Fine bows and violins set for Christie’s Paris sale



2015-06-26 10:57:44

Fine bows and violins set for Christie’s Paris sale

Christie’s forthcoming Fine Musical Instruments sale in Paris will include classical stringed instruments and a collection of superb bows made by the world’s finest artisans.

In particular, two names stand out - François Xavier Tourte and Jean Baptiste Vuillaume.

Tourte was a revolutionary craftsman whose designs helped 19th century musicians develop a new style of performing. His bows allowed musicians to play a far more varied repertoire and perform in larger venues, changing the very nature of classical performance.

Vuillaume followed on from Tourte, using his ideas and techniques to create world class bows. His use of the finest materials and craftsmen meant his bows were often as treasured by musicians as the instruments they were used to play.

The sale will offer a gold and ivory-mounted violin bow produced by Vuillaume in Paris circa 1849, valued at $70,000-120,000 and a gold and tortoiseshell-mounted violin bow by Tourte, circa 1820, valued at $150,000 - $250,000.

Alongside the bows, the auction will include a wealth of classical instruments from makers such as Domenico Montagnana, Pietro Giovanni Guarneri and Nicolas Lupot. Highlights include:

  • A Domenico Montagnana Venetian violin circa 1740, valued at $200,000 - $300,000
  • A Pietro Giovanni Guarneri Mantuan violin valued at $250,000 - $350,000
  • A Nicolas Lupot French violin, believed to have once belonged to the German composer Ludwig Spohr, valued at $60,000 - $80,000
  • A Antonio Emilio Pascual Viudes classical guitar from Buenos Aires circa 1924, valued at $15,000 - $25,000

The sale is set to take place in Paris on April 26.


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