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, François Lotte had already been working for many years with his son Roger François Lotte, who went on to take over the family workshop completely around 1960. The strong round stick of light-coloured orange-brown pernambuco is typical for this phase in the oeuvre of François Lotte "père", whose individual style defines the expressive elements of the frog and head and...

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, François Lotte had already been working for many years with his son Roger François Lotte, who went on to take over the family workshop completely around 1960. The strong round stick of light-coloured orange-brown pernambuco is typical for this phase in the oeuvre of François 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 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 violin 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 violin 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 violin bows are internationally esteemed. Easy to handle thanks to its well-centred striking point, the violins 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.

François Lotte
Typical work of French bow maker Francois Lotte
Fig. |