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Jean Dominique Adam violin bow, Mirecourt circa 1830

Jean Dominique Adam violin bow, Mirecourt circa 1830
Catalog ID: C-1885

A French violin bow made, in our opinion, by Jean Dominique Adam in Mirecourt circa 1830 and mounted with later fittings.

Born in Mirecourt, France, Jean Dominique Adam (1795–1842) was the son of bowmaker Jean Adam I and the father of bowmaker Jean “Grand”' Adam II. He served a traditional apprenticeship around 1807–1810, probably with his father, whose assistant he later became. He quickly surpassed his father in the quality of his work and developed his father’s style with a greater degree of finesse and sophistication. His work exhibits a high degree of elegance and displays the influence of Étienne Pajeot, though he eschewed the use of the metal underslide or “coulisse”, which became popular around 1830. He worked in collaboration with his father, and also with his son, until his son’s departure for Paris. He is known to have supplied bows to several of the leading French dealers of his time.

Sold with a certificate of authenticity from Jean-François Raffin

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