Paris. Several examples.
Victor Fetique was an exceptionally talented bowmaker, and winner of the coveted prize, "One of the Best Craftsmen 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.