Violin Bow by Eugène Sartory, Paris, circa 1930

Violin Bow by Eugène Sartory, Paris, circa 1930

About Eugène Sartory

Eugène Nicholas Sartory was born in Mirecourt in 1871. He was the son of a bowmaker, with whom he served his first apprenticeship. The young Sartory was evidently something of a child prodigy: after moving to Paris to learn under Charles Pecatte and then Alfred Lamy père, Sartory set up his own Parisian workshop at the tender age of 18!

French bow making in the nineteenth century falls into two separate parts: the golden age of the soloist-quality bows by Pecatte, Pajeot, Henri et al., followed by the subsequent reimagining of the bow by F.N. Voirin. The bows of Voirin, Lamy and their contemporaries tend to be lighter and less substantial: Sartory took the new model and made it a little more solid, consistently producing soloist-quality French bows once more.

Eugène Sartory died in 1946, having firmly established himself as one of the greatest bowmakers of the twentieth century.

About the bow

This bow was made in Paris around 1930. It weighs 61.5 grams and the round stick measures 731 mm in length. The mounts are of silver and ebony and the pernambuco is of excellent quality.

How does it play?

This is my favourite kind of Sartory: slightly more flexible than the strongest of the sticks I have tried. It draws out an enormous sound and projects very well, offering excellent clarity to a slightly less focussed violin. The bow works brilliantly and is a must-try for anyone shopping for a nice French violin bow.


It is in extremely good condition and bears the maker´s stamp under the protective leather.


The bow comes with a 1962 William Lewis and Son of Chicago certificate.

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