Fine Violin Bows £10K to £20K

Our current selection of fine violin bows for sale in this price range, chosen for playability, tone and condition.

If you are looking for something in particular please ask us – we are often able to help customers buy violins through our international contacts.

Auguste Barbé Violin Bow, Paris circa 1890

£10,000

Auguste Barbé Violin Bow
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 sublte and almost indistinguishable from those of his close colleague FN Voirin. Here we have a lightweight example in top condition. More details


EF&EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930

£11,000

EF&EA Ouchard Violin Bow
This is a very fine bow from the EF Ouchard workshop, showing the hand of his supremely talented son EA Ouchard, and branded “Villaume Freres” (a dealership in Nancy). A very strong yet nimble stick, and in great condition barring a few minor scratches. More details


WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London 1959

£12,000

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow
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! More details


Jean Joseph Martin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1870

£12,000

Jean Joseph Martin Violin Bow
Jean Martin was one of the extraordinary team of makers assembled by JB Vuillaume, and his bows very often follow the Vuillaume model. This is a more personal creation with a distinctive head – very unusually it bears an authentic Dominique Peccatte brand. The bow is in near perfect condition. More details


James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1885

£12,000

James Tubbs Violin Bow
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. Some wear to the handle and the thumb projection, in good condition overall and an excellent player. More details


James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1890

£12,000

James Tubbs Violin Bow
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. More details


Alfred Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1915

£12,000

Alfred Tubbs Violin Bow
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. More details


James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1870

£13,000

James Tubbs Violin Bow
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. More details


James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1895

£13,500

James Tubbs Violin Bow
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. More details


Hippolyte Camille Lamy Violin Bow, Paris circa 1920

£16,000

Joseph Alfred Lamy Violin Bow
This is a typically elegant bow by HC Lamy (Fils), very close in style to the work of his father Joseph Alfred Lamy, and in excellent condition. More details


Victor Fétique Violin Bow, Paris circa 1920

£16,000

Victor Fétique Violin Bow
This is an unusually beautiful Victor Fétique in great condition. Made with spectacularly flamed wood, and a great player into the bargain. More details


JA Vigneron Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

£17,500

JA Vigneron Violin Bow
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. More details


Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1898

£18,000

Eugène Sartory Violin Bow
This is a very fine Sartory in excellent condition. The stick is almost a centimetre longer than normal, hence the bargain price. Ideal for a taller player! More details


Joseph Arthur Vigneron Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

£18,000

Joseph Arthur Vigneron Violin Bow
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. More details


Nicolas Maline Violin Bow, Paris circa 1865

£18,000

Nicolas Maline violin bow
Nicolas Maline, also known confusingly as Guillaume Maline, is quite a maverick figure from the Golden period of French bow-making. Even his dates are disputed, as is the question of whether or not he worked for Vuillaume. However, his work is unique and distinctive, and of the highest quality. More details


Jean Joseph Martin Violin Bow for JB Vuillaume, Paris circa 1870

£20,000

Jean Joseph Martin Violin Bow
This is a very nice Vuillaume bow made by JJ Martin around 1870. Built on a typcial Vuillaume model, it’s a very attractive bow with a huge sound. More details


Violin Bows for sale under £5k

Great sticks for players on a budget

Violin Bows £5-10k

19th & 20th century bows for advanced students

Violin Bows £10-20k

Professional level bows by highly respected makers

Violin Bows over £20k

Fine bows for soloists and collectors

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