*NO LONGER AVAILABLE OR SOLD* Listing for Archive & Info Purposes Only Please check violin bow inventory for current offerings, c1865 FN Voirin available soon. 59.5 grams. A superb all original rouns silver mounted bow by François Nicolas Voirin (1833–1885) who was known in his time as the "Modern Tourte." This example is in great condition and plays like an extension of the arm and hand. It is accompanied by a Raffin certificate. F.N. Voirin (the son of a gardener) was born in ParisFrance, the brother of Joseph Voirin (also a talented bowmaker) and cousin to Jean Baptiste Vuillaume. At age of 12, he served his apprenticeship in Mirecourt, with Jean SIMON, brother of Nicolas SIMON, also known as SIMON FR, and later worked in the workshop of Vuillaume from 1855 to 1870 where he succeeded Nicolas Maline and revolutionized bow design and construction. After his tenure at the Vuillaume shop, he established his own business at 3 rue du Bouloi, Paris, where he worked until his sudden death. He was a prolific maker and is generally regarded as the most important bowmaker of the second half of the 19th century. His bows are of superb quality. Voirin produced a radically different bow from François Tourte; Slimmer head; the camber moved closer to head, yielding a stronger stick and reducing the thickness of the shaft especially at the heel. Primarily, Voirin made bows with the Vuillaume-style frog. The micro-photos of Vuillaume were placed mainly in bows by Voirin using the Stanhope lens. Voirin taught Charles Peccatte (1850–1920), son of François Peccatte as well as others including Joseph Alfred Lamy also known as Lamy père, Louis and Claude Thomassin, and Charles Nicolas Bazin. Voirin was one of the great makers of the 19th century along with his predecessors François Tourte, Dominique Peccatte, Jean Pierre Marie Persois, and Etienne Pajeot. Though the earlier bows of Voirin were stamped with the Vuillaume brand, his later work bears his own stamp, F.N.Voirin. "François Nicolas Voirin has had a lasting effect and influence over many generations of bowmakers."
Francois Nicolas Voirin, Paris, 1880 Ex-Millant Collection