FranÃ§ois Nicolas Voirin violin bow, Paris circa 1880
Regarded as one of the most important bow makers in the history of bow making, FranÃ§ois Nicolas Voirin (1833â1885) began an apprenticeship at the age of twelve with Jean Simon in Mirecourt before moving to Paris in 1855 to join the famous workshop of his cousin, Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume. Voirin worked alongside Pierre Simon (1808â1881), another gifted bow maker from Mirecourt who had studied with Dominique Peccatte, copying Simonâs head styles and Vuillaumeâs frog designs, including the experimental âAlardâ style frog and âpictureâ bows.
In 1870, Voirin established his own workshop in Paris, where he developed his personal bow models. Although known as âthe modern Tourteâ during his lifetime, Voirinâs bows differed significantly from those of FranÃ§ois Tourte, departing from âhatchet headâ designs of Tourte, Peccatte, and Simon, experimenting instead with lighter models. Voirinâs bows were built with narrower heads, cambers oriented nearer to the tip, slimmer sticks, and they were highly admired for their elegance and agile playability. His style was highly influential with his students, including Charles Peccatte, Joseph Alfred Lamy (Lamy pÃ¨re), Louis and Claude Thomassin, and Charles Nicolas Bazin II. Voirinâs brother, Joseph Voirin (1837â1895), was also a respected bow maker who joined his business in 1875.
FranÃ§ois Nicolas Voirinâs bows are highly regarded and sought after by top string players and collectors.
Sold with a certificate of authenticy from Paul Childs.