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Violin bows

„Le violon, c'est l'archet!“


The violin bow is much more than just an indispensable accessory. Its essential contribution to the violin's sound is a well-known secret still underestimated by many players. Or, in the words of maestro Giovanni Battista Viotti: "Le violon, c'est l'archet." Choosing an adequate violin bow that suits both the player and instrument can be a challenging task, and it calls for a broad spectrum of good violin bows to select from. View Corilon violins large selection of German and French violin bows ranging from good quality antique students bows to rare premium products made by historical masters, including John Dodd, W.E. Hill & Sons and Eugène Nicolas Sartory, Paris. Follow the links for special recommendations for and violas & viola bows. Search our website for violin bows of a special origin by typing e. g. "French violin bow", or "German violin bow" into the search box. Take a look at our guide to the use and proper care of a bow. We will be happy to send you recommendations upon request and suggest the best suitable bow to match your violin. German and French violin bows for sale at Corilon violins: with 30 days returns, trade guarantee and optional certificate, professionally worked over and approved by our qualified violin makers. Follow the link to see some of the violin bows we have sold.

German violin bow. C. A. Hoyer

This good quality German fullsize violin bow by C. A. Hoyer is recommended for studen ...

Inventory No.: B004
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 59.8 g
Year: 1950 circa
Price: 450.00 €

French violin bow, Mirecourt approx. 1950 - probably Laberte  - frog
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A simple but excellent French violin bow. This recommendable French bow is the work o ...

Inventory No.: B880
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 59.2 g
Year: 1950 circa
Price: 750.00 €

Mozart bow - lightweight, active violin bow, silver, Germany - frog

This lightweight violin bow is a fluid, softish player. The bow was made in the 1940' ...

Inventory No.: B784
Provenance: Germany
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 56.8 g
Year: 1940 circa
Price: 750.00 €


1930's violin bow from Markneukirchen, warm, mellow tone - frog

This German Albert Schuster violin bow, a soft, fluid player, was made in the 1980's  ...

Inventory No.: B815
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 60.7 g
Year: 1930 circa
Price: 750.00 €

German violin bow, approx. 1910 - frog

This antique German violin bow shows mature craftmanship, it was made around 1910 and ...

Inventory No.: B871
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 56,2 g
Year: approx. 1910
Price: 850.00 €

Outstanding Markneukirchen violin bow, approx. 1910 - frog

This excellent German silver mlounted violin bow with outstanding playing properties  ...

Inventory No.: B583/2
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 57.8 g
Year: early 20th century
Price: 850.00 €


Powerful old violin bow, Markneukirchen c.1940 - frog

This powerful German violin bow is a very versatile bow; a strong, powerful player th ...

Inventory No.: B517
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: probably Hoyer workshop
Weight: 59.0 g
Year: approx. 1940
Price: 850.00 €

German lightweight violin bow, soft - warm, mellow tone - frog

This German lightweight violin bow that produces a warm, resonant sound was crafted i ...

Inventory No.: B583/1
Provenance: Unknown
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 57.1 g
Year: approx. 1920
Price: 850.00 €

German violin bow, Markneukirchen, Albert Thomä - frog

This good German violin bow was made by Albert Thomä in Markneukirchen in the mid 20t ...

Inventory No.: B517
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Albert Thomä
Weight: 56.6 g
Year: mid 20th century
Price: 890.00 €


Markneukirchen violin bow with blank frog - head

This strong and skillfully made German violin bow was handmade around 1960 in Markneu ...

Inventory No.: B872
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 58,9 g
Year: 1960 circa
Price: 890.00 €

C. A. Hoyer violin bow. Stamped on shaft, nickel mounted ebony frog

This lightweight C. A. Hoyer violin bow was crafted in the 1940s at the highly regar ...

Inventory No.: B582
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: C. A. Hoyer
Weight: 54.1 g
Year: approx. 1940
Price: 890.00 €

German violin bow with Parisian eye - frog

A very good German violin bow, made in the 1950'ies in Markneukirchen. It is a handma ...

Inventory No.: B882
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: unknown
Weight: 59.5 g
Year: 1950 circa
Price: 950.00 €


Markneukirchen violin bow, lightweight - frog
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This good quality silver mounted violin bow was made approx. 1950 in Markneukirchen,  ...

Inventory No.: B873
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 58.6 g
Year: approx. 1950
Price: 950.00 €

Silver mounted violin bow, Germany

This powerful silver mounted violin bow stamped Felix Martin is a convincing piece wi ...

Inventory No.: B850
Provenance: Germany
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 62.0 g
Year: approx. 1980
Price: 950.00 €

Modern German master violin bow. By Roderich Paesold - excellent - frog

This silver mounted German violin bow was handcrafted in the 1970's by Roderich Paeso ...

Inventory No.: B864
Provenance: Baiersdorf
Maker: Roderich Paesold
Weight: 60.0 g
Year: approx. 1970
Price: 1,200.00 €


MARMA violin bow after Sartory, approx. 1910 - frog

The great French master Eugène Nicolas Sartory is among those craftsmen, who set stan ...

Inventory No.: B876
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: MARMA
Weight: 54.8 g
Year: approx. 1910
Price: 1,200.00 €

French violin bow, Mirecourt, JTL, approx. 1920   - frog

This affordable and much recommendable French violin bow was made approx. 1920 in Mir ...

