Barak Norman, Bass Viol, Saint Paul’s alley, fecit 1691
No. of Strings:
Herzog 2003, D-27; Christie’s 11/13/02, lot 107
Herzog 2003, D-27; Christie’s 11/13/02, lot 107; Hebbert 2001, p. 315 (X:41); Montagu 1989, p. 567; Christie’s 6/14/1989, lot 137
Christie’s 11/13/02, lot 107 (back); Herzog 2003, D-27 (front, head 3/4), also received directly from Herzog
Christie’s 2002/01/13, lot 107
Christie’s: string length 67.5; offered as “labeled Barak Norman”: 6-piece table, 2-piece back; pointed corners, sloping shoulders, very curly C-holes. Christie’s said neck and head later than body, but B. Hebbert thinks head original, and instrument is 18th-C. German; bass bar also seems original. Bridge marked Chanot & Chardon, Paris, probably dating from “cellamba” conversion. Herzog 2003: single purfling front and back; “signs ... indicating an original neck similar to most English viols”; bridge height and neck angle very cello-like. W. Monical to TGM 10/16: not S. German, though neck attachment is Germanic; body corners somewhat like Rombouts, or Hintz, or Nuremberg School.