Brother of François and uncle of Charles, Dominique was born in Mirecourt in 1810. He is ranked only below Tourte as the master of French bowmakers. He started his career as a violin maker, and was Introduced to the workshop of J.B.Vuillaume by his brother Nicolas Vuillaume, at that time working in Mirecourt. In the Paris shop between 1826 and 1836, he learned bowmaking under Jean Pierre Marie Persoit. He then joined François Lupot, and within two years took over his shop, following his death in 1838. There he was joined by his brother François and Joseph Henry. In 1847 he decided to return to Mirecourt, leaving the Paris shop in the hands of Pierre Simon. He retired in 1872, and died in 1874.
His bows are generally strong and suited to powerful playing, but are varied in style and spontaneous in approach. Many are branded Vuillaume, but later bows are branded Peccatte.
18 September 2015 - Oxley, Peter
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