Victor FÃ©tique cello bow, Paris circa 1925
One of the most influential bow makers at the turn of the 20th century, Victor FranÃ§ois FÃ©tique (1872â1933) was born in Mirecourt, France into a family of luthiers. Son of violin maker Charles-Claude FÃ©tique (1853â1911), Victor and his brother Jules (1875â1951) studied bow making in various Mirecourt workshops including those of Jean-Baptiste Husson, Sigisbert Fourrier Maline, and Paul Ãmile Miquel, before working for Charles Nicolas Bazin. Both brothers took jobs in Paris: Victor joined Caressa & FranÃ§ais in 1901 and Jules joined the workshop of EugÃ©ne Sartoryâs in 1902.
In 1913, Victor FÃ©tique established his own workshop where his son Marcel Gaston FÃ©tique (1899â1977) and his nephew AndrÃ© Richaume also trained as bow makers. Victor employed numerous celebrated bow makers, including Claude Thomassin, Louis Morizot, Auguste Toussaint, Claude RÃ©my, Paul Weidhaas, and AndrÃ© Vigneron (Vigneron fils), while also collaborating with his brother. FÃ©tiqueâs prolific workshop produced bows for many French violin makers and dealers who generally branded the bows with their own names, including LÃ©on Bernardel, Collin-MÃ©zin, Chanot & Chardon, Paul Jombar, Maucotel & Dechamp, and Alfred Vidoudez. FÃ©tique bows are highly regarded by professional players and collectors.
Sold with certificates of authenticity from Kenneth Warren and Son, Ltd and William Moennig & Son.Octagonal. Ebony and silver fittings. 4/4