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.

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Louis Gillet Violin Bow for Lavest, circa 1935

£11,000

Louis Gillet Violin Bow
Louis Henri Gillet is best known as the maker of many late Sartory bows, but he was a formidable maker in his own right before this collaboration. This bow makes the point perfectly – very elegant work and an almost perfect playing bow. More details


Claude Thomassin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

£12,000

Claude Thomassin Violin Bow
Claude Thomassin is in my opinion one of the finest French makers of the turn of the century, and this is a superb example of his work in excellent condition. More details


Carl Heinrich Knopf Violin Bow, Berlin circa 1870

Recently sold

Carl Heinrich Knopf Violin Bow
The Knopf family produced some of the finest bows of the 19th century, and Carl Heinrich’s work is particularly prized. This is a very good example with a certificate from Isaac Salchow. More details


Victor Fétique Violin Bow, Paris circa 1925

£12,500

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


Victor Fétique Violin Bow, Paris circa 1920

£13,500

Victor Fétique Violin Bow, Paris circa 1920
Victor Fétique was an extremely productive maker – the first half of his working life was spent in the employ of CN Bazin and Caressa & Francais, subsequently he ran a busy workshop in his own name, and in 1925 received the honour of “Premier Archetier de France”. More details


James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1890

Recently sold

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


James Tubbs/WE Hill Violin Bow, London circa 1870

£16,500

James Tubbs/WE Hill Violin Bow
A good Tubbs is a thing of wonder, and this one is exceptional. Made for WE Hill and branded to the stick and the frog, this is very fine work from Tubbs’ early period. More details


Georges Léon Lamy Violin Bow circa 1905

£17,500

Georges Léon Lamy Violin Bow
Around the turn of the 20th century there was no shortage of great bow-makers in Paris, but Lamy has always been a special name for me. I love the refinement of these bows and their extraordinary sound. They tend not to suit orchestral sluggers, but they have always been popular with players who value expression and nuance. 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


James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1885

Recently sold

James Tubbs Violin Bow
James Tubbs is a delightfully inconsistent maker. The floppy bows he made for the “Maids of Mayfair” are best consigned to the dustbin, but his best sticks would bear comparison with the finest French bows ever made. This is an outstanding gold-mounted example from his most sought-after period, in near-mint condition. The wood is exceptional, the engraved ferrule is a treat, and the playing qualities are unbeatable. 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

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Violin Bows over £20k

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