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Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: François Lotte
Weight: 60.5 g
Year: approx. 1950
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François Lotte, French violin bow

This French violin bow features robust strength as well as finely nuanced playing properties, thanks to the masterfully crafted stick with perfectly balanced weight and good elasticity. The highly regarded Mirecourt bow maker François Lotte made this bow around 1950, and it is one of the later works of a highly productive master who at the time was preparing to transfer his atelier to his son Roger François Lotte. François Lotte already had close family ties to the elite figures in the community of contemporary French luthiers and archetiers, since he was the brother-in-law of the great Émile Auguste Ouchard and the son of the former Vuillaume employee Georges Lotte. He himself probably completed his training under Bazin, in whose atelier he worked until moving on to Cuniot-Hury; later, as an independent master, François Lotte also completed commissions for Roger and Max Millant as well as Marcel Vatelot. This bow, which has been kept in mint condition, is an excellent example of the consistently high standard at which François Lotte worked. He used reddish-brown pernambuco to fashion a round stick and gave it a good weight of 60.5 g; thanks to a balance point that feels central at its position of exactly 25.6 cm of the total length of 74.4 cm, it creates the best conditions for professional orchestra performance. The top-tier fittings ? a silver-mounted ebony frog and a three-part button ? complement the classically restrained style. It has now been thoroughly set up at our atelier for restoration, and we warmly recommend its persuasive and typically French sound: crisp, powerful and well-balanced.

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