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French calssical bow, circa 1820 - frog
French calssical bow, circa 1820 - frog
Provenance: France
Maker: Ecole de Gaulard
Length of back: 52.4 g
Year: approx. 1820

French Classical violin bow, circa 1820 (J.-F. Raffin)

François Jude Gaulard was one of the most interesting contemporaries of the famous F. X. Tourte. His work represents a distinctive voice in the classic epoch of French bow making, which, as this Classical bow confirms, had a formative effect. The selection of a brownish-red exotic wood of unknown provenance and an eye-catching grain is a clear sign that the person who crafted this bow took inspiration from Gaulard, whose tradition he upheld. The style is reminiscent of the early works of Antoine Lagarde and is an impressive demonstration of the high standards that were honoured in Mirecourt during the period of transition into modern bow making. The moderately thick octagonal stick has a plain, simple ebony frog and a subtly ornamented button of ivory. The balance point is located at 29 cm of the total length of 73.2 cm and is perceived as being in the upper half towards the tip. Its musical quality is evident in its fine, clear and nuanced sound. This rare violin bow has a silvery bright character and is now ready to play after having been thoroughly set up by the experts at our atelier. The bow comes with a certificate and an appraisal by J.-F. Raffin of Paris confirming its value at €4,000.

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