DHV:
54
Tourin ID:
BENN 2

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

GB

London

Barak

Norman

Date:

1717

Label Text:

Barak Norman / at the Bass Viol in / St. Pauls Church=yd: / London fecit / 1717 [printed except 1717]; BN monogram in center of back

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

GB

Canterbury

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Private Collection

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

Head:

Open scroll

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

Mr. Parker (Benn bought 1965 at Puttick & Simpson)

Measurements:

Body Length:

66.0

String Length:

68.4

Rib Depth:

11.9

Upper Width:

29.4

Middle Width:

22.2

Bottom Width:

35.3

Information

Source:

TGM visit 8/03; owner to G. Lyman 6/65

Literature:

Hebbert 2001, p. 302 (1717:1); Puttick & Simpson, “Old and Modern Violins, Violas and Violoncellos...and antique instruments, the Property of the late George Parker, Mus.D., F.R.C.O., Thursday October 28th, 1965...” lot 273

Photographs:

[By TGM: FB+S, head side, back ornaments top and bottom (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

New neck, original pegbox. 3-piece table, 2-piece back, both with double purfling. No table ornament (uniquely for Norman basses?); back center BN monogram, upper and lower Type II; triple V at neck. Rib height at center bout 12.4. No back crossbars except soundpost plate. When seen, had bridge made by owner. Label is of type where “Viol in” are printed very close together. Repair label: “Reconverted from cello and repaired by A. Chanot London 1926.” (Owner still has old fingerboard with a full octave of inlaid metal frets, plus matching tailpiece.)