Violin Bow by Mathias Theophile Auguste Barbe c.1910
Mathias Théophile Auguste Barbé, born 1853 in Mirecourt, son of Dominique Barbé and first cousin of Télesphore Barbé, completed his apprenticeship in Mirecourt, presumably under François Xavier Bazin, the father of Charles Nicolas as did many of his contemporaries.
In 1886 Barbé joined the Paris workshop of Gand & Bernardel frères, he spent 10 years with this prestigious firm, developing a style which came close to that of François Nicolas Voirin and sometimes his bows can be confused with these.
In 1896 Barbé returned to Mirecourt where he opened his own workshop at 1 rue Chanot.
Mathias Barbé Theophilus Augustus died in 1902.
He was an outworker for amongst others;
Gustave Adolphe Bernardel, Leon Bernardel 1, Chanot & Chardon, Sebastien Auguste Deroux, Drouis, Pierre Gauthier, Silvestre & Maucotel, Paul Francois Blanchard and Hippolyte Chretien Silvestre.
The round stick of pernambuco of an orange-brown colour, silver mounted ebony frog inlaid with Parisian eye, three part silver mounted adjuster inlaid with pearl eye.
Stamped ‘SILVESTRE ET MAUCOTEL’ on the shaft.
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