The Adam family figures amongst the most important dynasties of bow makers in Mirecourt of the early nineteenth century, with “Grand Adam” finally moving to Paris in 1842 to join the workshop of Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume. All family members were involved in producing a higher class of bow, and Jean-Dominique’s work varies between direct inspiration from François-Xavier Tourte, or Etienne Pajeot. This viola bow from about 1830 sits closer to Pajeot’s work, especially in respect of the proportioning of the frog, but it is very much it’s own thing. A fabulous viola bow weighing at 71 grams, whilst it works compellingly as a viola bow it is of the type whose balance and flexibility makes a compelling case for using it as a high-powered violin bow. A highly interesting and very rare example sold with the certificate of Jean-Jacques Rampal, May 2004.
A fine viola bow by Jean Dominique Adam, Mirecourt circa 1830.