A French violin bow made, in our opinion, by Prosper Colas circa 1890 bearing the maker's full brand stamp and mounted in ebony and silver fittings.
Firm information about Prosper Colas' early life and training is not forthcoming, but it seems that he was born in Coincourt and apprenticed locally before arriving in Paris in 1871, probably to work for J.B. Vuillaume. Regardless of who may have employed him initially, bows branded with Colas' own name can be found as early as 1871. Sometime after his arrival he appears to have started his own shop, which was prolific and successful, peaking around 1900. The workshop employed several talented makers and used various models, though on the whole the most significant influence was that of Bazin.
Vuillaume-style frogs are common in Colas' work, as well as high and straight heads, and wider throats. After 1900 the style becomes heavier but the work is still of good quality. Many of the workshop's bows were sold to other firms, sometimes with Colas' brand, "Prosper Colas à Paris," and sometimes not. For simpler bows, he used the brand "P.C."
Sold with a certificate of authenticy from William Salchow, 1990