Cello Bow by Joseph Arthur Vigneron, Paris, circa 1900

Cello Bow by Joseph Arthur Vigneron, Paris, circa 1900

About Joseph Arthur Vigneron

Joseph Arthur Vigneron, often called Vigneron père, was born in Mirecourt in 1851. He was the stepson of the Mirecourt bow maker Claude Charles Nicolas Husson and apprenticed with him until Husson´s death in 1872. Vigneron père then worked for Jean-Joesph Martin in Mirecourt before moving to Paris in 1880.

After time spent working for the Gand and Bernardel firm, Vigneron set up his own workshop in Paris around 1888: his style becomes markedly more personal from this date onwards. Vigneron´s son André began to assist him around 1900, inheriting his father´s workshop upon the latter's death in 1905.

About the cello bow

The bow was made in Paris around 1900: by this time, Joseph Arthur's son André was assisting him in the workshop.

The round stick is of attractive pernambuco and measures 691 mm in length. The mounts are of silver and ebony and the bow bears the makers brand.

The bow weighs 77 grams.

How does it play?

This bow is so soloistic in how it plays. Whilst it is powerful, projecting and strong, it is in quieter passages that it shows itself, never yielding its utter quality. Everything that is played using it sounds both intentional and authoritative.


The bow has a repaired head where the grain had begun to lift and was caught before the damage could develop further. This is an issue which emerges from the orientation of the wood as opposed to a crack from an impact. The grain lift repair has been carried out by a leading bow restorer and the rest of the bow is in very good condition.


The bow comes with the certificate of Pierre Guillaume.

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