A French cello bow made, in our opinion, by Émile Auguste Ouchard in New York circa 1855
Celebrated French bow maker Émile Auguste Ouchard was born in Mirecourt in 1900 and died in Paris in 1969. He studied with his father Émile François Ouchard (1872-1951) at the famous Cuniot-Hury atelier in Mirecourt, which the elder Ouchard had taken over in 1910. In 1923, the Ouchards opened their own shop, which was highly productive for many years. In 1937, Émile August moved to Paris to establish his own business, then to the United States in 1946. He worked independently in New York for two years before taking a job at William Lewis & Son in Chicago for over a decade. During this time, Ouchard made annual trips to Paris, finally settling there in 1960. É. A. Ouchard's bows have won numerous awards, including the Grand Prix at the International Paris Exhibition in 1942. His sons Bernard and Jean-Claude also became noted bow makers. Émile Auguste Ouchard's bows are in high demand among professional players.
Sold with a certificate of authenticity from Salchow and Sons.