“SARTORY TOKYO” is named after Eugene SARTORY,
who was a prominent French bow maker in the 20th century.
E. SARTORY was born in Mirecourt, France in 1871, and learned bow-making from his father,
who was a bow maker, too, since E. SARTORY was born in Mirecourt, France in 1871,
and learned bow-making from his father, who was a bow maker, too, since small. including Charles PECCATTE,
Ambitious a boy as he was, he learned in ateliers of some great bow makers,
moving from one to another, and finally entered the atelier of Joseph Alfred LAMY,who became his great teacher.
In 1887, when he was 16 years old, he won the gold medal at a competition in Brussel,
which allowed him to make bows of his own style.
He had his own atelier at the age of 18. He won the gold medal at a competition in Lyon at the age of 24,
and gained the honor of the first place of the world at an international competition held in Paris at the age of 29.
Age 34, Honor Award at a competition in Liége.
Age 35, Honor Award at a competition in Milan.
Age 37, Honor Award at a competition in London.
Awarded in 6 competitions by the time he ended his life at the age of 75 in 1946.
His making skills have been alive in many craftsmen’s work of the following generations.
Jules FETIQUE, Louis MORIZOT and Louis GILLET were among his apprentices.
The name SARTORY TOKYO renders not only our rich stock of SARTORY collection
but also our wish to hand down excellent bows,
like of E. SARTORY, a great bow maker, to next generation.
He entered the national violin-making school in Mirecourt, France at the age of 16, and learned violin making for three years there.
After the school, he moved to Southern France, where he worked for two years with Jean Seyral, who studied violin making in Cremona.
In 1995, he entered worldwide celebrated Jean Frederic Schmitt’s atelier in Lyon, worked for three years there, and learned highly advanced professional skills for repairing.
He moved to Japan 20 years ago, since when he has worked as chief repairman at a musical instrument shop in Tokyo.
While he was studying painting in Bucharest, Romania, he encountered the wonders of the cello and turned his direction to violin making.
He learned violin making from Louis Caporale, a violin maker and dealer, for three years. He came back to Japan 10 years ago, since when he has worked as a repairman at a musical instrument shop in Tokyo.
Greetings from Group Representative
SARTORY TOKYO was opened in Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo in 2016, and since then has been dealing in, repairing, rehairing and making bows for violins, violas and cellos as a specialty shop of stringed instrument bows. Among many stringed instruments shops in Japan, our shop is one and only specialty shop of bows. We are always ready to welcome you, from beginners who look for affordable prices to professional performers or collectors who seek for rare old French bows, with more than 300 bows in our stock. Please choose your bow in a calm and comfortable atmosphere.
We have unparalleled volume of excellent-class bow collection, including Francois TOURTE, Dominique PECCATTE and Eugene SARTORY, among which we are keeping about 30 SARTORY bows as our name represents.
Our original bows are all made of old fine-quality materials, and handmade by craftsmen. You can try playing any of them at our shop. Many people put more importance on an instrument than a bow, but sound may largely vary according to the bow even on the same instrument. Besides, if you are accustomed to use an only a little imbalanced bow or an irregularly warped bow, you may have gained unfavorable habit of bow-commanding while you are unconscious of it or may be behind your expected improvement. Our experienced craftsmen will listen to your requests and provide counsel in choosing a bow or repair. We hope you will feel and enjoy the world of bows here.