Torleiv Frøysaa Hardanger, Gjøvik 1910

Torleiv Frøysaa Hardanger, Gjøvik 1910

This is a fine Hardanger by the highly respected early 20th century maker Torleiv Frøysaa. It’s a beautiful sounding instrument with 4 sympathetic strings in good playing condition.
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Jacques-Pierre Thibout Violin, Paris 1832

Jacques-Pierre Thibout Violin, Paris 1832

Jacques Pierre Thibout is considered to be one of the best Parisian makers of the early 19th century. We have two violins of his at the moment, this one very much a player’s instrument with some minor restoration and a big bold sound.
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Vila Kužel Violin, Brno 1965

Vila Kužel Violin, Brno 1965

This is a very good modern Czech violin by Vilém Kužel. Meticulous craftsmanship on a Guarneri model, fine materials and an excellent sound.
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Julius Hubička Violin, Prague 1943

Julius Hubička Violin, Prague 1943

This is an exceptional example of the work of Julius Hubička, a highly productive but maddeningly inconsistent maker of the early 20th century. This particular violin ticks all the boxes – great sound, great condition, great price.
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Louis Gillet Viola Bow, Nancy circa 1940

Louis Gillet Viola Bow, Nancy circa 1940

Louis Gillet is best known for his collaboration with Eugène Sartory,. Here we have a very fine Sartory inspired viola bow in excellent condition, and with playing qualities very similar to a good Sartory.
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Joseph Hel Violin, Lille 1889

Joseph Hel Violin, Lille 1889

This is a rare del Gesu copy by one of the most interesting of late 19th century French makers, Joseph Hel. It’s an unusually fine sounding example of this maker’s work in very good condition.
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Paul Bailly Violin, London 1890

Paul Bailly Violin, London 1890

Here we have another excellent Paul Bailly from 1890 – it’s a very responsive instrument in excellent condition, and a great example of this maker’s work.
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JB Lefevbre Violin, Amsterdam 1760

This is a rare and very pretty violin by the 18th century Dutch maker Jacques Lefebvre – it’s a superb sounding instrument in good restored condition.
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Giuseppe Rocca Viola, Turin 1858

Giuseppe Rocca Viola, Turin 1858

This is a remarkable small viola by Giuseppe Rocca in a very pure state of preservation, and with a tonal quality that’s quite astounding for the size.
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Alberto Guerra Viola, Modena 1957

Alberto Guerra Viola, Modena 1957

Made by Alberto Guerra, this is an excellent yet affordable modern Italian viola of good proportions with a warm, fruity sound. It has a slightly “lived-in” appearance but is free from any condition issues.
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Marino Capicchioni Viola, Rimini 1954

Marino Capicchioni Viola, Rimini 1954

This is a fine Italian viola of ideal proportions made by Marino Capicchioni in 1954 – it’s an unusually attractive example in excellent condition, with a big and bold sound.
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Ansaldo Poggi Viola, Bologna 1954

Ansaldo Poggi Viola, Bologna 1954

Ansaldo Poggi is the most highy valued violinmaker of the 20th century, and here we have a rare viola in mint condition. An outstanding collector’s piece and a beautiful sounding instrument.
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EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Paris circa 1930

EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Paris circa 1930

EA Ouchard is probably the greatest of 20th century French makers, and this is the finest example we have seen. Gold mounted, spectacular wood, amazing condition, and most importantly a great player’s bow.
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FX Tourte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1805

FX Tourte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1805

FX Tourte is without question the greatest maker in the history of bow-making. Here we have a terrific FX Tourte stick in excellent condition, with mounts of the period probably by Francois Lupot II.
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Paul Bailly Violin, Paris circa 1875

Paul Bailly Violin, Paris circa 1875

Paul Bailly is definitely the most interesting maker to have come out of the Vuillaume shop, and this is a typically bold creation of his based on del Gesu. It’s in excellent condition and has a full and responsive voice.
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HC Silvestre Workshop Violin, Paris, circa 1890

This is a lovely violin from the late 19th century bearing an authentic Silvestre label, but most likely a bought-in Mirecourt instrument. It has a terrific sound, and it would be ideal for a talented young player.
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A Fine Berlin Violin, circa 1920

A Fine Berlin Violin, circa 1920

This is a rather beautiful violin which used to be a Bisiach pretending to be a Guiseppe Rocca! It’s a great example of the early 20th century Berlin copy style with a very fine sound.
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Tomáš Hulinzky Violin, Prague 1776

Tomáš Hulinzky Violin, Prague 1776

Hulinsky is one of the most interesting Prague makers of the 18th century, and this is a very refined example of his work. Beautiful craftsmanship, great wood, and a first class sound.
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Jean Persoit Violin Bow, Paris circa 1830

Jean Persoit Violin Bow, Paris circa 1830

Jean Persoit is one of the most hallowed names in bow-making, really the only maker to rival FX Tourte. Here we have a restored example that is nonetheless quite beautiful and an outstanding player’s bow.
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EF&EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925

EF&EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925

Here is another “collaboration” bow, made in the workshop of EF Ouchard but showing the hand of his son EA Ouchard. Made for Lucien Schmidt of Grenoble, this is a very high quality stick with an excellent playing character. Very good condition too.

