French bow maker Pierre Maline (1883 - 1939) was born in Mirecourt to a family of luthiers. His uncle, Nicolas Maline (1822 - 1877), was a bow maker who had worked in Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume's workshop, and his father, François Alexandre Maline (1862 - 1922), was a violin and bow maker. After apprenticing with his father, Pierre worked in Eugène Cuniot-Hury's workshop for several years, where he was exposed to a variety of bow making techniques and styles practiced by his distinguished contemporaries, Louis Morizot, Alfred Lamy, and Émile François Ouchard. Upon his father's death in 1922, Maline took over the family workshop, where he produced bows for various French luthiers, as well as the musical instrument company Féret-Marcotte, which existed in Paris between 1919 and 1926, and whose brand appears on the viola bow offered here. Bows by Pierre Maline are very highly regarded and quite rare. This bow is being sold with a certificate of authenticity from Jean-François Raffin.
Pierre Maline branded Feret-Marcotte. Octagonal. Silver and ebony frog and button.