ca. 1830 Shaw Adam cello bow
Made in France by Jean-Dominique (J.D.) Adam, the bow is a fine example of Adam's work. J.D. Adam was born in Mirecourt, France in 1795 and was the son and pupil of Jean Adam. He was a prolific maker and a contemporary of Dominique Peccatte and Guillaume Maline. Adam bows are much sought after by both players and collectors.
This bow has a round stick of light honey colour. It displays mineral deposit at tip; ebony frog displays pearl eyes and silver ferrule; frog being without undershoe; and the ebony button displays a pearl eye and two silver bands.
The donor, Andrew R. Shaw, was a professional cellist, the president of Canada's largest music publishing company for many years as well as the CEO of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra until 2013.
2000 - 2006 Kaori Yamagami (Maple, Ontario)
2006 - 2009 Emmanuelle Beaulieu Bergeron (Houston, Texas)
2009 - 2012 Emmanuelle Beaulieu Bergeron (Toronto, ON)
2012 - 2015 Karen Ouzounian
2015 - 2018 Cameron Crozman
2018 - 2022 Bryan Cheng
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