A French cello bow made, in our opinoin, by Victor FÃ©tique. The round stick is branded VIDOUDEZ GENEVE and mounted with the original ebony and silver fittings.
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 FÃ©tique (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 II. Both brothers took jobs in Paris: Victor joined Caressa & FranÃ§ais in 1901, and Jules joined EugÃ©ne Sartoryâs shop 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 occasionally collaborating with his brother. FÃ©tiqueâs prolific shop produced bows for many French violin firms who stamped the bows with their own brands, including LÃ©on Bernardel (such as the cello bow offered here), Collin-MÃ©zin, Chanot & Chardon, Paul Jombar, Maucotel & Dechamp, and Alfred Vidoudez. FÃ©tique bows are very highly regarded and sought after by professional players and collectors.
Sold with a certificate of authenticity from Jean Francois Raffin, Yannick Le Canu, and Sylvain Bigot