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

£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


Jean Persoit Violin Bow, Paris circa 1830

£27,000

Jean Persoit Violin Bow
Jean Persoit is one of the most hallowed names in bow-making, really the only maker to rival FX Tourte. Here we have a restored example that is nonetheless quite beautiful and an outstanding player’s bow. More details


Nicolas Simon Violin Bow, Paris circa 1840

£27,000 On trial

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


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 1925

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Eugène Sartory Violin Bow
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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


Joseph Lafleur Violin Bow, Paris circa 1830

£35,000

Joseph Lafleur Violin Bow
Lafleur is one of the great names in French bow-making, and this is a very fine early example of his work. Contemporary bow-makers would kill or maim to get their hands on this quality of pernambuco, dense, veined and beautifully flamed. The head is very artistic, a bell-like model which Pierre Simon championed in his work. Typical frog with 2-piece heel-plate, one single pin in the centre of the back plate. 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


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


Francois Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1845

£45,000

Francois Peccatte Violin Bow
François Peccatte, brother of Dominique, is a maker whose star is in the ascendant. His preference for nickel and for unusual woods has to some extent obscured the quality of his making, but this bow is stunning. More details


Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1915

£47,500

Eugène Sartory Violin Bow
This is a spectacular gold mounted Sartory in excellent condition, and with the playing qualities you would expect from this maker’s best work. More details


Etienne Pajeot Violin Bow circa 1840

£47,500

Etienne Pajeot Violin Bow
This is an exceptional bow by one of the greatest of the French makers, Etienne Pajeot. It plays beautifully and the condition is outstanding.
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Joseph Henry Violin Bow, Paris circa 1850

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Joseph Henry Violin Bow
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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


FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1885

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FN Voirin Violin Bow
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Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1845

£80,000

Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow
Dominique Peccatte bows are highly prized for their playing qualities, and this one is a dream, strong yet supple in a uniquely 19th century way. The frog is also Dominique Peccatte but from another bow, and the price reflects this. 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


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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