Jean Dominique Adam (1795 – 1842)
He was the son of Jean Adam and, most likely, was his apprentice. Adam produced work in the style of Etienne Pajeot, although his output was limited. His bows are stamped ‘Adam.’ In some cases, bows were made in collaboration with Jean Adam, and some of these were made before 1842.
François Xavier Tourte ‘le Jeune’ (1748 – 1835)
François Xavier Tourte flourished during the early to mid-1700s. He is often referred to as Le Jeune (Tourte ‘le Jeune’ to distinguish him from his older brother Nicolas Léonard Tourte) and is most famous for his viola, cello, and violin bows. Tourte is considered by many to be one of the finest bow makers of all time.
Tourte was a clockmaker who turned his hand to bow making around 1774-5. Proof of the existence of Tourte’s independent workshop on the Quai de l’Ecole dates from 1800, but there’s some evidence of collaboration with his brother prior to that date.
The years during which Tourte was active were a period of intense change in the world of bow making, as modifications in players’ techniques and the expansion of the tonal palette demanded parallel innovations in the tools used for sound creation.