Nicolas Leonard TOURTE

TOURTE, Nicolas Léonard Born 1746, d.c.1807 Paris France. Bow maker, known as Tourte l’ainé. Son and pupil of Nicolas Pierre Tourte, below. One of the first specialist bow makers known and the founder of the great French tradition of the archetier. Trained with his father from c.1756. Worked alone after his death in 1764, in the ‘Quinze Vingts Hospice’ area of Paris. He was successful, making bows in the various forms then fashionable, with straight and convex sticks, although already with screw adjusted frogs. His work became much more standardised after 1770, when the type of bow espoused by the virtuoso Wilhelm Cramer was widely taken up. Tourte changed his style to incorporate the highe

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