Viola Bows

This is our current selection of contemporary and antique viola bows for sale, chosen for all-round playing ability and tone.

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


August Edwin Prager Viola Bow, Schönlind circa 1920

£3,500

August Edwin Prager Viola Bow
Edwin Prager was a less prolific maker than his brother Gustav, but his work is very refined and slightly more sought after. This is a beautiful example in excellent condition, originally sold by Beare & Son More details


Roger François Lotte Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1970

£4,500

Roger François Lotte Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1970
This is a lovely bow by Roger Lotte carrying his own later brand. It’s a classic example of his work with a rounded heel, Parisian eye, and a Simon-like backwards curve to the head. The fine red pernambuco is also typical – round in section, with mounts of silver and ebony. The condition is excellent.
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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


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


Albert Nürnberger Viola Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920

£6,500

Albert Nürnberger Viola Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920
This is a very fine Nürnberger family viola bow, probably an early work by Carl Albert Nürnberger. The brand with a * at each end came into use after 1910, yet some archaic aspects of this bow’s construction suggest that it can’t be much later than that. The bow has a silver face and a pinned underslide, and it oozes style. The stick is of beautifully flecked round section pernambuco – mounts are silver and ebony.
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WE Hill & Son Viola Bow, London circa 1950

£8,500

W E Hill & Son Viola Bow
Hill bows have a well deserved reputation for consistency of workmanship and for the quality of the sticks. The finest sticks were branded WE Hill & Sons, and the best of those such as this bow were mounted in gold. 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


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


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


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


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


François Nicolas Voirin Viola Bow, Paris circa 1880

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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.

This viola bow is a lovely example of his work, typically refined and perfectly proportioned. The stick is of octagonal section orange-brown pernambuco with speckled figure, mounts are silver and ebony. The condition is astounding.
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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


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