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Claude A. Thomassin, French violin bow
Claude A. Thomassin, French violin bow
Provenance: Paris
Maker: Claude Auguste Thomassin
Weight: 59.0 g
Year: approx. 1920

Claude A. Thomassin, French violin bow circa 1920 (certificate J.F. Raffin)

This Claude Thomassin is a fine French violin bow with a perfect weight distribution which will satisfy the highest standards. It is ideal for a violin with a clear and brilliant sound: it creates a bright and voluminous magnitude and warmth. Thomassin crafted the solid round stick of the finest reddish pernambuco around 1920, at which time his atelier in Paris had been in business for 19 years. A former employee of the legendary Gand & Bernardel company, Claude Thomassin had long since established an excellent name for himself when this bow was produced, and contemporary scholars still consider him to be one of the best bow makers of his time. The stick of this violin bow was given his original stamp, and he fitted it with an ebony frog and genuine silver mountings. The Parisian eye and capsule button round out its classically beautiful aesthetic. The balance point of this bow is centred and broad; it measures 26.9 cm of the total length of 74.4 cm, and the total weight is a pleasant 59.0 g. A minor repair was made at the frog, and it is truly negligible, especially in light of the musical greatness of this bow and its magnificent history. Our restoration specialists have set it up completely and made it ready to play. We offer this Claude Thomassin bow with a certificate of authenticity and an evaluation for € 12,000 by J. F. Raffin Paris, included in the price.

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