Claude Thomassin violin bow, Paris c.1915

Claude Thomassin violin bow, Paris c.1915

Fine French bow making from the heart of the Mirecourt tradition.

This bow has sold. 526.

Description

Following strictly in the tradition, Claude Thomassin studied under his father, Louis; later working for C. N. Bazin before moving to Paris where he worked for Gand & Bernardel. Later, around the turn of the century, he set up his own workshop in the Rue de Paradis.

This bow comprises a slim, round pernambuco stick with a nickel mounted ebony frog. In the early days, nickel found some favour amongst bow makers, it was at that time an expensive metal and it was known to be tougher and more wear resistant than silver but, in the end, the brightness of the softer metal won the day, still, many fine French bows can be found with nickel fittings.

The bow provides a good grip on the strings whilst remaining very stable and smooth and producing a really powerful sound right up to the tip. It is a supple stick so allowing the player to explore many different sounds with a range of pressures or speeds. It is very clear and gives excellent, consistent bouncing for spiccato and sautillé.

This bow has sold. 526.