English viola bow by James Dodd, ca. 1850

A rare, superb old English viola bow made by James Dodd ca. 1850, branded “J. DODD” on the stick above the frog. James Dodd was a very interesting and fine old master. Hi was very creative and sometimes innovating bow maker. His bows, specially for viola and cello are among the best and favorites in the world of fine musicians. This is a wonderful example, one of the most beautiful in a superb state of preservation. It is also an outstanding, solo level sounding and handling viola bow. The stick is pernambuco, round, strong with a finest flexibility, excellent balance and very interesting sound. The frog and button are ebony with silver mountings. The length of the stick is 71.9 cm and the weight of the bow is 71 g with silver winding. This bow is highly recommended for a soloist or a very demanding collector.

Certificates: A. Gartsman violins

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James Dodd


1800 – 1850

Price Range

$20,000 – $35,000

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