Menu

Joseph Henry

Joseph Henry was born in Mirecourt in 1823. At the age of 14 he moved to Paris as an apprentice in Georges Chanot’s shop, and subsequently worked with Dominique Peccatte, who was the primary influence on the young Henry. When Peccatte left Paris in 1848, Henry established a partnership with Pierre Simon and his work became bolder at this juncture. By 1851 he was working independently again and supplying bows to J.B. Vuillaume. From 1855 he also worked for Gand Frères and in this period we see his best work, often mounted in silver and tortoiseshell and with floral designs inlaid in the frog. Henry died in 1870 at the age of 46.

Joseph Henry

(b Mirecourt, 1823; fl Paris, 1837-1870; d 1870)

Joseph Henry was born in Mirecourt in 1823. At the age of 14 he moved to Paris as an apprentice in Georges Chanot’s shop, and subsequently worked with Dominique Peccatte, who was the primary influence on the young Henry. When Peccatte left Paris in 1848, Henry established a partnership with Pierre Simon and his work became bolder at this juncture. By 1851 he was working independently again and supplying bows to J.B. Vuillaume. From 1855 he also worked for Gand Frères and in this period we see his best work, often mounted in silver and tortoiseshell and with floral designs... Read more

Instruments for sale in our Private Sales

A silver & tortoiseshell-mounted violin bow by Joseph Henry

Paris, circa 1855

Born and trained in Mirecourt in the first half of the 19th century, Joseph Henry moved to Paris to work for the Chanot workshop and later perfected his skills under... read more

A silver & tortoiseshell-mounted violin bow by Joseph Henry

Paris, circa 1855

Born and trained in Mirecourt in the first half of the 19th century, Joseph Henry moved to Paris to work for the Chanot workshop and later perfected his skills under the guidance of Dominique Peccatte. His work is renowned for the high quality of the craftsmanship and for his attention to detail. This bow certainly represents the peak of Henry’s abilities as a craftsman and it was made shortly after his collaboration with Pierre Simon ended. From 1855 he made a series of outstanding tortoiseshell-mounted bows for Gand Frères of which this bow is a beautifully preserved example.

Looking to Buy or Sell an Instrument by this Maker?

Selling with Ingles & Hayday

We offer buyers and sellers a bespoke private sale service, sourcing exceptional instruments and bows and matching them with the most discerning buyers...

More Information

Buying at Ingles & Hayday

Tim Ingles and Paul Hayday will offer an initial evaluation of the authenticity and value of your instrument or bow to recommend an auction estimate and reserve price for your instrument or bow...

Enquire

Written Valuations & Certificates

Tim Ingles and Paul Hayday will offer an initial evaluation of the authenticity and value of your instrument or bow. At this stage, the assessment is free and without obligation. In the first instance, we suggest submitting good-quality images to us, preferably by email to info@ingleshayday.com or by completing the valuation form.

Read more

    Buying at Ingles & Hayday

    We hold two auctions a year at Sotheby’s in London, generally in March and October. We also have a selection of instruments and bows for private sale all year round. Please contact us for more information.

    Back to Notable Sales