Nicolas Maire violin bow, Mirecourt circa 1845
Nicolas Rémy Maire (b.1800. d.1878) was a 19th-century French archetier from Mirecourt. He trained at the workshop of Jacques Lafleur and was said to have apprenticed to Étienne Pajeot, both of whom were renowned bow makers. In 1826, he established his own firm and hired several employees despite financial instability.
He was a prolific maker, producing bows for high-profile clients such as Charles François Gand, Georges Chanot, J.B. Vuillaume, and his mentor Pajeot-whose style greatly influenced Maire's. The French economic crisis of the 1830s affected his business, which eventually went bankrupt. Following Pajeot's death in 1849, Maire moved to Paris. During this period, his bows were fashioned after the style of Dominique Peccatte and by the 1860s, he shifted to making lighter models. Some of his bows were branded with "Maire" or "N. Maire." He died in Paris in 1878.Round. Silver and ebony frog and button. 4/4