A Rare and Exquisite Quartet of Bows by DOMINIQUE PECCATTE (1810-1874)

We are honored to be able to offer an extraordinary and rare quartet of all-original bows by the legendary Dominique Peccatte. For a string quartet, this quartet by the great master presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all members of the ensemble to have bows with magnificent playing qualities and abundant strength that are exceptionally well matched in their capabilities.

One of the greatest of bow makers, Peccatte was born in Mirecourt, a major center of French bow-making, and likely had some training there before being selected by François Vuillaume to go to Paris to work in the shop of his brother, the illustrious dealer and maker J. B. Vuillaume. There Peccatte worked under master bowmaker Jean Pierre Marie Persoit. Peccatte left Vuillaume in 1838 to take over the shop of François Lupot after his death. During the course of his long career, Peccatte was able to combine his extraordinary gift for bow making with a savvy business acumen that brought him wide recognition and success.

Among the very best violin, viola, and cello bows by the master that we have seen, this quartet of Peccatte bows would be a spectacular and unique acquisition as well as an outstanding investment for any aspiring or accomplished string quartet, distinguished collector, or gifted artists. Peccatte’s bows were among the most coveted by professionals during the maker’s lifetime and remain highly sought after today: a testament to his enduring genius.

A magnificent violin bow, the “Balacovic”

An exceptional violin bow

An extraordinary viola bow

A superb cello bow

Photo: Matthew Tolzmann