Gustave Bernardel French Cello Bow, Paris c.1890

Gustave Bernardel initially worked with his father, Auguste (Bernardel pere) and later took over the workshop with his brother, Ernest. This world famous firm later became 'Gand & Bernardel' and Gustave went on to be awarded 'Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur'.

The stick is attributed to Claude Thomassin (who made bows for Gand & Bernardel), however, it came to us with a cheap German trade frog which clearly didn’t belong to the stick. A new frog was commissioned from Melbourne’s own resident bow expert, Lennox Holt, and the bow again looks and works perfectly.

The bow comprises a round pernambuco stick with silver mounted ebony frog. It produces a refined, clean and clear sound with a versatile tone range, noticeably warm and supple. It has a very good spiccato response, is beautifully balanced and plays easily.

Gustave Bernardel French Cello Bow, Paris c.1890