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Charles François Gand (Père) Violin, Paris 1843

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Charles François Gand (Père) Violin
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James Tubbs Viola Bow, London circa 1900

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James Tubbs Viola Bow
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Karel Vávra Violin, Prague 1941

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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 Vava was a leading maker of this school, and here we have a very typical Guarneri-inspired violin of his from 1943.

Some minor cosmetic issues but overall a very beautiful violin, aesthetically and tonally. More details


Charles JB Collin-Mézin Violin, Paris 1884

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Charles JB Collin-Mézin ViolinLike a Hill bow, an early Collin-Mézin is an utterly reliable commodity. Everybody likes them – professional players, amateurs, students, teachers, and violin shop owners. This example is one of the nicest I’ve seen, with a beautifully warm and rich tone that would cofound anyone’s prejudices about “the French sound”. More details


Edwin Herrmann Violin Bow, Schönlind circa 1930

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Edwin Herrmann Violin Bow
The Herrmann family were prominent bowmakers based in the Vogtland region of Germany dating back to the 18th century. This example by Edwin Herrmann (1893-1972) is very typical. More details


Günter Paulus Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1980

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Johannes Paulus Violin Bow
The Paulus family have maintained a very high standard of making over several generations, and I particularly like their bows. This is a lovely example with chased silver mounts. More details


James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1890

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James Tubbs Violin Bow
No-one would pretend that James Tubbs was a consistent maker, but his best bows are amongst the finest bows ever made. And this rare unmodernised example is unusually good… More details


Victor Fétique Violin Bow, Paris circa 1925

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Victor Fétique Violin Bow
Victor Fétique set up his workshop in 1913, and ran a busy and successful business for the next 20 years. Although much of the work was carried out by apprentices or outworkers, his own bows such as this one are amongst the best bows of the early 20th century. More details


Frantisek Karel Kriz Viola, Prague 1924

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Prague school violaFK Križ was one of the most talented Czech makers of the early 20th century, with a rare gift for sound. This del Gesu inspired viola is a great example of his work in near perfect condition. More details


A Mirecourt Violin circa 1920

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Mirecourt ViolinA lovely Mirecourt violin with a stunning one-piece birds-eye maple back – in excellent condition and with a great sound. More details


Richard Grünke Violin Bow, Bubenreuth circa 1965

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


Bernard Ouchard Violin Bow, Geneva circa 1960

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Bernard Ouchard Violin Bow
You can recognize a Bernard Ouchard bow from a mile away – highly distinctive styling, beautiful workmanship, and always a touch of bling. Aside from being a very pretty object, this bow is an outstanding player which ticks all the boxes, and does great credit to its maker and to the illustrious Ouchard name. More details


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