Nicolas Maire Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1840

Nicolas Maire Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1840

Nicolas Maire is a highly respected Mirecourt maker closely associated with Pajeot, but who made the all-important journey to Paris. His style evolved significantly during his working life – this mid-period stick is in immaculate condition and has superb copy mounts by Derek Wilson.
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Luigi Salsedo Violin, 1928

Luigi Salsedo Violin, 1928

“Luigi Salsedo” instruments are well known in the UK, and have always been well regarded for their excellent tonal properties. This is a typical example in excellent condition, with a rich and powerful sound.
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JA Vigneron Violin Bow, Paris circa 1890

JA Vigneron Violin Bow, Paris circa 1890

This is a lovely bow by Joseph Arthur Vigneron, one of the outstanding makers of the late 19th century. The wood is spectacular, the condition is excellent, and it’s a great playing stick…
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Louis Bazin Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930

Louis Bazin Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930

Louis Bazin was a third generation bow-maker of consummate skill whose work is still undervalued simply because he worked in Mirecourt and not Paris. This bow is a mighty player and in top condition.
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Joseph Lafleur Violin Bow, Paris circa 1835

Joseph Lafleur Violin Bow, Paris circa 1835

Joseph René Lafleur is one of a number of great makers whose work sits between that of FX Tourte and the Peccatte school. This bow is very typical of his early work and close to that of his teacher Francois Lupot. It has some minor issues but it’s an outstanding player.
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James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1885

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1885

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. A small crack in the thumb projection of the frog, otherwise in very good condition overall and an excellent player.
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Riccardo Antoniazzi Violin, Milan 1911

Riccardo Antoniazzi Violin, Milan 1911

Riccardo Antoniazzi is one of the principal members of the modern Milanese school. This lovely violin from his last period is in outstanding condition and the sound is powerful and complex.
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Emanuel Adam Homolka Violin, Velvary 1825

Emanuel Adam Homolka Violin, Velvary 1825

Emanuel Adam Homolka was the most talented maker to emerge from the Strnad workshop in Prague. His violins are rightly valued for their artistry and their tonal qualities. This is a lovely example with a unique silvery timbre.
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R and M Millant Violin, Paris 1956

R&M Millant Violin, Paris 1956

This is an exceptional modern French violin by the renowned partnership of R&M Millant. It’s in top condition and the sound is big and brilliant, suitable for the concert stage.
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Jean Persoit Violin Bow, Paris circa 1820

Jean Persoit Violin Bow, Paris circa 1820

We are on something of a journey with Persoit, and this is the third bow of his we have offered this year. This one is a very interesting example of his early work. It’s unusually well preserved, and predictably enough it’s a fabulous player.
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Victor Fétique Cello Bow, Paris circa 1925

Victor Fétique Cello Bow, Paris circa 1925

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.
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Alecio Reis Violin Bow, Brazil/UK 2014

Alecio Reis Violin Bow, Brazil/UK 2014

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…

Giuseppe Tarasconi Violin, Saronno 1888

Giuseppe Tarasconi Violin, Saronno 1888

Giuseppe Tarasconi is one of our favourite makers, a musician turned violin-maker who produced first-class instruments whilst retaining an immediately recognizeable style. This violin is a great example – in excellent condition and with a beautiful sound.
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iccardo Genovese Violin, Montiglio 1926

Riccardo Genovese Violin, Montiglio 1926

Riccardo Genovese was the principal student of Annibale Fagnola, but his work is softer and the sound always more successful. This is a fine example in great condition with a powerful and very even sound.
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WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow, William Johnston circa 1935

WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow, William Johnston circa 1935

Yet one more excellent Hill bow, this time a fine early gold and tortoiseshell example with a stick by WIlliam Johnston, the frog bearing marks for Bultitude. Some wear to the stick but generally in very fine condition, and a lovely golden tone.
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Louis Gillet Violin Bow, Paris circa 1935

Louis Gillet Violin Bow, Paris circa 1935

Louis Gillet is best known as the maker of many late Sartory bows, but he was a formidable maker in his own right. This is an unusually attactive example – a very well balanced stick in top condition.
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Fornaciari Jr. Violin Bow, Brazil circa 2008

Fornaciari Jr. Violin Bow, Brazil circa 2008

Fornaciari Jr. bows are made in Brazil and are very popular in the US. There’s a wide range of models – this bow is at the top of the range, made with excellent pernambuco and with full silver mounts.
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Pierre Simon Violin Bow, Paris circa 1855

Pierre Simon Violin Bow, Paris circa 1855

This is an exceptional Pierre Simon stick made for Vuillaume, with later copy mounts. The stick is in near-mint condition and the playability is all you would expect from one of the greatest makers of the 19th century.
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Claude Thomassin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

Claude Thomassin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

Claude Thomassin is one of the most undervalued makers of the early 20th century, and his bows are finally being recognized for their originality. Although still affordable, we are seeing values rising quite dramatically in the last 3-4 years. This example has a typically direct yet refined sound – the condition is excellent though the adjuster is a later copy.
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Nicolas Simon Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1860

Nicolas Simon Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1860

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. This example is a great player’s bow, and very affordable thanks to a couple of minor condition issues.
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WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London circa 1910

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London circa 1910

This is a remarkable early Hill bow in gold and tortoiseshell made by Sydney Yeoman. It’s in exceptional condition for its age – a highly desirable collector’s item but also a great playing bow.
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James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1880

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1880

Here we have a very attractive middle period James Tubbs violin bow, engraved DM/MD to the ferrule. Exceptional flamed pernambuco, a strong yet supple stick, and a gorgeous sound.
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FW Chanot Violin, London circa 1910

FW Chanot Violin, London circa 1890

FW Chanot belongs to a distinguished line of violin-makers and experts. This violin is a beautifully preserved del Gesu copy with a powerful and supremely well balanced tone.
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Antonius Pilaš Violin, Stará Paka 1944

Antonius Pilar Violin, Stará Paka 1944

Antonín Pilaš belonged to one of the great Czech violin-making dynasties, members of which are still active today. This is a very well preserved example of his wartime production – it’s a great sounding instrument with a big bright sound.
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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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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 LeFebvre 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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HC Silvestre Workshop Violin, Paris, circa 1890

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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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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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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Georges Chanot Violin, Paris circa 1835

Georges Chanot Violin, Paris circa 1835

Georges Chanot is generally regarded as the finest French violin maker after Nicolas Lupot. He was a renowned conoisseur of Italian violins, and his del Gesu copies are particularly sought after. This is a great example, and the sound is as good as it gets.
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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 1957

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London 1957

This is a fine gold mounted Hill bow from 1957, the stick made by Arthur Copley. It’s in excellent condition and its playing qualities are quintessentially Hill – unpretentious and utterly reliable!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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