Nicolas Maire was born in Mirecourt in 1800. The exact location of his training is unclear, but it is likely that he worked for Etienne Pajeot for a few years before establishing himself in his home town in 1826. His early bows were branded N. Maire., then N. Maire, without the final full stop, and from about 1845, simply Maire. He remained in Mirecourt until 1853, employing a number of workers, and supplying bows to Pajeot, but in that year he moved to Paris, where he worked for Vuillaume, Gand and Chanot. His style in the 1850s was strongly influenced by Dominique Peccatte, whose work he presumably became acquainted with through Vuillaume, as Peccatte had left Paris in 1847. Maire continued to work in Paris until his death in 1878, and his bows are highly sought after.
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