DHV:
1334
Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

GB, London

Maker:

Barak

Norman

Date:

Barak / Norman / London / Fecit [stamped on table]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

F, Rennes

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Musée des Beaux-Arts

No. of Strings:

(4)

Catalog Number:

1897.4.10

Head:

Scroll

Previous Owner:

Monsieur Decombe

Measurements:

Body Length:

61

String Length:

Rib Depth:

12

Upper Width:

29

Middle Width:

21

Bottom Width:

34.4

Information Source:

Museum’s website (seen via Musée de la musique, 2/11); La Grandville to Hebbert, 7/2002; La Grandville 2000, p. 4

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Comments:

La Grandville 2000, pp. 4-5

On museum’s website (seen via Musée de la musique, 2/11) (F+B [color]); La Grandville 2000, p. 4 (front 3/4, table ornament [color])

In poor condition when seen by La Grandville in 1989, converted to cello but fingerboard and bridge missing, open joints and cracks; absent without explanation from table of dimensions in his 2000 article. Nothing known by museum of former owner; no other viols in his collection of 78 instruments. Website: 3-piece back; decorated with tulips; old label inside reads “Sold by Humphrey Salter instrument Seller at the sign of the lute in St Paules Church Yard”; suggested date “vers 1680”, but Salter active 1683-1704. Table ornament Type IV.