Friday, February 15, 2008

Maker's Spotlight: German Bow Maker Otto Pfretzschner

It seems like our online auction has experienced a resurgence with a slew of great makers' works coming into our hands. This week, we are privileged to offer a very fine bow probably made by Otto Pfretzschner.

The Pfretzschner family was one of the most prolific and well known bow making families in the late 19th to twentieth centuries. Otto Pfretzschner is one of the lesser known members of that family, referred to in the Roda "Bows for Musical Instruments" as the son of Hermann Richard. The workmanship of this bow is top caliber, with lovely graduation and a elegant "swans" head. The wood in these older bows is often unrivaled for strength and response. We estimate this bow to be made around 1950 and has all of the original parts.

This bow has a solid feel in the hand, producing a rich colorful tone, and is warm and resonant in sound quality. It is a very quick and agile bow that sacrifices no strength in the stick for lightness of touch. It would make a great Mendelssohn or Bach bow for the artist.
This bow has a beautiful octagonal pernambuco stick that has perfect camber. It is set in silver and ebony, with a plain eye and divided button. It weighs 74 grams when haired. This bow is in excellent condition, with no issues to be concerned about!

Once again, it was brought to us for consignment by a very serious amateur cellist who loves it but is ready to move on to a different type of stick. German silver mounted master made violin bows of this quality are seldom seen on eBay. Bows like this are often offered at $3,000.00 and above routinely. There will be a great home for this outstanding bow with a lucky cellist somewhere!

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