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date: 26 May 2020

Tourte familylocked

  • Paul Childs


French family of bowmakers and luthiers . It comprised Nicolas Pierre Tourte and his sons Nicolas Léonard and François Xavier and perhaps Charles Tourte, son of Nicolas Léonard. In addition, at least two channelled (canalé) bows dating from about 1750–60 exist bearing the brand-stamp A.TOURTE.

(d Paris, 1764 ). Described in legal documents as a luthier, he was probably the maker of a known violin bearing the label ‘Pierre Tourte, Paris 1747’. Oral tradition holds that Tourte père was a bowmaker whose shop was the training-ground for his sons.

(b Paris, Jan 20, 1746; d Paris, Sept 11, 1817 or Sept 11, 1807). Bowmaker , son of (1) Nicolas Pierre Tourte. He perhaps deserves at least equal credit with his illustrious younger brother for the development of the modern bow. From about 1770 he made Cramer-type bows (and perhaps others as well). Among the ‘Cramer’ bows a few are known which, in addition to his brand-stamp of TOURTE·L, bear the second brand-stamp AUX 15 VINGT, indicating that he had a ...

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