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WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, William Johnston circa 1900

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, William Johnston circa 1900

Everyone is familiar with the quality of Hill bows – here we have a very early silver and ivory example from around 1900 bearing the maker’s mark of William Johnston (first mark with vertical nicks). The sound is first class and the condition is unusually good.
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Joseph Lafleur Violin Bow, Paris circa 1830

Joseph Lafleur Violin Bow, Paris circa 1830

Lafleur is one of the great names in French bow-making, and this is a very fine early example of his work. Contemporary bow-makers would kill or maim to get their hands on this quality of pernambuco, dense, veined and beautifully flamed. The head is very artistic, a bell-like model which Pierre Simon championed in his work. Typical frog with 2-piece heel-plate, one single pin in the centre of the back plate.
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Hermann Prell Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920

Hermann Prell Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920

This is the second bow we have by Hermann Prell, whose main claim to fame was the fact that he worked briefly for Sartory. Here we have a fine silver-mounted example in unblemished condition, and a great all-round player.
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WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London 1959

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London 1959

There are Hill bows and Hill bows … and this is about as good as you can get, a chased gold and tortoiseshell fleur de lys bow in mint condition. And it plays!
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Stephane Muller Viola Bow, Toulouse circa 1990

Stephane Muller Viola Bow, Toulouse circa 1990

This is a beautifully made viola bow by contemporary French maker Stéphane Muller, bearing the serial number 9589. The wood is outstanding, the condition is very good, and the sound is bold and solistic.

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Francois Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1845

Francois Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1845

François Peccatte, brother of Dominique, is a maker whose star is in the ascendant. His preference for nickel and for unusual woods has to some extent obscured the quality of his making, but this bow is stunning.
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G B Gaibisso Violin, Alassio 1949

G B Gaibisso Violin, Alassio 1949

This is a beautiful modern Italian violin by GB Gaibisso, a lesser known but very talented Ligurian maker. It’s in perfect condition and has a great sound.
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Alfred Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1915

Alfred Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1915

This is an exceptional bow by Alf Tubbs, dedicated to the 1900 the winner of the Stainer Prize, Dora Robins. Slightly short and light, what was described at the time as a “ladies’ bow”, nonetheless a terrific player and a uniquely collectable Tubbs.
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JA Vigneron Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

JA Vigneron Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

Joseph Arthur Vigneron is for me something of an unsung hero. His bows are great musician’s tools, not refined like Voirin but still exceptionally well made. Here we have a fine example in excellent condition, also an outstanding player.
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Paolo De Barbieri Violin, Genoa 1946

Paolo De Barbieri Violin, Genoa 1946

Paolo de Barbieri is a highly respected maker, and a leading figure in the modern Geonese school. For most of his life he produced copies of the del Gesu Cannone, which was gifted to the city of Genoa by Paganini and can still be seen in the Palazzo Tursi. This violin is an unusually attractive example with a rich golden varnish and an outstanding concert tone.
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Eugène Sartory Cello Bow, Paris circa 1910 (mounts not original)

Eugène Sartory Cello Bow, Paris circa 1910 (mounts not original)

Eugène Sartory is probably the most popular maker of all time, and his bows are the mainstay of professional musicians the world over. Here we have a very fine cello stick from his best period, very well preserved and of an ideal weight. The mounts are well-fitting copies, probably made for the bow.
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A Mittenwald Violin circa 1870

A Mittenwald Violin circa 1870

This is a good Mittenwald violin of the Neuner and Hornsteiner type, with a typical deep red varnish that’s slightly craquelled.
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Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1845

Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1845

Dominique Peccatte bows are highly prized for their playing qualities, and this one is a dream, strong yet supple in a uniquely 19th century way. The frog is also Dominique Peccatte but from another bow, and the price reflects this.
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Rodolfo Fredi Violin, Rome 1927

Rodolfo Fredi Violin, Rome 1927

Rodolfo Fredi was a prolific and successful maker. He produced violins of variying qualities – the better instruments are beautifully made and tonally outstanding. This example is his best quality of work, currently in excellent condition.
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Jacques-Pierre Thibout Violin, Paris 1825

