WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, William Retford c1930

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, William Retford c1930

Branded WE H&S, this remarkable bow was made by William R. Retford around 1930. A very responsive player of an ideal weight, in a fine state of preservation, this bow comes from the private collection of one of the most respected experts in Hill bows.
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Charles Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1900

Charles Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1900

Nephew to Dominique Peccatte and son of François, Charles Peccatte was one of the select group of makers who served time in the Vuillaume shop. Here we have a very fine example of his later style, a great playing bow in an excellent state of preservation.
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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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Michael Albani Violin, Bolzano circa 1720

Michael Albani Violin, Bolzano circa 1720

The 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.
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Angelo Soliani Violin, Modena circa 1800

Angelo Soliani Violin, Modena circa 1800

Angelo Soliani violins are quite rare, and they are highly prized for their quality of tone. He seems to have been heavily influenced by Guadagnini, and the arching and varnish are very similar. This example is far from pristine, but it’s a great sounding instrument in good restored condition.
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