Charles Peccatte

Charles Peccatte (14 October 1850 – 22 October 1918) was a French Archetier (bow maker). He was born in Mirecourt, the son of François Peccatte. He was probably trained by August Lenoble with whom he later had a partnership which lasted until 1881. The early work includes very individual bows which can be described as of the Peccatte school but many of which have heads modelled somewhat after the early type of bow by François Tourte.

Worked for Vuillaume, Voirin and Lenoble before opening own establishment at Paris, 1908. After the death of his Mother, Charles, freed from his ties with Lenoble, moved into his new home and workshop on the Rue de Valois. Here he moved into a more contemporary style of bow making also using different brand stamp. His meritorious bows have received consistent acknowledgement from soloists." (Universal Dictionary of Violin and Bow Makers). The chamfer on a Charles Peccatte tends to go a little higher into the throat (or the stick itself) on the audience side of the bow.

The bows Charles made for J.-B. Vuillaume, closely resemble those made by François Nicolas Voirin for Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume. C. Peccatte won silver medals at the Antwerp and Paris Expositions Universelles in 1885 and 1889 respectively, and was established on his own at 8 rue de Valois, Paris, by 1885.

Unfortunately his work is very uneven in quality, and he seems to have offered a commercial range as well, as there are bows from Mirecourt and Germany which bear his authentic brand-stamp.

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