J.T.L fine bows for violin are inspired by some of the most highly-respected archetiers from the French tradition. The JTLBV1 bow is crafted in the style of Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume. The JTLBV2 is crafted in the style of Dominique Peccatte. The JTLBV3 is crafted in the style of Eugene Sartory.
This beautiful range of bows are haired with premium-quality horsetail and feature fully mounted frogs cut from fine Ebony and hand-finished with ‘925’ sterling silver fittings.
Each J.T.L. bow is handmade under the supervision of a Master Archetier in Suzhou, China and is supplied in a presentation box with a certificate of authenticity.
STICK: High Quality Pernambuco / Paubrasilia echinata
ARCHETIER: Supervised by Master Archetier, Suzhou, China
FROG: Fully Silver Mounted, Burmese Ebony
SLIDE: Mother of Pearl
FERRULE: Solid Silver
TIP: Vuillaume Style
WINDING: 925 Silver Lapping
SCREW: Silver & Ebony with Mother of Pearl Button
EYE: Parisian Eye. Silver Ring with Mother of Pearl
HAIR: Premium Horsehair
BOW WEIGHT: 62/63g
About Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume:
Multi Award-Winning Luthier and bow dealer, Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume was born into a family of luthiers in 1798 in Mirecourt, France: the later home of the Thibouville-Lamy company.
In the 1820s Vuillaume started to work with a well-regarded workshop in Paris and just a few years later was making celebrated imitations of old master’s instruments, winning a silver medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1827. Over the following three decades, Vuillaume’s own workshop at 46 Rue Croix de Petits-Champs became extremely influential in Europe, thanks in no small part to his purchase of 144 instruments made by the Italian Masters, 25 of which were Stradivari instruments, and one of which was the now legendary ‘Messiah Stradivarius’. He meticulously studied all these instruments and created remarkable copies of them, which are now celebrated classics in their own right.
Throughout the 19th century, Vuillaume worked with countless bowmakers too, creating many famous and influential pieces stamped ‘Vuillaume à Paris’.
About Dominique Peccatte:
Dominique Peccatte, born 1810, was an apprentice luthier in Mirecourt, France and by the age of 17 found his way into the workshops of the master Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume. During his decade of working with Vuillaume, Peccatte studied with Jean Pierre Marie Persois and also met Francois Tourte – the maker whose ‘hatchet-shaped’ bow tip he would ultimately adapt to great effect.
Peccatte famously also taught and collaborated with Joseph Henry and Pierre Simon.
Peccatte bows were a little more sturdy than other French bows of the era, and although not quite as flexible as his peer’s creations, his weightier constructions allowed the musician to obtain greater volume and rich articulation, well suited to the concert halls of the time – and still in great demand to this day.
About Eugene Sartory:
Eugene Nicolas Sartory, born 1871 in Mirecourt, France first apprenticed with his Father as a bow-maker but went on to work with Charles Peccatte (Dominique Peccatte’s nephew) and Joseph Alfred Lamy, or ‘Père Lamy’ as he was often known.
In 1889, Sartory set up his own workshops where he developed his now famous bow-style. A heavier, strongly built bow with a slightly wider head and shaft section which provided great stability and reliable handling. These bows were built consistently for decades and became universally recognised for their quality and playability by musicians of all types.