Monday, 14 January 2019

Enjoy an early Sartory in spring 2019!

Peter Hembrough bows are pleased and proud to offer two early rare bows by Eugene Sartory, both with some damage so possible for the working violinist!   Dating from 1893 and 1895 complete with certificates from Jean-Francois Raffin of Paris they are truly a delight to use.

  The earlier bow is clearly very close in design to his mentor of this time Joseph Lamy pere although the choice of pernambuco is quintessentially Sartory.  It is rare to see bows made by him so early as he would have been in his early twenties, of course the great thing about early bows is that he made them and not the group that worked for him once he became so successful.   

Note that the later bow is in Vuillaume style, wonderful and super rare, in thirty years as a bow dealer I have only seen three.  I was involved in selling the ex Szigeti example in the U S A a few years ago, it sold for $28,000.   

Do get in touch if you have a love for Sartory, Happy New Year!

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Stunning early Lafleur bow stays for three days before being sold.

Here is a wonderful example of one of the very best early makers Joseph Rene Lafleur.

   Made around 1830 there is something magical about the best bows from this period in that the makers are aware of the dominance of the great Francois Xavier Tourte, he is at this point still making and a major influence in Paris, he died in 1835.
   At the same time each great maker is searching to find  their own model, often a variant on Tourte.  At first sight some of these concepts may seem not to be aesthetically perfect, thinking of say Persoit.  This is of course an error, we must just train our eyes to understand more, once the initial ignorance has lifted thus great beauty is encountered.  Ignorance is a dangerous presence when studying bows and makers output!
  This bow is travelling next week to its lucky new owner, a recitalist and quartet leader in northern Spain, he shall enjoy the companionship of a superb and extremely rare bow in his musical endeavours and I wish him, and the bow well.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

A fine Dominique Peccatte arrives from France circa 1860

   Just over the last year or so sales behind the scenes have often been of earlier makers, notably F. X. Tourte and Persoit.  Today I am delighted to announce the arrival of this very fine Dominique Peccatte bow, complete with a certificate from Jean-Francois Raffin.  Details shall soon be in the fine bows section, what a delight to see his characteristic 'S' shape to the front ridge on the head in the photograph to the right.


  As I have done over the last ten years if you look in the fine bows section you shall see several bows have new 'summer sale' prices!   Also be aware very fine violins are available and a couple of very high specification Musafia cases are here for the discerning violinist....Happy Summer!

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Although a bow dealer I do often find first class instruments for violinist, most recently a superb Hannibale Fagnola.  Here for instance, is the most attractive Eugenio Degani I have ever seen, in first class condition.  Surely any serious violinist would be delighted to play on such an instrument.   It is available to try in a custom made recital hall in the Cotswolds area along with the other instruments in my violin section.   Price?  £58,000 but with a built in easy payment scheme.  It is always such a relief for a violinist when they have found their ideal violin, a fine Degani is tough to beat! 

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Happy 2018

Happy new year to all who visit Peter Hembrough bows.  
Here is a rare and beautiful item from Victor Fetique's shop on Rue Myrha in Paris.  He moved into this shop in 1913 and stayed there until his death in 1933.  Just the thing to keep your treasured Fetique in when not in use. 

 Just like today Fetique was concerned to keep these travel cases for bows as small as possible  in order that full size bows could travel in safety when being delivered to new owners.  To do this Fetique undid the button and then screwed it into the now slightly moved frog adjacent to the handle, this saved about eight millimetres in length.   Today this is a rare and much prized item.


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Ten year celebration P H bows Musafia cases arrive

To mark the ten year celebration of Peter Hembrough bows two top specification Musafia cases have arrived.  I have had a long and happy relationship with this case company and we together decided to design a Musafia just for this occasion, unlike any other and with their own certification.  Rare to the UK due to worldwide demand I am delighted they are here for the discerning musician to buy at £1,650.   Weighing just 2.6k they are wonderfully light but massively strong and if you cherish your violin and bows I cannot think of a better case to protect them during transit.   If you are keen then contact quickly because whenever I stock Musafia I dont have them for long.....although it is my ten year anniversary I have been selling fine french bows for a shocking forty years this year!

Monday, 1 May 2017

1670 Francesco Rugeri

Here is the most delightful Cremonese violin by the great Francesco Rugeri.  When you have the opportunity to help people buy instruments of this calibre all you can do is smile!  The table on this violin is of special note given its tremendous patina.  It has a large personality when played and it reminds you of a very fine Italian car in that when you put your foot down on the accelerator there is plenty of power in reserve.