Rudolf Neudörfer, Silver Mounted Violin Bow – Bubenreuth, Germany c. 1989 – SOLD JUNE 20, 2023


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This is a beautiful German violin bow with a single mother of pearl eye in the ebony frog with sterling silver mounts made in the late 1980’s by Rudolf Neudörfer, Bubenreuth, Germany. The bow is of pernambuco specie and is in octagonal section. Neudörfer grew up in the Czech Republic and came from a long line of bow and instrument makers. He learned his bow making in the state-run Violin Making School in Luby and worked at the Cremona cooperative for string instruments until in 1964. He escaped to the West posing as a ski coach at the Olympic Games in Innsbruck 1964. He did an apprenticeship in bow making in Bubenreuth at the Seifert shop (1968-1973) and got to travel all over the world; to Switzerland to work for Finkel (in 1983 and 1986), in Hollywood to visit the Weisshaar shop, Tokyo, and to Brazil to purchase pernambuco wood that would last him a lifetime. In 1973 he set up his own shop in Bubenreuth. In the 1980’s he won several prizes at competitions at the Violin Society of America and in Wiesbaden, Germany, where he won a gold medal for his violin bows.

Weight fully haired 61.5 grams.