Viola da Gamba Society of America
Online Database of Historical Viols
Barak Norman / at the Bass Viol in / St Pauls Church=yd: / London Fecit / 1715 [printed except 1715; last digit unclear]; BN monogram in center of back
No. of Strings:
Mary Cyr, Montreal and Guelph, Canada, 1985-2009; Joshua Barkin (and his widow), El Cerrito, Calif., -1985
TGM visit 9/10; D. Zuchowicz to TGM, 2/09; M. Cyr to TGM, 1/09
[By TGM: back (full, body only, and ornament details), table ornament, fingerboard, label (color)]; [unpublished, from M. Cyr: front; from D. Zuchowicz: front 3/4, head 3/4, label (color)]
3-piece table (narrow center piece). Last digit of date unclear; could also be 3 or 8. Scroll original; (plain) tailpiece not. Inlaid fingerboard also original, but narrowed to cello width, then widened with ebony edging by D. Kessler. He had restored the instrument before M. Cyr acquired it (including current bridge); no work done since then. Has old case, probably 19th C., made to fit this instrument. Previous owner Joshua Barkin was a forest ranger and amateur gambist. Table ornament Type IV back center BN monogram, upper and lower Type II.