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A fine French viola bow by Prosper Colas 1895.

A beautiful French viola bow by Prosper Colas workshop - made around 1900.(branded P.C on the stick) 

Prosper Colas (1842 - 1919) was trained in Mirecourt and worked for J.B. Vuillaume in Paris.

Beautiful strong, medium brown stick, made from Brazilwood, round shaped.
A beautiful elegant shaped head.

All parts original.

The length of the stick is around 72,3 cm (4/4 size), and the perfect weight of the bow is ca. 68.5 g., bp. is ca. 26 cm.

It comes with a new hair, new silver winding, ready to play.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Prosper Colas

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

François "Prosper" Colas (1842–1919) was a French archetier / bow maker based in Mirecourt, France.

Born in Goincourt (Meurthe et Moselle) in 1842, he apprenticed locally, and was influenced by the late Dominique Peccatte school (in his early period). Prosper Colas's work is similar to that of François Bazin, Charles Claude Husson, and Pierre Cuniot. Around 1871, he came to Paris where he likely met Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume and worked for him. The first bows bearing his brand can be dated to this period and reflect Vuillaume's influence (with the "Vuillaume style frogs"). Prosper Colas worked for a varied number of makers and produced a huge quantity of bows. His best production was from the turn of the century (early 20th century). His lower tier production is stamped “P.C.”. One can also find instruments bearing Prosper Colas's label as he sold mail order instruments made by the primary Mirecourt workshops of his time: Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy and Marc Laberte.

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Prosper Colas viola bow

Product code: vb126

Prosper Colas viola bow

Additional Information
Makers name P. Colas
bow lenght 72,3
bow weight ca 68.5
Date 1900
Color brown
Country of Manufacture Frankrijk
Accessories Supplied No
Length of back na