Viola bow by François Lotte

Viola bow by François Lotte

About François Lotte

François Lotte was the son of violin maker Georges Lotte and was born and brought up in Mirecourt. Like so many of the great bow makers of this period, Lotte began his apprenticeship in the workshop of C.N. Bazin.

After his time with Bazin, Lotte then worked for the great Eugène Cuniot-Hury for three years before setting up his own workshop in 1926. Interestingly, Lotte was married to Marguerite Ouchard, sister of Emil Auguste: a small world indeed!

About the bow

This viola bow was made by François Lotte for the violin shop run by Paul Hilaire. The bow weighs 67 grams and the pernambuco stick is round in cross section. The mounts are of silver and ebony.

How does it play?

The bow has a powerful, focussed sound whilst not being overly strong as a stick.


The bow is in very good condition with a small repair to the players side cheek of the head, adjacent to the faceplate. It is stamped Paul Hilaire above the frog on the player side.

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