Regarded as one of the greatest German makers of the 19th century, fifth generation bow maker Franz Albert Nürnberger (1854-1931) worked in Markneukirchen, where he built bows based on those of the acclaimed French maker, François Xavier Tourte. Franz Albert's model was further refined by his son, Carl Albert (1885-1971), who built and exported bows bearing the stamp "Albert Nürnberger" for the United States market.
Franz Albert Nurnberger | Octagonal | Ebony and gold fittings | 4/4
Norwegian-born Ole Kanestrom resides in Port Townsend, Washington, a town dubbed the "Mirecourt of American Bow Making," where he has practiced his craft since 1996.
Kanestrom studied bow making under Charles Espey and continued his education in restoration and conservation of historically significant bows with former shop-mate Paul Siefried.
Ole Kanestrom | Octagonal | Silver and ebony frog and button
A French cello bow made, in our opinion, by Pierre Simon in Paris circa 1870 and branded PECCATTE. Mounted in replica fittings by Stephen Salchow.
Among the most important French bow makers of the 19th century, Pierre Simon was born in Mirecourt in 1808 and died in Paris in 1881. After apprenticing in Mirecourt, he moved to Paris in 1838 to study with Dominique Peccatte. In 1840, Simon joined the workshop of Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, where he absorbed a wide variety of styles and models, including “self-rehairing” bows and “picture” bows. Simon established his own business around 1844, then took over the Peccatte workshop in 1848 and briefly partnered with another Peccatte disciple, Joseph Henry. Working independently after 1851, Simon continued to make violin bows for Vuillaume, as well as numerous other French ateliers, including Gand frères, Gand & Bernardel, George Chanot, and Bernardel et Fils. Extremely versatile in his making style, Simon built successful bows in various patterns and weights, which are very highly sought after.
Sold with a certificate of authenticity from Salchow and Sons.
Pierre Simon | Round | Later silver and ebony frog and button | 4/4