DHV:
238
Tourin ID:
DOLM 10

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

GB, London

Maker:

Barak

Norman

Date:

1718

Barak Norman at the Bass Viol in / St. Pauls Church-yd: London Fecit 1718 [printed except 1718]; Barak Norman London [stamped on table, worn]; BN monogram in center of back

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA, Arlington, VA

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Private collection

No. of Strings:

7

Catalog Number:

Head:

Open scroll

Previous Owner:

Jeanne Dolmetsch, -1980; Ruth Daniells

Measurements:

Body Length:

69.1

String Length:

69.4

Rib Depth:

12.7

Upper Width:

32.6

Middle Width:

23.7

Bottom Width:

39

Information Source:

TGM visit 5/02; Sotheby’s 11/21/01, lot 361; Sotheby’s 5/22/80, lot 381; Dolmetsch 1978, p. 68; PT visit 6/77

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Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Herzog 2003, GB-13; Montagu 2002, p. 152; Sotheby’s 11/21/01, lot 361; Hebbert 2001, p. 303 (1718:2); Wells 1980, p. 517; Sotheby’s 5/22/80, lot 381; Dolmetsch 1978, p. 68

Sotheby’s 11/21/01, lot 361 (F+B); Sotheby’s 5/22/80, lot 381 (F+B); Dolmetsch 1978, p. 69 (back 7/8); [by TGM: FB+S, head side, table ornament (color)]; [unpublshed, from J. Moran: label (color)]

Sotheby’s 2001/11/21, lot 361; 1980/05/22, lot 381

2-piece table, arched back with double purfling on both (single around C-holes). Rounded shoulders; clear graft between scroll and pegbox. 6 strings in 1978 and 1980 photos, but 7 in 2001, along with new fingerboard and tailpiece. (Montagu 2002: “with new neck and fittings...converted to seven strings...sold for £21,200.”) Dolmetsch 1978: scroll original; label text given as “Barak Norman at the Bass Violin London Fecit 1718”. Tourin dimensions 68.5, 33.0/-/39.3, 12.5, 68.0. (Sotheby’s condition report sent to John Moran gave dimensions, undoubtedly on back, as 68.7, 33.0/24.0/39.2, -, 69.3.) Table ornament Type IV, back center BN monogram, none upper and lower.