DHV:
1350
Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

D ?

Date:

17..

Label Text:

Barak Norman, Bass Viol, Saint Paul’s alley, fecit 1691

Body Shape:

Cello

Current Location:

A

Vienna

No. of Strings:

7

Collection:

Vázquez, José [heirs]

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

176

Head:

Male

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

Myrna Herzog, Raanana, Israel, 2002-19

Measurements:

Body Length:

69.8

String Length:

Rib Depth:

11.7

Upper Width:

32.0

Middle Width:

22.6

Bottom Width:

42.5

Information

Source:

Herzog to TGM, 4/19; Herzog 2003, D-27; Christie’s 11/13/02, lot 107

Literature:

Herzog 2003, D-27; Christie’s 11/13/02, lot 107; Hebbert 2001, p. 315 (X:41); Montagu 1989, p. 567; Christie’s 6/14/1989, lot 137

Photographs:

Christie’s 11/13/02, lot 107 (back); Herzog 2003, D-27 (front, head 3/4); [unpublished, from owner 9/20: F+B, head FB+S (color); from previous owner 4/19: FB+S, head FB+S, (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Christie’s 2002/01/13, lot 107

Christie’s: string length 67.5; offered as “labeled Barak Norman”: 6-piece table, 2-piece back; pointed corners, sloping shoulders, very curly C-holes. Christie’s said neck and head later than body, but B. Hebbert thinks head original, and instrument is 18th-C. German; bass bar also seems original. Bridge marked Chanot & Chardon, Paris, probably dating from “cellamba” conversion. Herzog 2003: single purfling front and back; “signs ... indicating an original neck similar to most English viols”; bridge height and neck angle very cello-like. E-mail 4/19: restoration by Fred Lindeman (body) and Floris van der Voort (neck, fingerboard, tailpiece); repair inscription (in pencil?): “A.E. / Rep. Charlottenburg / August 1927”. Vázquez website: 6-piece table; “Wood and varnish betray certain traits of both Venetian and Tyrolean instruments”; dendrochronology: ca. 1660.