DHV:
794
Tourin ID:
SMITH 1

1718

Bass

Barak

Norman

# of Strings:

6

Place Made:

GB, London

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA, Washington, DC

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Smithsonian Institution

Head:

Male

Catalog Number:

65.1412

Label Text:

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

Measurements:

String Length:

68.5

Total Length:

Body Length:

67.8

Upper Width:

30.8

Rib Depth:

12.7

Middle Width:

23

Bottom Width:

37.7

Previous Owner:

W.E. Hill & Sons, London, 1961-65; Mabel Chaplin (& heirs), London, 1915-61; Hill & Sons, -1915; George Saint George

Information Source:

TGM visits 1992-94; Monical 1989, pp.18-9; Smithsonian files; JVdGSA 4 (1967): 50-2

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Comments:

Hebbert 2001, pp. 302-03 (1718:1); Monical 1989, pp.18-9; Yokoyama 1986, pp. 170-72; JVdGSA 4 (1967): 50-2

Monical 1989, pp.18-9 (FB+S, head 3/4); Yokoyama 1986, pp. 127-31 (F+B, head 3/4, details of neck foot, hookbar, center bout; all color); Slowik 1982 (Smithsonian Recordings N 029), pp. 8 (table ornament), 12 (FB+S); Evett 1970, cover (head 3/4) & p. 58 (front 7/8); JVdGSA 4 (1967), 50-1 (FB+S)

Slowik 1982 (Handel); Davidoff 1970 (Bach Violin)

Original neck, pegbox and head. Table ornament Type VI, back center BN monogram, upper Type IIIa, lower Type III; double purfling on both table and back, extensive decoration on ribs. Pegbox has carved back and sides, also purfling outline on back, sides, and front edges. Fingerboard and tailpiece ebony veneer with double ivory lines on 3 edges; per Monical, former is original, latter only old; bridge by Monical. Monical (and Smithsonian database) dimensions 67.8, 30.7/23.1/37.6, 12.7, 68.6.