Ref :   0634

A very fine viola bow by
(1949 - 1995?)
England, 1993

John Clutterbuck is today universally accepted as having been one of the foremost 20th century English bowmakers. He apprentised with the firm of W. E. Hill & Sons, and worked for them until 1971. He later settled in Bicester, England, where he continued working in the Hill style - his work closely resembles that of John W. Stagg, who also was trained and imployed by W. E. Hill & Sons as a Master Bowmaker, and with whom he is on a par.

Like other former Hill bowmakers, Clutterbuck usually fitted the frog directly into a rebate in stick, without a bottom plate. This stops the frog from moving from side to side on the stick.

It is noteworthy that Nigel Kennedy and Izak Perlman have Clutterbuck bows and that Lord Yehudi Menuhin also had one.

This bow is identical to the other Clutterbuck viola bow listed elsewhere on the page, Ref. 0633.As identifier, it has '9304' stamped into the shaft, under the frog in front of the mortise.

Weight :
  68.7 g

The Stick :
  Red pernambuco, cut octagonally.

The Nut :
  Ebony with Parisian eye.

Mountings :

Wrapping :
  Whalebone with black leather thumbpad.

Tip Facing :

Condition :
  Impeccable, as new. This bow has hardly been used.

Provenance :
  This bow was obtained directly from the maker by the first owner, a professional violist, and it remained in his collection until his death.

Price : Withheld
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