Silver-mounted French viola bow by André Richaume c.1950, 68.5g

André Richaume is one of the most sought-after French makers of the 20th century. He was apprenticed to Emile François Ouchard, then joined his uncle Victor Fétique in Paris before opening his own atelier there in 1923

This bow has been repaired at the head with a graft of carbon fibre and reinforced with silk. It is in good playing condition with its original parts and weighs 68.5g

Materials:

 

Stick: pernambuco (Paubrasilia echinata)

Mounts: silver, ebony (Diospyros spp)

Pearl: pink/green abalone (Haliotis spp)

Thumb band: goat leather (Capra hircus)

Lapping: silver tinsel

Face: Face: ivory (Elephantidae spp) original face, fitted pre1975