Very rare, superb old German viola bow by C.W Knopf, ca. 1830

An very rare, superb old German viola bow made by Christian Wilhelm Knopf ca. 1830. C.W. Knopf was one of the most interesting and finest old German masters. His work has a lots of similarities with French contemporaries like Schwartz or Fonclause. This is an outstanding, one of the most beautiful examples. It is in a very fine, unpolished state of preservation. The stick is superb red brown pernambuco, octagonal, strong with excellent flexibility, solo level sound and handling. The frog and button are ebony with silver mountings. The length of the stick is 73.25 cm and the weight of the bow is 63 g with very light whale bone winding. The weight of this bow with a regular silver winding will be around 68 g. This bow is highly recommended for a fine musician or a demanding collector.

Certificates: A. Gartsman violins

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Country of Origin



C.W. Knopf


1800 – 1850

Price Range

$20,000 – $35,000

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