DHV:
1632
Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

GB

London

Barak

Norman

Date:

1720

Label Text:

Barak Norman / At the Bass Viol in / St Pauls Church=Yd / London Fecit / 1720 [printed except 1720]; BN monogram in center of back

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

E

Barcelona

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Private Collection

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

Head:

Open scroll

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

Marius de Zayas (d. 1961); Arnold Dolmetsch (probably until mid-1930s)

Measurements:

Body Length:

56.2

String Length:

56.2

Rib Depth:

9.9

Upper Width:

27.8

Middle Width:

20.1

Bottom Width:

34.2

Information

Source:

Owner to TGM, 6/13

Literature:

Photographs:

[Unpublished, from owner, 6/13: FBSS, F+S body only, head FB+S, monogram on back, stamp without floral ornament on table, tailpiece, bridge and C-holes diagonally (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Fingerboard, tailpiece, pegs, and bridge by Dolmetsch; neck, pegbox, and head said to be original. No perimeter purfling on either table or back; table has no central floral ornament, only circular stamp (presumably reading Barak / Norman / London / Fecit); small BN monogram in center of back, none upper and lower. Fingerboard and tailpiece dark with reddish streaks, and light-colored geometrical purfling patterns. Smallest known Norman (except trebles); right size for a tenor, but those were long obsolete by 1720.Owner: “lyra viol”; dimensions 57.5, 27/20/33.5, 10, 57.