Violin Bow, 1790-1795

Summary

Henry Ford collected fine classical violin bows, as well as fine violins. This bow was made in the Tourte Workshop--a well-known family of French bow makers. By the early 1800s, Francois Xavier Tourte developed--through modifications which took years to perfect--the modern violin bow. Violinists could now play their instruments using techniques that couldn't be accomplished before this time.

Henry Ford collected fine classical violin bows, as well as fine violins. This bow was made in the Tourte Workshop--a well-known family of French bow makers. By the early 1800s, Francois Xavier Tourte developed--through modifications which took years to perfect--the modern violin bow. Violinists could now play their instruments using techniques that couldn't be accomplished before this time.

Artifact

Violin bow

Date Made

1790-1795

Creators

Tourte Workshop 

Place of Creation

France, Paris 

Creator Notes

Made in the Tourte Workshop in Paris, France.

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Collections Platform

Object ID

25.164.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Brazilwood (Wood)
Ivory (Tooth component)
Silver (Metal)

Dimensions

Length: 29.1 in

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