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Viola da Gamba Society of America

Online Database of Historical Viols
Detail 

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

GB

London

Barak

Norman

Date:

1696

Label Text:

Barak Norman / At the Basse Viol / in St. Paul's Ally / London Fecit / 1696; BN monogram in center of back

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

J

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Private Collection

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

Head:

Male

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

Robert Donington (via Wurlitzer’s)

Measurements:

Body Length:

73.0

String Length:

69.5

Rib Depth:

12.8

Upper Width:

34.1

Middle Width:

25.7

Bottom Width:

40.7

Information Source:

Owner to TGM, 2/96; Kambe to Smithsonian 4/93; Donington to G. Lyman 3/64

Literature:

Hebbert 2001, p. 293 (1696:2)

Photographs:

[Unpublished, from owner: F+B, head 3/4, B+S, neck heel, hookbar (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Converted from cello by Dolmetsch; neck by Hill & Sons (for Donington?); fingerboard by Masato Sato, Tokyo (for Kambe). White pegs. Ribs 13.2 at lower corners. Table ornament Type V, back center BN monogram, upper Type IIIa, lower Type III.