Jean-Joseph Martin, Mirecourt, France c. 1880

A remarkable silver mounted cello bow made by Jean-Joseph (JJ) Martin in a personal model, stamped with the trade name Guarini. The frog is Vuillaume style, and the pernambuco stick has a nimble and supple initial feeling, with an overall a strong and resilient. The bow generally brings out colorful, wide, and ample tone. This 78 gram bow represents the best qualities of the Vuillaume school bowmakers (Peccatte, Simon, Voirin, etc) in the most affordable package available. The bow has certification from Salchow and Sons

Historical information about

Jean-Joseph Martin (1837-1910)

Born in Mirecourt , Jean-Joseph Martin began his apprenticeship early to provide financial support to his family after his father's premature death. At 21, he moved to Paris to work for Jean Baptiste Vuillaume, lacking funds to travel there by coach. He walked the 230 miles over 10 days. An eager and competent craftsman, his Vuillaume-model bows of this period quickly became among the best ever produced for the firm. .

In 1863 Martin returned to Mirecourt to start his own workshop, with an abundance of skill and meager financial means. The shop was especially active after 1870, when Martin began to hire assistants and sold bows to the Mennesson and Thibouville-Lamy firms through a cooperative he established in 1875. Many of the Mennesson bows are on a Vuillaume model, with rounded heads, and are branded, "J. Guarini." Joseph Arthur Vigneron was among the more celebrated makers who assisted him. Unfortunately the business floundered in 1880, and Martin lost both his shop and his home. His perseverance willed him to continue making bows of unstintingly high quality with his habitual brand, "J. Martin," until his death in 1910.

Jean-Joseph Martin, Mirecourt, France c. 1880