Jean 'Grand' Adam cello bow
Jean 'Grand' Adam cello bow. The frog and button made by Joseph Henry
Third generation bow maker Jean "Grand" Adam (1823 - 1869) is one of the most distinctive and revered French makers of the 19th century. Carrying on the tradition of bow making from his grandfather, Jean Adam (fl. c. 1790 - 1820) and father, Jean Dominique (1795 - 1864), with whom he studied in Mirecourt, "Grand" Adam moved to Paris to work at Jean Baptiste Vuillaume's famous workshop in 1842. Adam's bow models show the influence of numerous makers, including his father, Joseph Fonclause, Pierre Simon, Dominique Peccatte, and primarily, François Tourte. Adam returned to Mirecourt in 1853, where he worked prolifically, and continued to build bows for Vuillaume, until the end of his short life. The frog and button of the cello bow offered here were made by Joseph Henry, a colleague who also worked for Vuillaume.
Sold with a certificate of authenticity from Salchow and Sons.