DHV:
939
Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

GB, London

Maker:

Barak

Norman

Date:

1692

Barak Norman / At the basse viol / in St Pauls Ally / London Fecit / 1692 [handwritten]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA, New York, NY

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Metropolitan Museum of Art

No. of Strings:

6

Catalog Number:

1990.233

Head:

Open scroll

Previous Owner:

Dennis Nesbitt, London, -1990

Measurements:

Body Length:

63.6

String Length:

67.2

Rib Depth:

11.6

Upper Width:

29.1

Middle Width:

21.9

Bottom Width:

35.1

Information Source:

TGM visit 8/92; Libin 1991, p. 52; Sotheby's 6/14/90, lot 287

Literature:

Photographs:

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Museum’s website (FB+S [color]); Mackey 2013a; Hebbert 2001, pp. 291-92 (1692:2); Kaycoff 1992, p. 6; Libin 1991, p. 52; Montagu 1991, p. 103; Sotheby's 6/14/90, lot 287; Made for Music 1986, no. 2; Handel: A Celebration of his Life and Times, 1685-1759 (National Portrait Gallery, London, 1985), no. 79.

On museum’s website (front [color]); Mackey 2013 (F+B, head side [color]); Libin 1991, p. 52; (front [color]); Montagu 1991, p. 104 (front); Sotheby's 6/14/90, lot 287 (F+B [color]); Made for Music 1986, no. 2 (front 7/8)

Dupré 1956/58 (Purcell)

Sotheby's 1990/06/14, lot 287

Libin 1991: scroll, elaborately inlaid fingerboard & tailpiece are original. Very similar to 1692 bass at London, RCM. Cost £30,800 (= $56,056). Peknik, VdGSA News 9/92: Hasty restoration has led to cracks; fake damage marks in finish. Neck was once inset into table. Repair labels: “Restored by G. Saint George Mar. 1899 / new neck fingerboard etc. etc.” (handwritten); “Dietrich M. Kessler / of Zurich / London / Restored Jan. 1956” (printed except last line). Met’s dimensions 63.7, 28.9/21.5/34.8, 11.9, 67.0 (NB ribs 11.6 bottom, 11.9 center); Hebbert’s dimensions 63.7, 29.0/21.0/35.5, 11.8, 66.0; Mackey: 3-piece back; dimensions (probably on back) 63.6, 28.8/21.5/34.9, -. -. Dendrochronology done 1999 by Peter Klein reveals youngest tree tring in table is from 1667. Table ornament Type II, back center Type II, upper and lower Type II.