Jacques-Pierre Thibout Violin, Paris 1825

Jacques-Pierre Thibout is perhaps the most artistic of the Parisian makers. He was a contemporary of Nicholas Lupot, and if he had made faithful Strad copies rather than pursuing his own model he would probably be the better known maker. Here we have a beautiful example in immaculate condition – definitely the finest Thibout I have seen and the best sounding too.
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François Nicolas Voirin Viola Bow, Paris circa 1880

François Nicolas Voirin Viola Bow, Paris circa 1880

FN Voirin is one of the greatest names in bow-making. Although his bows haven’t become a currency in the way that Sartory bows have, he is generally regarded as the better maker. While his bows are inevitably lighter, they have unparalleled elegance and are renowned for their quality of sound.
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Arthur Bultitude Viola Bow circa 1970

Arthur Bultitude Viola Bow circa 1970

Arthur Bultitude is a highly respected English maker who spent much of his working life at Hills. On leaving the Hill shop he specialised in exquisite bows with ornamental frogs such as this lovely viola bow.
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WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London 1939

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London 1939

WE Hill & Son bows come in many grades and levels of quality, but this bow must be one of the the best examples. A great player’s bow too, and in unusually fine condition.
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Jerome Thibouville-Lamy Violin, Mirecourt 1905

Jerome Thibouville-Lamy Violin, Mirecourt 1905

Jerome Thibouville-Lamy, or JTL, is one of the best-known names in the violin trade. The JTL mega-workshops in the Vosges produced hundreds of thousands of violins from the late 19th century to the mid 20th century. Mostly these were student violins which have remained popular on account of their excellent sound. But they also produced beautiful handmade “violons de maitre”, most likely the work of Alfred Acoulon – these were signed and numbered, and sold at the time for 10 times the price of their ever-popular Barnabetti-labelled instruments.
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A French Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1920

A French Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1920

This is a lovely French viola bow of the Ouchard/Cuniot-Hury type, made in Mirecourt around 1930. Quite light in weight but packing a punch, this is a very versatile bow which draws a full and elegant sound.
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Étienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1825

Étienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1825

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.
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Tino Lucke Violin Bow, Berlin 2006

Tino Lucke Violin Bow, Berlin 2006

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.
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Georges Chanot Violin, Paris circa 1830

Georges Chanot Violin, Paris circa 1830

Georges 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.
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Nicolaus Georg Skomal Violin, Graz 1804

Nicolaus Georg Skomal Violin, Graz 1804

Nicolaus 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.
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Gustav Lütschg Violin, Bern 1927

Gustav Lütschg Violin, Bern 1927

Gustav 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.
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Giovanni & Giuseppe Dollenz Violin, Trieste circa 1855

Giovanni & Giuseppe Dollenz Violin, Trieste circa 1855

For 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.
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Gand & Bernardel Viola, Paris 1888

Gand & Bernardel Viola, Paris 1888

Gand & 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.
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Emile Auguste Ouchard Viola Bow, New York circa 1950

Emile Auguste Ouchard Viola Bow, New York circa 1950

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.
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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.

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.
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Joseph Alfred Lamy Cello Bow, Paris circa 1890

Joseph Alfred Lamy Cello Bow, Paris circa 1890

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.
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Alessandro Carlesso Cello Bow, Brazil 2013

Alessandro Carlesso Cello Bow, Brazil 2013

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.
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James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1890

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1890

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.
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Auguste Barbé Violin Bow, Paris circa 1890

Auguste Barbé Violin Bow, Paris circa 1890

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 subtle and almost indistinguishable from those of his close colleague FN Voirin. Here we have a lightweight example in top condition.
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FN Voirin Cello Bow, Paris circa 1880

FN Voirin Cello Bow, Paris circa 1880

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.
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Charles JB Collin-Mézin Violin, Paris 1887

Charles JB Collin-Mézin Violin, Paris 1887

Collin-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.
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François Lotte Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1935

François Lotte Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1935

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.
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FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

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.
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Victor Fétique Cello Bow, Paris circa 1930

Victor Fétique Cello Bow, Paris circa 1930

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.
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EF Ouchard Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925

EF Ouchard Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925

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.
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James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1870

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1870

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 though the adjuster is from another bow of the period.
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James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1895

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1895

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.
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James Tubbs/WE Hill Violin Bow, London circa 1880

James Tubbs/WE Hill Violin Bow, London circa 1880

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.
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Joseph Arthur Vigneron Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

Joseph Arthur Vigneron Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

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.
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FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

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.
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Jean-François Aldric Violin, Paris 1835

Jean-François Aldric Violin, Paris 1835

Jean-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.
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