Cello Bows $7,500 and above

François Nicolas Voirin

A fine cello bow by François Nicolas Voirin from c. 1880. The octagonal stick is of round chocolate brown pernambuco, and is mounted with an ebony frog that has a medium pearl eye. The three part divided adjuster is in ebony and silver. The weight of the bow is 79.1 grams, and it has a suppleness that allows the bow to fully engage the string and shape phrases easily. This bow is accompanied by a certificate written by the Parisian bow expert Jean-Francois Raffin in 2005.

Marie Louis Piernot

This supple cello bow was made by Marie Lois Piernot for the Parisian shop of Leon Bernadel, and it bears the stamp of Bernardel on the handle. He had earlier worked with both Charles Bazin and Vigneron pere. This bow dates from circa 1925, and is accompanied by a certificate from the Parisian bow expert Jean-Francois Raffin.

Eugene Sartory

This bow has been sold.

This cello bow by Eugene Sartory was made in Paris c. 1920 at the height of his career. The round stick is mounted with an ebony frog that has a rounded heel. The frog is trimmed in silver and has a medium Parisian eye. The adjuster is silver capped, the solid cap being a feature of his work after 1910.

Malcolm Taylor

Malcom Taylor was one of the leading bow makers at the W. E. Hill & Sons workshop in London from 1949 to 1973, after which he made bows under his own name near Barnstaple in Devon.

This beautiful cello bow, made for Hill in 1959, is mounted in gold and tortoise shell, with an inlaid fleur-de-lis on the frog. The three part divided adjuster is in gold and pearl.

William Watson

One of the finest bow makers to have been in the employ of the W. E Hill firm of London. He learned the trade there from William Retford, one of the most respected English bow makers. Watson joined Hill in 1945 and continued making bows for Hill's for seventeen years, until establishing his own shop in Buckinghamshire in 1962. The cello bow that we offer is mounted in ebony and gold, and is very supple and well balanced. In pristine condition, it is the work of a maker at the pinnacle of his craft.

This link leads to a wonderful tribute to Watson's career that appeared in Strings magazine: http://www.allthingsstrings.com/layout/set/print/Instruments/HISTORY2/Celebrating-an-Artisan-of-the-String-World-Old-No.-7-Brand