Nikolai Kittel, St. Petersburg, the 'Auer, Heifetz'


Violin Bow: 57798

Silver mounted.

Stick: round

Weight: 58 grams


Notes:

"Heifetz: I prefer my Kittel that Professor Auer gave me as a gift a long time ago. But I don't always use it. I have others. The Kittel must rest. It gets tired. . . sometimes it needs hair."

Jascha Heifetz: An Interview with Herbert Axelrod, Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. IV, No. 1, Lancaster, PA


"The head is modeled after Tourte's first period work, and the stick is made from extraordinarily luminous pernambuco with an orange-brown color and a striking ring figure throughout its length. The Heifetz-Kittel is probably the most famous bow of the century and is on display at the Metropolitan Museum in New York."

Nikolaus Kittel: The Russian Tourte, Kenway Lee, Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XIV, No. 2, Flushing, NY

Provenance

- Leopold Auer
- Jascha Heifetz
- Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Benjamin Koodlach, Los Angeles, CA "I have known this bow personally for about fifty-five years, when I first rehaired it in my father's shop. Of Heifetz's bows, this was among the outstanding specimens he owned, and when he compared them, this drew a full, round quality of sound and possessed a special agility."

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References

  • The Strad, May, 1991, Joseph Gold, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. IV, No. 1, The Violin Society of America, Lancaster, PA
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XIV, No. 2, Kenway Lee, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY (illustrated)
  • The Strad, January, 1995, Kenway Lee, Orpheus, London (illustrated)

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