Louis Gillet, ca. 1940
An exceptional French octagonal pernambuco bow made ca. 1940 in Paris by Louis Henri Gillet, stamped L. GILLET. Fine, straight grain pernambuco, mounted with ivory tip, silver winding, and black thumb leather. Frog is ebony fully mounted in siver, with Parisian eye and silver button.
Gillet worked for a period in the JTL workshop and the Laberte firm until around 1924 when he established his own shop. Beginning in 1934, Gillet had a working relationship with Eugene Sartory until Sartory's death in 1946. Near the end of their collaboration, Gillet is thought to have been the maker of many late Sartory bows.