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Charles Nicolas Bazin, violin bow for Joseph Hel, approx. 1890 - frog
Charles Nicolas Bazin, violin bow for Joseph Hel, approx. 1890 - frog
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Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Charles Nicolas Bazin
Weight: 60.7 g
Year: approx. 1890
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Fine French violin bow by Charles Nicolas Bazin (certificate J.F. Raffin)

This is one of our very best violin bows: a French bow made around the year 1890 by Charles Nicolas Bazin. Under Bazin’s direction, his family-owned atelier flourished into an extremely successful business and took its rightful place among the highest echelons of the French bow-making tradition. One indication of Bazin’s exalted status is his collaboration with some of the best and most exacting violin makers of his time, including Joseph Hel, for whom he made the bow that we offer here. The octagonal stick is made of the finest grade pernambuco and is wonderfully supple. The thickness and weight of the 60.7 g bow are perfectly distributed, with a perceptibly central balance point. This is a masterpiece that was created for a master; it comes with a certificate of authenticity and valuation provided by J.-F. Raffin, a renowned Parisian bow-making expert. The powerful, outstanding sound drawn by this master bow is clear, precise and bright, conveying substance and character.

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