DHV:
206
Tourin ID:
CALD 06

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

GB

London

Barak

Norman

Date:

1699

Label Text:

Barak Norman / at the Basse Viol / in St Pauls Ally / London Fecit 1699 [handwritten]; Barak / Norman / London / Fecit (stamped on table); BN monogram in center of back

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA

Oberlin, OH

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Caldwell, Catharina Meints

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

Head:

Angel

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

(Bought at W.E. Hill & Sons, London, 1972)

Measurements:

Body Length:

68.0

String Length:

69.5

Rib Depth:

12.4

Upper Width:

30.8

Middle Width:

23.4

Bottom Width:

37.9

Information

Source:

TGM visit 7/92

Literature:

Caldwell 2012, pp. 24-31; Hebbert 2001, pp. 295-95 (1699:1); Caldwell 1974, pp. 74-5

Photographs:

Caldwell 2012, pp. 24-31 (FB+S, head FB+S, bass C-hole, monogram and upper back decoration, inlaid tailpiece [color]); Caldwell 1974, pp. 74-5 (FB+S); [by TGM 5/09: label (color)]

Recordings:

LeStrange Viols 2018; Caldwell 1984 (Purcell: Oberlin Consort)

Auctions:

Comments:

Restored by Michael Heale, 1979; he says also previously by George Carley at Dolmetsch, 1949 (but Heale’s 1979 letter to Caldwells says 1947). Back of pegbox is original, sides are new, since original had 4 holes for cello pegs drilled through decorations; head old, but probably does not belong to this viol; neck, fingerboard, and tailpiece new (inlay copied from RCM 2), also soundpost plate. Hebbert 2001: head by Hills; dimensions same as Tourin’s (probably from Heale). Table ornament Type VI, back center BN monogram, upper Type IIIa, lower Type III. Caldwell 2012: 3-piece table, 2-piece back, both with double purfling whose lines cross at body corners; single purfling around C-holes; BN monogram in center of back, and relief carving in V at neck heel. Pegs by Hills Tourin/JVdGSA dimensions: 125.2, 68.2, 30.7/23.1/37.6, 12.8, 70.0. Caldwell 2012 dimensions: 68.2, 30.6/23.0/37.5, 12.4, 69.5. Additional label: W. Hammond & Sons / Pianoforte Makers, Organ Builders, / and / Importers of Musical Instruments / Old Kent Road / Nearly Opposite Surrey Square / August 2 / 1854 [printed except date].