A superb viola bow by EUGÈNE NICOLAS SARTORY (1871-1946) Paris

A prodigy in bow making, Eugène Sartory set up his personal studio when he was just eighteen years old. Over his remarkable half-century-long career, he never ceased to impress musicians and fellow makers with his steady and consistent production of the highest quality. In fact, his bows are among the most sought after by prominent artists around the world. The legendary violinist Eugène Ysaÿe commissioned several bows from the maker. Influenced by both Voirin and Lamy, Sartory bows are well balanced and even with abundant strength.

This viola bow is inscribed on the under side of the ferrule dedicating it to his friend, violin maker Amati Mangenot. The bow is crafted with exquisite precision and plays as perfectly as it looks. It is in mint condition and is accompanied by certifications by Millant, Raffin, Salchow and Sons, and Bein & Fushi.

Photo: Matthew Tolzmann