Bow maker Richard Otto Gläsel: Parisian splendour

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Having perfected his skills in the French capital, German bow maker Richard Otto Gläsel was much inspired by the work of his Gallic forebears, from Voirin to Vigneron. Gennady Filimonov tells his story and examines several of his finest works

Markneukirchen, the Mirecourt of Germany, dominated the international market of musical instrument sales in the second half of the 19th century. It proved to have better access to exotic woods and was at one time one of the most affluent cities in Germany – it even had its own US consulate general. Nevertheless, while much of the town focused on mass production of musical instruments, a few dedicated makers pursued their craft elsewhere…

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