DHV:
1125
Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

GB

London

Barak & Nathaniel

Norman & Cross

Date:

1713

Label Text:

Barak Norman / at the Bass Viol in / St. Pauls Church=yd / London Fecit / 1713 [printed except 1713]; Nathol Cross now wrought / my Back and Bely 17** [handwritten]; Barak Norman London Fecit [stamped on table, also on button of back]; BN monogram in center of back

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

CDN

Westmount, PQ

No. of Strings:

7

Collection:

Private Collection

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

Head:

Scroll

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

Tony Bingham, London, 1976-77; Walter Brooksbank Esq., Windermere

Measurements:

Body Length:

70.2

String Length:

Rib Depth:

18.3 ?

Upper Width:

35.7

Middle Width:

Bottom Width:

42.1

Information

Source:

Hebbert 2001, p. 301; Sotheby’s 7/1/76, lot 154

Literature:

Herzog 2003, GB-12; Hebbert 2001, pp. 301, 314 (1713:4 and X:38); Wells 1976, p. 465; Sotheby’s 7/1/76, lot 154; van der Straeten 1910b, p. 359 (citing Hart)

Photographs:

Wells 1976, p. 465 (front); Sotheby’s 7/1/76, lot 154 (F+B); [unpublished, in Heale Archive: F+B, F+B body only; underside of table, body with front off, label]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Sotheby’s 1976/07/01, lot 154

Rounded shoulders, 3-piece arched back (length 70.2). Had cello neck when sold by Sotheby’s as “The Property of a Lady”; (re-?) converted to viol, with new neck, pegbox, open scroll, fingerboard, and tailpiece by Michael Heale, 1976-77. Hebbert 2001: Bass violin. 3-piece table, 3-piece back (with bent center stave), double purfling, neck probably original, fingerboard and tailpiece not. Table ornament Type IV, back center BN monogram, upper and lower Type II.