Rare Violin Bows Over £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 and bows through our international contacts.

FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

£21,000 On trial

FN Voirin Violin Bow
Voirin is one of the big names, unrivalled for the beauty and exactness of his work. Here we have an unusually well preserved example of this great maker’s work – it’s also a terrific player with ideal weight and balance. More details


FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

£25,000

FN Voirin Violin Bow
FN Voirin is one of the few genuinely important makers, and here we have an unusually fine example of his work in excellent condition. It’s also a very strong stick with superb playing qualities. More details


Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

£26,500

Eugène Sartory Violin Bow
Eugène Sartory remains the most popular bowmaker amongst professional musicians, and the value of his bows continues to rise at an alarming rate! This is a fine early example with excellent playing qualities. More details


Nicolas Simon Violin Bow, Paris circa 1840

£27,000

Nicolas Simon Violin Bow
Nicolas Simon (also known as Simon Fr.) is a superb maker whose life and origins are still poorly documented. All we can say with certainty is that he made exceptional bows broadly in the style of Peccatte. More details


Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1925

£28,500

Eugène Sartory Violin Bow
Everyone knows the name Sartory, indeed he is probably the most popular maker of all time! Here we have a very fine example from his best period, beautifully presented and in great condition. More details


Joseph Henry Violin Bow, Paris circa 1860

£28,500

Joseph Henry Violin Bow
Joseph Henry is in my opinion the greatest maker of the Peccatte school. This bow has a replacement frog and is quite worn, but it’s an exceptional player. More details


Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

£30,000

Eugène Sartory Violin Bow
This is a very fine early Sartory bow in excellent condition from the collection of the renowned Slovenian violinist and pedagogue Igor Ozim. Sartory prices continue to rise at an alarming rate, and well-presered early examples such as this fetch a premium. More details


Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1900

£32,500

Eugene Sartory Violin Bow
This is a unique early Sartory bow in superb condition – it’s a highly collectable bow but it also has a unique clarity of tone. More details


Nicolas Maire Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1845

£38,000

Nicolas Maire Violin Bow
This is a fine early Maire with wood to wood mounts, a feature much appreciated by hardcore toneheads The adjuster is a later replacement, and the price accordingly very attractive for this maker. More details


Claude Joseph Fonclause Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1830

£40,000

Claude Joseph Fonclause Violin Bow
Joseph Fonclause is a rare maker whose work is highly appreciated by soloists. There we have a fine early example in excellent condition – a very powerful stick with a great tone. More details


Étienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1825

£40,000

Étienne Pajeot Violin Bow
Étienne Pajeot is one of the most important figures in the history of bow-making. This example is a top class player’s bow in very fine condition The original frog is an experimental open ebony frog – we are offering the bow with an additional and more workable copy frog made by Yannick Le Canu. More details


Nicolas Maire Violin Bow, Paris circa 1845

£42,500

Nicolas Maire Violin Bow
Nicolas Maire is a highly respected maker, closely associated with Pajeot. His style evolved significantly during his working life – this later example is Maire at his most artistic. More details


Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1860

£42,500

Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow
Dominique Peccatte is widely regarded as the greatest bow-maker of all time – his bows show unusual flair and workmanship, and they are unsurpassed in technical quality. More details


Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1850

£65,000

Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow
A superb Dominique Peccatte violin bow in fine pernambuco, mounts of silver and ebony. Some minor restoration and a replacement button – a fantastic example at a great price. More details


Nicholas Leonard Tourte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1805

£90,000

Nicholas Leonard Tourte Violin Bow
Tourte is without question the most prestigious name in the history of bow-making. While FX Tourte was largely responsible for the design of bow that we recognize today, his older brother NL or “Tourte l’Ainé” was equally revolutionary. More details


Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1840

£110,000

Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow
Dominique Peccatte occupies a unique place in the history of bow-making. While Tourte commands the highest prices, Peccatte brought the bow to a state of modernity which remains the archetype to this day. This is an unusually fine and rare example with an open frog and wood-to-wood mounts, but currently sporting a gold copy frog and button. More details


François Xavier Tourte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1810

Price on application

François Xavier Tourte Violin Bow
FX Tourte is the “ne plus ultra” of bow-making. Like Stradivari and the violin, he created the modern bow, and his achievements have never been surpassed in any significant way. Here we have a very fine example, beautifully preserved, and with superb playing qualities. There are some minor condition issues, and for a Tourte it’s almost affordable!

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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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