A French violin bow made, in our opinion, by Joseph Arthur Vigneron in Paris circa 1900 bearing the maker's brand stamp and mounted in ebony and silver fittings.
Sold with certificates of authenticity from Paul Childs and Pierre Guillaume.
A highly important French bow maker of the 19th century, Joseph Arthur Vigneron ("Vigneron père" 1851–1905) was born in Mirecourt, France, where he studied with his stepfather Claude Nicolas Husson until 1872, then worked in the workshop of Jean-Joseph Martin. In 1880, Vigneron moved to Paris to work for Gand & Bernardel, before establishing his own business in 1888. Vigneron is known for his prolific output of a variety of bow designs as he experimented with both octagonal and round sticks; cambres and weights of sticks, frogs, and tips; and incorporated influences of both the Bazin and Vuillaume workshops, before developing his own personal models. With Lucien Capet, a French violin virtuoso, pedagogue, and author of the 1890 publication "Superior Bowing Technique," Vigneron designed a new bow model weighted toward the frog with a lower center of gravity—a line of bows he branded "modele Lucien Capet."
As the Vignerons were closely associated by marriage with the Sartory family in Mirecourt, Vigneron's son André ("Vigneron fils" 1881–1924) apprenticed in the workshop of Joseph Eustache Sartory—father of Eugène Sartory, who would become one of the world's greatest bow makers, and whose work would display influences of Vigneron. Around 1899, André Vigneron returned to Paris, where he collaborated with his father very successfully for many years, before taking over the business in 1905.