Tourte Le Jeune (The Tourte Exhibition of London, November 2008)

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Celebrating the life and work of François Xavier Tourte from the 1st through the 30th of November, 2008 at London’s Royal Academy of Music. Presented by Paul Childs in association with the Royal Academy of Music, and featuring a forum on Tourte on November 2nd.

Shown below are pictures of five bows which will be among 35 Tourtes and 15 contemporary Tourte copies on display during the event.

This exquisite and well-known violin bow was formerly the “star” bow of the famous Hottinger collection. It was later guarded by the Wurlitzer and Möennig firms who declined to sell it to players in order to preserve its pristine condition.

An extremely fine example of Tourte’s late work, this violin bow was formerly the property of the eminent violinist and collector Zlatko Balakovic. It later became the favoured bow of the great virtuoso Aaron Rosand whose recordings over a 30 year period are graced by the sensational sound produced by maestro Rosand, his del Gesu and this Tourte.

This remarkable ‘cello bow bears the inscription “TOURTE DE LAMARE” on the ferrule of its frog and was certainly made by Tourte for Jacques Michel Hurel Delamare. One of the most prominent virtuosos of his time, Delamare married a woman of independent wealth in 1815 which can only explain his acquisition of this virtually priceless bow.

An extremely rare swan-head ’cello bow, photos of which fail to reveal its complex structure and remarkable beauty. It was sold in 1928 by the firm of Vatelot-Hekking to a M. Gonzalez. More recently it was a fixture in an important French collection before crossing the Atlantic to enter the Fulton Collection.

An extremely rare swan-head ’cello bow, photos of which fail to reveal its complex structure and remarkable beauty. It was sold in 1928 by the firm of Vatelot-Hekking to a M. Gonzalez. More recently it was a fixture in an important French collection before crossing the Atlantic to enter the Fulton Collection.

A contemporary Tourte copy by Edwin Clément. The frog and button are made of ebony and white gold.

Press release

Catalogue for the Tourte exhibition, the Royal Academy of Music, November 2008. Hard-bound, 60 pages with illustrations of 35 François Tourte bows and 15 contemporary copies.

For Immediate Release:

The Royal Academy of Music will present an exhibition on history’s greatest bowmaker, François Xavier Tourte, during the month of November 2008. The exhibition is being organized by Paul Childs and will run concurrently with the Royal Academy of Music’s ‘The Revolutionary Violin’. Thirty-five authentic examples of the master’s work will be on view along with fifteen contemporary Tourte copies. These bows will comprise Tourte’s œuvre, as recognized today, from his earliest through his latest periods of work – a time span of approximately 60 years. At the heart of the exhibition is the presentation of Tourte’s art at its unsurpassed level of sculptural beauty in a medium often not considered far beyond the bow’s purpose: the link between musician and his or her stringed instrument in order to make music.

A man of humble origin whose literacy did not exceed the writing of his own name, Tourte was sought out by the leading artists of his time for his creations and he likewise consulted them in order to improve the playability of his craft. The result was a bow that to this day is recognized by both musicians and bowmakers as supreme, and by connoisseurs as a sublime meeting of the aesthetic and humanity.

On November 2nd the Royal Academy of Music will host a conference with presentations on Tourte’s life and work which will include the participation of Charles Beare, Bernard Millant, Peter Oxley, Jean-François Raffin, Isaac Salchow, Peter Sheppard Skærved and James Warren. The day will conclude with a recital by the eminent violinist Elmar Oliveira and his collaborator, pianist Robert Koenig.

Tourte’s long overdue moment will finally arrive, at the Royal Academy of Music in November.

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Weight 0.614 kg
Dimensions 22.3 x 28.5 cm
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