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Charles Nicolas Bazin Violin bow


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Charles Nicolas Bazin violin bow

Charles Nicholas Bazin violin bow, Mirecourt c.1900.

Charles Nicolas Bazin was the son and pupil of François Xavier Bazin, a bow maker who learned his craftsmanship with Dominique Peccatte.

Charles Nicolas Bazin was apprenticed to his father later becoming his assistant.

After his father’s death in 1865, he took over the workshop at the age of eighteen.

Early models based on those of his father, with rounded Vuillaume frogs.

From 1870 he worked with Joseph Hel and produced bows with octagonal sticks, and frogs with the Vuillaume miniature photograph eye. From c.1880 he used his own brand previous work having his father’s.

Between 1907 and 1909 Charles Nicolas Bazin’s son, Louis Bazin, took over the workshop, Charles Nicolas continued to work with his son until his death in 1915.

He ran an esteemed workshop employing around 15 workmen at its height c.1900.

Active in the creation of the Mirecourt School of Violin Making.

He was an outworker for Charles Brugere, Caressa & Francais, Georges Adolphe Chanot, Charles Jean Collin-Mezin (1), Curtil, Audinot, Paul Francois Blanchard, Maxime Angard, Hilaire Darche, Diens, Auguste Falisse, Edouard Foetisch, Fournier, Pierre Gauthie, Jospeh Pierre Hel, Pierre Jean Hel, Paul Victor Lorange, Charles Francois Peccatte, Silvestre & Maucotel and Joseph Alexis Tournier.

Some of the following brands amongst others can be on bows by Charles Nicolas Bazin:

Paul Blanchard, Emile Boulangeot, Charles Brugere, Prosper Colas, Charles Jean-Baptiste Collin Mezin, Curtil, Hilaire Darche, Albert-Joseph Deblaye, Joseph et Pierre Hel, Lavest, Paul Lorange, Lupot, Charles Peccatte, FR Simon, Sylvestre & Maucotel, Verdeau, Edward Withers.


The round stick of pernambuco of a dark red-brown colour, silver mounted ebony frog inlaid with pearl eye. Three part silver adjuster inlaid with pearl eye.

Stamped ‘C.BAZIN’ on the shaft

  • Weight 60.6 grams

Pierre Testa certificate no. 181.11

Additional information

Weight0.28 kg
Dimensions79 × 4.5 × 4.5 cm


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