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François Lotte
François Lotte
François Lotte
François Lotte violin bow
François Lotte violin bow
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: François Lotte
Weight: 60.0 g
Year: mid 20th century
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François Lotte, French violin bow

This violin bow by François Lotte is a perfectly balanced and mature work that was crafted mid-century and is one of the later pieces of this famous Mirecourt bow maker. During this period, Lotte had already been working for many years with his son Roger François Lotte, who went on to take over the workshop completely around 1960. The strong round stick of light-coloured orange-brown pernambuco is typical for this phase in the oeuvre of Lotte père, whose individual style defines the expressive elements of the frog and head and clearly distinguishes this bow from his son's work. This François Lotte violin bow thus manifests the decades of experience and the exceptional craftsman standards of a master who took his first professional steps as an employee of Bazin, where he probably completed his training. Beyond that, however, the bow also serves as an interesting milestone in the development of a model that would become a defining benchmark for the family workshop in the period after WWII, a model on which François Lotte continued to focus well past his retirement and until his death in 1970. With its choice nickel silver fittings and an ebony frog with a Parisian eye, this bow with the original François Lotte brand mark is compelling ― not only in the elegance of its lines but also because of its excellent playing properties that feature all of the characteristics for which French bows are internationally esteemed. Easy to handle thanks to its well-centred striking point, the bow with a total weight of 60.04 g has now been made ready to play, offering a radiant sound with a bright yet warm character that brings out the individual properties of excellent violins and helps their musical profile achieve their fullest.

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