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Cello Bow

François Nicolas

Voirin

Cello Bow

Made in Paris

c.1880

Stamped F.N.Voirin à Paris

78.2g

A very fine silver and ebony mounted cello bow by François Nicolas Voirin of Paris, France.

Round stick, made of rich orange-coloured pernambuco.The bow is in very good condition, and comes with a certificate from Bernard Millant.
History & Provenance
Born 1833, Mirecourt, began an apprenticeship in his hometown aged 12. 10 years later, he travelled to Paris where he joined his cousin's workshop; the cousin in question was none other than Jean Baptiste Vuillaume.

He worked with Vuillaume for 15 years, their relationship tested by their creative personalities often clashing. In spite of their differences, Voirin adopted a lot of the design principles of the Vuillaume workshop and later became Vuillaume's Director of Bow Making. J.B.V. clearly respected Voirin's work as he would regularly show it off, going so far as to request that Voirin install a micro-photo of him between semi-transparent mother-of-pearl lenses in the frog.

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François Nicolas

Voirin

Made in Paris

c.1880

Stamped F.N.Voirin à Paris

78.2g

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