Bow Type: Cello Bow
Maker: John Dodd
Description: John Dodd (1752 – 1839). Known as the 'English Tourte' for his leading role in the development of the modern bow in Britain, John 'Kew' Dodd was initially employed as a fine metalworker. Proximity to this trade afforded him the tools and expertise to develop the screw mechanisms being pioneered in Paris around the same time, and Dodd probably took up bow making in the 1770s–80s. He is first listed in the trade directories in 1794, and the earliest example of his work bears the brand of Norris and Barnes. Details about his working life are limited, but he seems to have been active in the trade and in the communities of Lambeth, and later Kew, until the beginning of the 19th century. Dodd supplied some bows to the Betts, Forster and Banks workshops, which bear their brands, though his other bows are stamped 'Dodd’.
This cello bow was made circa 1800 and has a later frog and button.The stick has a lovely “swan” style head and beautifully dark pernambuco. The frog and button which are not original to the stick are made of ivory and gold. Weight: 83.9 grams. Certified by Isaac Salchow.
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