DHV:
711
Tourin ID:
PARIS 21

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

GB, London

Maker:

Barak

Norman

Date:

1723

Barak Norman / at the Bass Viol in / St Pauls Church yd / London Fecit 1723; Barak / Norman / London [stamped on table]; BN monogram in center of back

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

F, Paris

Sound Holes:

F

Collection:

Musée de la musique

No. of Strings:

7

Catalog Number:

E.1080 (formerly C.1038)

Head:

Female

Previous Owner:

M Mannheim, -1887; Charles Voillemot, Paris, -1886

Measurements:

Body Length:

66.5

String Length:

60-62

Rib Depth:

11.7

Upper Width:

31

Middle Width:

23.8

Bottom Width:

37.4

Information Source:

Museum’s website; Gétreau 1996, p. 677; PT visits 6/77 & 9/78

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Comments:

Hebbert 2001, pp. 306-07 (1723:1); Gétreau 1996, pp. 254, 677; Pillaut 1894, p. 9

On museum’s website (FB+S, head side; front 7/8, head 3/4 [color]); Clemencic n.d., p. 70 (FB+S); [unpublished, in Heale Archive: B+S full length, F+B body only, head FB+S, label through soundhole]

F-holes recut from C-holes; 3-piece table, 2-piece back, double purfling. Table ornament Type VI, back center BN monogram, upper and lower large and unusual fleurs de lys, plus smaller ones at 4 corners (also on pegs and tailpiece). Hebbert 2001: “correctly set up for seven strings...possibly for a French customer.” Also (pvt. comm., 11/05), head does not belong to pegbox; plain fingerboard and inlaid, sculpted tailpiece also not original. Museum’s dimensions 66.5, 29.0/-/37.0, 12.0, -.