A viola bow by ÉMILE AUGUSTE OUCHARD (1900-1969) Paris
Weight: 70.1 grams

Son of the highly-regarded bow maker Émile François Ouchard of Mirecourt, Émile Auguste Ouchard was a master maker whose bows are admired for their superb balance of strength and weight—qualities that are amply evident in this outstanding all-original bow. Émile Auguste began assisting his father in 1913 and left Mirecourt to open his first atelier in Paris in 1938. During the course of his long and distinguished career, Ouchard won the Grand Prix at the 1942 International Paris Exhibition, had several shops in Paris and New York, and took an exclusive position with the eminent Chicago firm of William Lewis & Son in 1948 before returning to France in 1960. Discerning violists will find this excellent Ouchard bow to be an ideal partner for all types of playing.

Photo: Matthew Tolzmann