August Barbe Violin Bow, Paris, France c1890

A silver mounted pernambuco violin bow by August Barbe made for Gand & Bernardel violin shop, made in Paris, France, late 19th century, circa 1890. In excellent condition, 57.8 grams, with Guillaume certificate.

"I personally love bows by August Barbé. They have a similar feel to late FN Voirin bows, yet always with a more fortified feel that allows for power playing. It has all of the nimbleness of a 20th century bow. If you're looking for a bow that possesses all of the qualities for subtle delicate playing, balanced with enough power and focus in a more affordable pricepoint than Voirin, Barbé is your maker." -Thomas Yee

Historical information on Barbé:

Auguste Barbé (1853-1902) was a French Archetier (bowmaker). Mathias Théophile Auguste Barbé son of Dominique Barbé and first cousin of Télesphore Barbé, completed his apprenticeship in Mirecourt, presumably under C.N. BAZIN as did many of his contemporaries. Around 1880 Barbé began to work for GAND & BERNARDEL frères before joining their Parisian workshop in 1886, the year during which the firm became GAND & BERNARDEL. Auguste BARBÉ spent 10 years with this important and influential firm, developing a style which came close to that of François Nicolas Voirin. In around 1896/1897 Barbé returned to Mirecourt where he opened his own workshop at 1 rue Chanot. His bows satisfy the needs of the contemporary musician; strong, agile, and quick, with a complex and desirable tone.

August Barbe Violin Bow, Paris, France c1890