Violin Bow by Jean Joseph Martin
Jean-Joseph Martin born 1837, died 1910.
He made his apprenticeship with Nicolas Remy Maire and came to Paris around 1858 to join Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume’s workshop. An excellent craftsman his Vuillaume model bows from this period were to become amongst the best ever produced for the firm. JJ Martin returned to Mirecourt in 1863 to open his own workshop. The shop was particularly productive after 1870, it was then that Martin began hiring assistants and sold bows to the Mennesson and Thibouville-Lamy firms through a cooperation that he established in 1875. He worked for a time as director, for the workshop settled in Mirecourt by Emile Mennesson, at the “Sainte Cécile insignia. Numerous of the Mennesson bows are on a Vuillaume model, with rounded heads, and are branded, “J. Guarini.” Joseph Arthur Vigneron was amongst the more renowned makers who assisted him. The business regrettably diminished in 1880, Martin lost both his shop and his home. He continued making bows of high quality with his brand, “J. Martin,” until his death in 1910.
Jean Joseph Martin used two different stamps during his career.
Amongst others J.J. MARTIN made bows for; Joseph Guarini, Joseph Hel, Jean Baptiste Vuillaume
Collaborators; Emile Langonet, François Langonet, Louis Auguste Martin, Joseph Arthur Vigneron (Known as “Vigneron Père”)
The octagonal stick of pernambuco of an orange-brown colour, silver mounted ebony frog inlaid with pearl eye. Three part silver adjuster inlaid with pearl eye.
Stamped ‘J.& A.BEARE’ on the shaft
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