Violin Bow by Emile Francois Ouchard pere
In 1886 Émile François Ouchard was apprenticed in the workshop of Eugène Cuniot-Hury in Mirecourt, he took over the Mirecourt firm after Cuniot’s death in 1910. Ouchard’s son Émile Auguste started to assist him perhaps as early as 1913, in 1923 Ouchard ‘père’ set up his own workshop in Mirecourt, at 1, rue Canon. Bows after this date are often branded, “Émile Ouchard,” although the “Cuniot-Hury” stamp was not completely abandoned. The shop was successful, by 1936 Ouchard employed 15 assistants, including his son. In 1937 Émile Auguste formally took over the business, sadly Émile François was unwilling to surrender control, and his son ultimately left for Paris, leaving Émile François in charge until his death in 1951.
Many gifted makers worked in the Ouchard shop, including Louis Brugère, François Lotte, Raymond and André Richaume. Some of the workshop’s bows are branded with Ouchard’s name, but many bear the stamps of the firms who bought them.
Emile Ouchard worked, amongst others, for : Joseph Aubry, Paul & Olivier Bish, Georges Coné, Cuniot Hury, Charles Eenel, Jean Lavast, Lucien Schmitt.
He used only one stamp ‘EMILE OUCHARD’ and ‘STRELLINI’ for his workshop production.
The round stick of pernambuco of a dark orange-brown colour, silver mounted ebony frog inlaid with Parisian eye. Plain silver adjuster.
Stamped ‘EMILE OUCHARD’ on the shaft
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