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.
Sunday, 23 September 2018
Thursday, 19 July 2018
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 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
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!