Ifshin Violins

by Richard Ward

When knowledgeable musicians and experts think of fine bows, more often than not, France comes to mind as the country of origin for the best and most important. Fine bows are being made all over the world, especially here in the U.S (see our article on Morgan Andersen). Yet, when you think of the history of bow-making, the names Tourte, Peccatte, Sartory and many others usually are the first to come to mind. Today there are many great bow makers all over France and not just in Paris but in other major cities as well as more rural areas. For the last few years, we have offered the fine bows of Jacques and Monique Poullot. Recently, we became their exclusive U.S. agents. We are very proud to be able to offer their violin, viola and cello bows.

When he was only 16, Jacques Poullot began studying bow making with the great Bernard Ouchard who taught many of the best French "Archetiers" working today. After three years with Ouchard in Mirecourt, Poullot worked the firm of A & P Claudot before opening his own workshop in 1983. His work has won awards at several competitions. In addition to making fine bows, Jacques does bow restorations on fine old bows for several of the most important violin dealers in France.

Monique Poullot was trained by her husband and has become a highly skilled maker in her own right. For many years she has made fine bows under her own name. Because she has not yet received the same recognition as her husband, her bows are offered at a lower price and represent an unusually good value.

The Poullots have been able to work in the small picturesque town of Chedde, away from the fast pace and noise of Paris. In this tranquil setting they are able to produce the finest bows that have been enjoyed by our clients for the past few years. We invite you to try these fine bows. Contact us for information.