1965

£6,000

Richard Grünke Viola Bow
An exceptional gold-mounted viola bow by one of the most esteemed German makers of the 20th century. More details


Garner Wilson Viola Bow, Dingwall circa 2000

£3,000

Garner Wilson Viola Bow
Garner Wilson was one of the last of the Hill makers, and his work embodies the Hill tradition. Made with precision, well balanced, utterly reliable … More details


Joseph Calot Violin, Paris circa 1815

£65,000

Joseph Calot ViolinJoseph Calot is a fascinating figure in the history of violin-making. He is best known as a Turin maker for his association/collaboration with Pressenda, but he was also an apprentice in the workshop of Nicholas Lupot, and our violin is a bold variation on Lupot’s Paris style. This is a perfectly preserved example of Calot’s Parisian work, showing exceptional ability. More details


Jean Baptiste Vuillaume Viola, Paris 1845

Price on application

Jean Baptiste Vuillaume ViolaJB Vuillaume can truly be said to have revolutionised the world of stringed instruments. No-one has had quite as much impact on violin-making since Stradivari. He rode a wave of demand, largely of his own creating, and produced thousands of instruments and bows of extremely high quality. In the process he trained up an entire generation of fine makers. More details


Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1860

£42,500

Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow
Dominique Peccatte is widely regarded as the greatest bow-maker of all time – his bows show unusual flair and workmanship, and they are unsurpassed in technical quality. More details


Nicholas Leonard Tourte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1805

£90,000

Nicholas Leonard Tourte Violin Bow
Tourte is without question the most prestigious name in the history of bow-making. While FX Tourte was largely responsible for the design of bow that we recognize today, his older brother NL or “Tourte l’Ainé” was equally revolutionary. More details


Alfred Acoulon Violin, Mirecourt circa 1910

£9,000

Alfred Acoulon Violin,Alfred Acoulon was the foremost luthier employed by the Jerome Thibouville Lamy workshops, and he produced their flagship instruments under the soubriquet “Lutherie Parisienne”. Violins sold under his label were made entirely by him – in 1912 an Alfred Acoulon cost 20 times the price of a Geronimo Barnabetti. More details


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