Cello Bow by Nicolas Remy Maire, Paris c.1840 with Pierre Testa certificate
Nicolas Rémy Maire 1800 – 1878
Born in Mirecourt he was one of the great and illustrious bow makers of the mid 19th century, It is likely that Nicolas Rémy Maire was probably apprenticed to Étienne Pajeot in Mirecourt, his style remained close to PAJEOT’S until his death in 1849. He opened his own workshop in Mirecourt in 1826 named ‘Maire-Contal’ after his wife Ann Contal which went bankrupt during the French economic crisis of the 1830s. The firm was re-established 1844, by then with up to 15 employees.
He left Mirecourt to go to Paris in 1853, established at 35 rue de Viarmes later moving to 10 Rue de Burq. The business subsequently renamed ‘François-Maire’ to acknowledge the collaboration of his son François, above. He worked for Gand, Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume and Georges Chanot as well.
The round stick of amourette (snakewood) of a dark orange-brown colour, showing some lighter orange-brown on the top, later silver mounted ebony frog inlaid with pearl eye and encircled by pearl concentric ring. Three part silver adjuster inlaid with pearl eye.
Condition as new
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