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S314 “Dynasty” China, early twenty first century$ 1,000.00
Bows made with genuine snakewood, as this cello bow is, are unusual, and generally confined to Baroque and transitional styles. Not only does this modern-style bow have a snakewood stick, it has a snakewood frog as well, attractively finished with abalone and brass. Although the stick is visually quite finely carved, the snakewood gives it extra weight.
Weight: 86.7 grams
S314 Unstamped “Dynasty”, China early twenty first century$ 1,000.00
It is rare to come across a bow that is genuinely made of snakewood, as this one is. Much-prized as a bow-making wood in the Baroque era, it has now been superseded by its South American co-habitor, pernambuco, in modern bow-making. This bow has a fine stick and an elegant finish, but nonetheless weighs over 86 grams, giving a refined but powerful playing experience.
C388 “Wilhelm Raum”, Germany, mid-late twentieth century$ 1,200.00
Wilhelm Raum’s workshop made a range of bows throughout the mid-late twentieth century, mostly for the advanced student market.
This octagonal, pernambuco bow is a good example of his nickel-mounted bows, with a strongly-carved head, Parisian eyes and well-selected wood. The bow has a good legato action and articulation.
C408 Unstamped viola bow, European, late nineteenth century$ 1,295.00
This unstamped, round, European viola bow has silver mounts and a hybrid version of the
Vuillaume” frog, giving it good stability at the handle. Extensively restored in our bow workshop, the bow has a good blend of playing characteristics, combining steadiness in fast legato passages, precise articulation and an excellent spiccato. It is priced remarkably well for a silver-mounted bow.
Start sale price: $1295.00
S382 W.R. Schuster viola bow, Germany, mid-late twentieth century$ 1,300.00
“W.R. Schuster” seems now to be a brand name on bows made in Asia. In contrast, this octagonal, pernambuco, nickel-mounted viola bow is stamped “W. Germany” on the underside of the stick by the button and has a personal provenance and history that places its manufacture firmly in the mid-late twentieth century, before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The stick is strongly made and with a weight a little over the average, will suit a bigger instrument. The playing characteristics are very good, with stability in legato passages and a decent articulation and spiccato.
Weight: 73.25 grams
S346 Cello bow, F.C. Pfretzschner, Germany, twentieth century$ 1,500.00
The Pfretzschner family included many fine bow makers, with workshops in Markneukirchen , who produced bows that are now considered among the finest by German archetiers. F.C. Pfretzschner, on the other hand, is probably an invented name, for no such bow maker is recorded. Nonetheless, this bow is reasonably well-made, with a strong, octagonal pernambuco stick. Nickel mounts betray the bow’s lack of a prestigious provenance; conversely, the lower sale price puts a very workable bow within reach of an advancing student.
Start sale price: $1,500.00
Bow weight: 82.1 grams
B763 European, unstamped, late 19th or early 20th century$ 1,600.00
With silver mounts and a warm dark brown, octagonal, pernambuco stick, this bow is unpretentious and workmanlike.
S338 “E.L. Herrmann”, Germany, mid-20th century$ 1,600.00
This good-quality, student-grade bow from Edwin Lothar Herrmann’s workshop has an octagonal, pernambuco stick and nickel mounts. The stamp “E.L. HERRMANN” is one of a number of variations used by Herrmann, who also stamped the frogs with his family’s coat of arms. The stick is strong and resistant, though the bow itself is relatively light, at 78.6 grams. The Herrmann workshop produced a range of bows; the best are suitable for top professional use. This bow would suit a student in the higher grades who wishes to continue.
S386 unstamped European violin bow$ 1,600.00
This is an intriguing bow, made from snakewood rather than pernambuco, and displaying the characteristic dark stripes of this dense South American hardwood. Snakewood was commonly used for Baroque-period bows but is rarely seen these days. Despite the wood having a heavier weight than pernambuco, this bow feels surprisingly light in the hand, but produces a clear, warm sound. Silver mounts enhance its elegant appearance.
Start sale price: $1,600.00
Bow weight: 66.9 grams
C359 C.A. Reichel, stamped ‘Techler’, Markneukirchen, Germany, late 19th century$ 1,700.00
The silver mounts and well-selected pernambuco stick indicate that this is a higher grade bow from the bow-making workshops of one of the numerous and prolific Markneukirchen Reichel family. The bow bounces and articulates well, and draws a warm sound.
S339 Cuniot-Hury workshop, Mirecourt, France, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 1,775.00
Eugene Cuniot, also known as Cuniot-Hury, had a very successful bow-making workshop in Mirecourt, employing up to ten highly skilled archetiers, who were allowed to follow their own stylistic preferences under his supervision. This silver-mounted bow, with its round pernambuco stick, has outstanding playing characteristics, with a very steady legato, an excellent spiccato and a clear and responsive, stable articulation. Normally a bow from this workshop would sell for over $7,000.00. This bow is priced at a fraction of this sum because of an old head break, which has been previously spliced and recently pinned with a nickel-silver pin in our workshops.
S337 Höfner, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 1,800.00
The Höfner workshops were established in what was then Austrian Bohemia in the 1880’s. From the beginning, they made a wide diversity of stringed instruments and their accessories for a burgeoning middle-class market. Then, as now, Höfner produced a broad range graded according to quality. This well-preserved early cello was made for the upper end of the market, as its silver mounts and selected, octagonal pernambuco stick can testify. The stick is strong and resistant to sideways pressure.
S272 Bob Berg, Wellington, NZ, late 20th century
This is very representative of a number of prototype carbon fibre bows handmade in New Zealand by Bob Berg, an American double bass player in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Berg later moved to Indiana, USA, where his carbonfibre expertise was refined by William Duff into the modern Berg Bow. Although the finish on the head is slightly rough, this bow has excellent playing characteristics, with clear articulation, steadiness in rapid legato strokes and a great bounce.
S424 violin bow, stamped “Dodd”, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 1,950.00
Like many German bows of this era, this bow has been stamped with the name of a famous maker. Unlike most, however, this has silver mounts and a well-selected Pernambuco stick. The playing characteristics are also good, with a very even, steady response along the full length of the stick. At 62.3 grams, it is at the heavier end of the violin bow spectrum, and pulls a warm, rich sound as a result, without losing articulation.
Start sale price: 1,950.00
Bow weight: 62.3 grams
S303 German “Tourte” copy violin bow$ 2,000.00
François Xavier Tourte, is for bow manufacturers, what Antonio Stradivari is for the 19th and early 20th century big mass-production violin workshops of Mirecourt, Markneukirchen and Schönbach – the star maker in the firmament, and therefore the name to put on countless thousands of reproductions. In the case of this octagonal, pernambuco violin bow, the copy, while nothing like the quality of its name-sake, is still a decent playing bow, with good strength and steadiness in the stick. The nickel button may be a later addition or it may be an original match for the nickel frog lining and Parisian eyes, in an otherwise silver-mounted frog.
S356 Stamped “GE…L” possible “GEIPEL” Germany, early-mid twentieth century$ 2,000.00
This silver-mounted, pernambuco bow, despite a relatively heavy weight of 62.3 grams, has a finely-carved head and feels light in the hand. The stamp “GE…L” is on the far side of the stick above the frog, and inverted in the French style. Nonetheless, it is quite possible that the bow comes from the workshops of Oswald Geipel, in Wohlhausen, Saxony.