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Eugène Nicolas Sartory: the modern classic of bow making

Bows made by the Parisian master Eugène Sartory have ranked among the most sought-after items in modern instrument building for over 100 years. His aesthetically perfect and outstandingly balanced pieces can be seen as refined interpretations of models by François Nicolas Voirin and Joseph Alfred Lamy père. These bows have become classical standards for bows that follow the tradition of the great François Xavier Tourte.


Eugène Sartory was born on 22 September 1871 in Mirecourt and learned his craft from his father. Before he was even twenty, E. Sartory began working for Charles Peccatte in Paris in 1890. Shortly afterward, he studied under the legendary Joseph Alfred Lamy Père before opening his own studio on the Boulevard Nouvelle in 1893. In the twelve years that followed, Eugène Sartory perfected his own model which he continued to produce at the same high and amazingly homogenous quality standards throughout his lifetime. This high benchmark is one of the most noteworthy characteristics of genuine E. Sartory bows, and it explains their famous attributes.


Eugene Sartory worked predominantly with dark pernambuco in his earlier period, whereas his later years were “blonder.” Throughout his career, however, he gave his bows luxurious details that featured ebony, exquisite silver and gold fittings, and tortoiseshell thumb leather of lizard skin. Compact and perfectly shaped heads rank among the more distinctive features of E. Sartory's “signature”.


The enduring relevance that E. Sartory attained in the world of music from early on can be seen by the numerous copies and forgeries of his bows that started becoming widespread around 1920. Strangely enough, his importance is also reflected in the obituary that mistakenly appeared in “The Violinist” in 1914, incorrectly reporting that the master had fallen in WWI. Eugene Sartory's great name was also due in part to his students, upon whose work he had a major impact: Louis Morizot (1874-1957) in Paris and Hermann Prell (1875-1925) in Markneukirchen both went on to become internationally renowned bow makers themselves. Louis H. Gillet (1891-1970), whom many soloists saw as a master whose craftsmanship equalled Sartory's, worked with him from 1934 until his death on 5 March 1946.


 

Related texts in the Corilon information archive:


François Xavier Tourte, founding father of the modern violin bow

François Nicolas Voirin and the new French violin bow

Joseph Alfred Lamy père: a key figure in modern bow making


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