Inventory No.: B899
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Probably J.T.L.
Weight: 58.3 g
Year: approx. 1920
Price: 1,200.00 €

French violin bow approx. 1920 - frog

This good French violin bow with a recommended warm, rounded sound was made in Mireco ...

Inventory No.: B807
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: probably Laberte
Weight: 58.0 g
Year: approx. 1940
Price: 1,400.00 €


Lothar Seifert, silver mounted German master made violin bow

This fine quality two-star German master violin bow by Lothar Seifert was handcrafted ...

Inventory No.: B772
Provenance: Bubenreuth
Maker: Lothar Seifert
Weight: 58.9 g
Year: 1980 circa
Price: 1,500.00 €

Fine silver mounted Markneukirchen violin bow, Hill model, 1940/1950 - frog

This fine German violin bow was crafted on a Hill model around 1940 / 1950 in Markneu ...

Inventory No.: B753
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 63.6 g
Year: 1940 / 1950
Price: 1,500.00 €

Pernambuco violin bow, approx. 1940 - ebony frog with pearl eye
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This fine silver mounted violin bow of unknown origin was made around 1900. It featur ...

Inventory No.: B893
Provenance: Unknown
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 56.4 g
Year: 1900 circa
Price: 1,500.00 €


Fine German violin bow, Knopf. approx. 1890 - frog

This rare antique German violin bow was fashioned of the best quality 19th century ma ...

Inventory No.: B865
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Knopf workshop
Weight: 54.1 g
Year: approx. 1880
Price: 1,500.00 €

Fine Markneukirchen master violin bow

This fine master violin bow is perfectly balanced and unmistakable master work that w ...

Inventory No.: B394
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown, school of Prell
Weight: 60.2 g
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 1,500.00 €

Fine German master violin bow by Franz Winkler, silver  - frog
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Franz Winkler learned the artisanry of bow making from his father in Markneukirchen.  ...

Inventory No.: B794
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Franz Winkler
Weight: 60.1 g
Year: 1940 circa
Price: 1,600.00 €


Old German violin bow, 1950's  - frog

This fine quality and very handy Markneukirchen violin bow is a fine quality piece th ...

Inventory No.: B881
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Weight: 57.8 g
Year: approx. 1930
Price: 1,600.00 €

Marc Laberte violin bow. Ebony frog with Parisian eye.
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This recommendable French violin bow was made in the mid 20th century and bears the o ...

Inventory No.: B822
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Marc Laberte
Weight: 63.7 g
Year: mid 20th century
Price: 1,700.00 €

K. Gerhard Penzel violin bow

The Penzels are a family of bow-makers with long tradition. Emil Max Penzel founded h ...

Inventory No.: B869
Provenance: Ostrach
Maker: Kurt Gerhard Penzel
Weight: 60.4 g
Year: approx. 1960
Price: 1,800.00 €




German and French violin bows from Corilon violins


Corilon violins offers a hand-selected portfolio of historic violin bows and stringed instruments from Germany, France and Italy representing several different high quality standards and periods. At our violin making and restoration workshop in Munich, our qualified luthiers expertly and lovingly set up carefully chosen violins, fine violas, master violins and celli from Germany, France and Italy. Each bow is categorized by its playing properties and condition as it is brought to excellent condition and made ready to play.

New arrivals in our catalogue
  • Old Markneukirchen violin, 1940's (Saxony)
  • Fine, petite Mittenwald viola by Anton Jais c.1790 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Contemporary Italian viola from Cremona by Piergiuseppe Esposti
  • SALE Eugène Nicolas Sartory: Fine French violin bow (certificate J.-F. Raffin) - investment
  • Fine French Georges Apparut violin, 1934
  • Antique Czech master violin. A fine copy of Johann Georg Thir, c.1900
  • Old Bohemian violin
  • French violin bow, c.1900, atelier Charles Nicolas Bazin
  • Powerful German violin bow by H.R. Pfretzschner, silver
  • Old French violin bow, J.T.L. for Pierre Hel
  • French violin by H. Emile Blondelet, No. C7, 1924
  • English violin by Jeffery J. Gilbert, 1906
  • Czech master violin by Carolus Joseph Dvorak, Prague 1940
  • SALE Victor Fétique. Fine French violin bow, approximately 1930 – round stick (certificate by J. F. Raffin)
  • Stefano Conia, modern Italian viola, Cremona 1985 (certificate Stefano Conia)
  • 3/4 - 19th century Mittenwald 3/4 violin, approx. 1880
  • WORKED OVER AND OPTIMIZED Cristiano Ferrazzi, Verona: Italian violin op. 120 - Violinist's recommendation!
  • H. Derazey workshop, fine 19th century French violin
  • Mittenwald master violin by Karl Sandner, 1968
  • French violin #316 by René Morizot (certificate by Rene Morizot)
  • Rare violin by Joseph Michael Gschiell, Pest, Hungary 1789
  • WORKED OVER AND IMPROVED Fine violin of the Thir circle / school, approx. 1750 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Fine French 3/4 violin bow, c.1920
  • Silver mounted violin bow. 1950's, Markneukirchen