DHV:
1508
Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

GB, London

Maker:

Barak

Norman

Date:

1715

Barak Norman / at the Bass Viol in / St Pauls Church=yd: / London Fecit / 1715 [printed except 1715; last digit unclear]; BN monogram in center of back

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA, New York, NY

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Private collection

No. of Strings:

6

Catalog Number:

Head:

Open scroll

Previous Owner:

Mary Cyr, Montreal and Guelph, Canada, 1985-2009; Joshua Barkin (and his widow), El Cerrito, Calif., -1985

Measurements:

Body Length:

65.8

String Length:

65.4

Rib Depth:

11.6

Upper Width:

29.6

Middle Width:

22

Bottom Width:

35.4

Information Source:

TGM visit 9/10; D. Zuchowicz to TGM, 2/09; M. Cyr to TGM, 1/09

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Comments:

[By TGM: back (full, body only, and ornament details), table ornament, fingerboard, label (color)]; [unpublished, from M. Cyr: front; from D. Zuchowicz: front 3/4, head 3/4, label (color)]

3-piece table (narrow center piece). Last digit of date unclear; could also be 3 or 8. Scroll original; (plain) tailpiece not. Inlaid fingerboard also original, but narrowed to cello width, then widened with ebony edging by D. Kessler. He had restored the instrument before M. Cyr acquired it (including current bridge); no work done since then. Has old case, probably 19th C., made to fit this instrument. Joshua Barkin was a forest ranger and amateur gambist. Table ornament Type IV back center BN monogram, upper and lower Type II.