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Bass Viola da Gamba

Attributed to Barak Norman (British, 1651–1724 London)
London, England, United Kingdom
Height: 25 1/16 in. (63.7 cm) Width: 13 11/16 in. (34.8 cm) Depth: 4 11/16 in. (11.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Clara Mertens Bequest, in memory of André Mertens, 1990
Accession Number:
Not on view
The instrument was restored by the noted English maker George Saint George in 1899. He fitted a new neck, fingerboard, and tailpiece, transferring the original decorative inlaid facing to the new parts. This instrument, previously converted to a cello, was reconverted to a gamba by the noted English maker George Saint George in 1899 when he fitted it with a new neck and fingerboard. The instrument was received further repairs in 1956 by Dietrich M. Kessler.
Marking: 1) (labelled) Barak Norman, at the Bass Viol in St. Paul's Ally, London Fecit 1692; 2) (repair labels) Restored by G. Saint George May, 1899. new neck, fingerboard, etc.; and 3) Dietrich M. Kessler/of Zurich/London/restored Jan. 1956
Dennis Nesbitt
"Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1990-1991." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1991), pg. 52, ill.

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