Eugene Sartory cello bow, Paris circa 1920.
Eugène Nicolas Sartory (1871 - 1946) was an exceptionally important and influential bow maker, today generally regarded as one of the finest bow makers of the first half of the 20th century. Born in Mirecourt, France, he studied bow making with his father, Joseph Eustache Sartory (1839 - 1902) in Mirecourt, before moving to Paris to work for Charles Peccatte and Alfred Lamy. In 1889, at the age of 18, Sartory established his own workshop, where he would experiment with innovative designs, including building a broader head and a thicker shaft, to achieve sturdier, stronger bows than those made by his predecessors in the traditional French bow making styles. Among the prominent musicians who favored the playing qualities of Sartorys bows was Belgian violin virtuoso Eugène Ysaÿe. To keep up with the growing demand for his bows, Sartory trained and employed some of the most promising makers in France, including Louis Morizot and Jules Fétique, who would become celebrated bow makers themselves. Known for their stability and superb handling, bows by Sartory are extremely sought after by professional players.
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