Ifshin Violins
The Ifshin Collection
of Fine Viola Bows
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!

More than 5,000

Eugene Sartory

Eugene Sartory

ex Geraldine Walther

Sartory is arguably the greatest bowmaker of the 20th century. He began his training with Charles Peccatte, later working with Alfred Lamy, who greatly inspired his work. Sartory set up on his own in 1889, already having established a reputation as an excellent maker among his peers. Even before World War I his reputation had grown so much that he hired several assistants, including Hermann Prell and Otto Hoyer. After the Great War he hired as assistants such fine archetiers as Jules Fetique, Louis Morizot, and Louis Gillet. By having such fine assistants, he was able produce bows to satisfy the ever growing demand for his work, always finishing and perfecting the bows personally. This viola bow is an excellent example of his work, and belonged to the longtime principal violist of the San Francisco Symphony, Geraldine Walther. It draws a rich and colorful tone, and is exceptionally easy to handle, facilitating all the technical demands of a world-class violist.

Jean-Jacques Millant

Jean-Jacques Millant

One of the finest archetiers after World War II, Jean-Jacques Millant studied with the Morizot family from 1946-1948 before working with his father and uncle, Roger and Max Millant. Setting up on his own in 1950, Millant developed a fine reputation, eventually being awarded the title of "One of the Best Craftsmen of France" in 1970. Weighing 66.3 g, this bow is of dense wood. It is strong and nuanced in how it handles, perfect for the wide technical demands of viola soloists. It is accompanied by a Raffin certificate.

Morizot Freres branded Conet a Lyon

Morizot Freres branded Conet a Lyon

The Morizot brothers were remarkably productive, able to make 5 or 6 bows of good quality a day. The five brothers were all trained by their father, Louis Morizot Sr., a student of the great Eugene Sartory. Around 1937 the sons took over control of the workshop, still working alongside their father. The five brothers worked in an assembly line style, wherein the tasks of roughing out the sticks, making the frogs, finishing and cambering the sticks, were all divided equally. They made bows for various violin makers throughout France and beyond, and many of their bows are branded with the names of these dealer makers. This bow is branded Conet, who was the most important maker in Lyon. Made around 1950, at the height of their abilities, the bow is strong and balanced. It is accompanied by a Millant certificate from 2005.

Christian Barthe

Christian Barthe

One of the finest contemporary Parisian makers, Barthe has won prizes in various competitions, including in 2016 in Paris for a viola bow. After studying violin for several years, Barthe embarked on his bowmaking career at the young age of 16, apprenticing with Gilles Duahuat. He perfected his skills with Stephane Thomachot and Jean-Jacques Millant. Since 1997 he has been working in Paris, where he continues to seek the advice of the inimitable Bernard Millant. Barthe’s work is reminiscent of historic French making, yet possesses distinct characteristics all his own. The bows are remarkably responsive and supple, drawing a warm, clean sound. They are excellent for any young musician seeking a fabulous modern bow at a reasonable price.

Morgan Andersen

Morgan Andersen

Check out our article on this important maker. Many fine examples both gold and silver mounted.

The bow pictured here is one of the fine silver-mounted bows we have available.

Morgan won top prize for his violin bow in the prestigious instrument and bow making competition in Paris: The 2011 "Councours de Lutherie Etienne Vatelot". 

Walter Barbiero

Walter Barbiero

Barbiero18788 Originally trained as a violist, Barbiero's passion for woodworking led him into bow making. One of the few Italian bow makers of great reputation, he has trained with such masters like Christian Barthe, Nelly Poidevin and Alfredo Clemente. He has also made bows for some of the most important musicians of our day. These bows were made for the VSA competitions of 2014 and 2016, and are robust and vibrant, drawing a clear, ringing tone.

J.B.Aniano

J.B.Aniano

New York. Beginning on his own in 1978, Aniano continued studying bowmaking with William Salchow in the early 1980s. Since 2002 he has worked with the renowned Yung Chin, whom Aniano considers his principal teacher and mentor. He won prizes at the VSA, including gold medal for a cello bow in 2006 and a viola bow in 2010. This bow is his personal model, inspired by Pajeot. The stick is flexible and strong and draws a clean and focused tone.

Douglas Raguse

Douglas Raguse

Cedar, Michigan. One of the best American bowmakers, Raguse has made over 1100 bows. He studied with Lloyd Liu and Bill Salchow before setting up on his own in Chicago, and later in Michigan. He has won a dozen awards at various competitions, including gold medal at the VSA in 1980. This bow is a fine example of Raguse's work.