Violin Bow by Louis Morizot Père, Mirecourt
This violin bow has now sold.
About Louis Morizot PèreLouis Morizot was born in Darney in Eastern France in 1874 and moved to nearby Mirecourt in order to find work as a bow maker. In so doing, he founded a family dynasty which still survives today. He is often referred to as Morizot Père as one of his six sons was also named Louis.
Morizot Père learned his craft from the very best of the Mirecourt makers: after a period spent with Eugène Cuniot-Hury he went on to work for Charles Nicolas Bazin. If you are interested in comparing his work to those of the two earlier makers, a good comparison example for Cuniot-Hury can be found here and a similarly good example of C. N. Bazin can be found here.
Morizot left the Bazin workshop in 1914 and went to work for Eugène Sartory, perhaps the greatest bow maker of the twentieth century. Finally, Morizot set up his own workshop in 1919, bringing in his sons to assist him from around 1920. The workshop became prolific and highly successful and was carried on by his sons after Morizot Père´s death in 1957.
About the bowThis violin bow was made for the violin maker Louis Auguste Lagarenne and is stamped A. Lagarenne. The practice of making unstamped bows for shops and violin makers to sell with their own stamp was very common amongst many of the French bow makers.
The bow weighs 62g and the stick measures 730 mm in length. The mounts are of silver and ebony.
How does it play?This bow is very reliable, producing a fairly vibrant tone across a wide variety of different violins. It would be a particularly good match for an instrument which requires a bit of help to respond quickly.
ConditionThe bow is in excellent condition.
CertificationThe bow comes with the certificate of Pierre Guillaume.