Ifshin Violins
Rare & Fine Instruments

The Ifshin Collection of Fine Bows

Over the years, Jay Ifshin has acquired many fine bows from the most skilled contemporary makers and has kept some of the best for his personal collection. He has recently put several particularly nice bows from his collection on sale. This in addition to an already spectacular selection of fine bows makes now an excellent time to upgrade your bow!

A.Lamy á Paris

A.Lamy á Paris

One of the premiere figures in Parisian bow making of the late 19th and early 20th  centuries, Lamy studied with Husson and Voirin before setting up his own shop in Paris in 1885. His work was in such demand that he never had to make bows for others like most other makers of the time. This bow is an exceptional example by this master and is in excellent condition.

Victor Fetique

Victor Fetique

Paris. Several examples. Fetique 19040 Victor Fetique was an exceptionally talented bowmaker, and winner of the coveted prize, "One of the Best Crafsmen of France." Originally from Mirecourt, he apprenticed with the Husson family and Charles Nicolas Bazin, before working with the newly opened Parisian firm, Caressa & Francais, in 1901. While there he worked side by side with another great archetier, Claude Thomassin. By 1913 he set up his own shop and before long started supplying large numbers of bows to the musical community of Paris, and beyond. His best work was made personally, with the assistance of great makers such as his younger brother, Jules Fetique. He trained or hired bowmakers such as his son, Marcel Fetique, Paul Weidhaas, Louis Morizot Sr., and Andre Richaume, among others. Because of his dependable quality, his bows are in high demand by top level musicians. His bows are characterized by their unwavering strength and flexibility, at once clear in tone and rich with color. They are consistently easy to play, handling the versatile technical demands of concert musicians. We are delighted to have 2 of his bows right now, both of which are accompanied by a Raffin certificates. They exemplify all the playing qualities that have given Victor Fetique his great reputation.

Stamped Gand and Bernardel frères - Possibly Claude Thomassin

Stamped Gand and Bernardel frères - Possibly Claude Thomassin

Paris. A well respected expert, Charles Nicholas Eugène Gand had royal appointments to the courts of Belgium and Spain, and oversaw the manufacturing and sales of excellent bows and instruments. Eugène Gand established Gand & Bernardel frères in 1866, after his brother, Charles Adolph Gand passed away. They continued producing fine instruments and bows, contracting with many of the finest bowmakers in France, including Justin Poirson, Arthur Vigneron, and Claude and Louis Thomassin. Thomassin's distinctive style during the late 19th century was heavily influenced by his first master, C.N. Bazin. This bow is perfectly balanced, producing a rich, "old tone" on any cello.

John Dodd

London. Frog by W.E. Hill & Sons

W.E. Hill & Sons

W.E. Hill & Sons

Edgar Bishop & Arthur Copley.
For over 100 years, W.E. Hill & Sons was synonymous with superb quality. Between the World Wars, the Hill shop ramped up production and made thousands of excellent bows, solidifying their reputation as the standard bearers of English bowmaking. They had several fine craftsmen working in assembly, wherein one maker would frequently make the frog, and another, the stick. This bow is no exception. Brought to the Hill sales room in 1947, the bow was likely made before the start of World War II as a collaboration. Edgar Bishop, one of the best archetiers in the workshop, made the stick, while Arthur Copley made the frog. By dividing the labor in this manner, the Hill's could ensure rapid production while maintaining the highest quality. This bow is consistent with the unrivaled standards set by the shop: It is strong and easy to play with a clear and robust tone, all the while being visually attractive. It is a classic example of the inter-war period in very good condition

Guillaume á Bruxelles

Guillaume á Bruxelles

Gold and silver mounted examples. Pierre Guillaume has become one of the best known and important bow makers in the World. He studied with makers like Morizot, Bazin and Ouchard in Mirecourt. He also operates the famous Maison Bernard in Brussels. We are delighted to be able to offer these fine bows.

Morgan Andersen

Morgan Andersen

Available in gold/ebony and silver/ebonyCheck out this article on Morgan Andersen

Roger Lotte

Mirecourt, gold/ebony

W.D. Watson

London, gold and ebony mounted