Bass Viola da Gamba

Maker: Attributed to Barak Norman (British, 1651–1724 London)

Date: 1692

Geography: London, England, United Kingdom

Culture: British

Medium: Wood

Dimensions: Height: 25 1/16 in. (63.7 cm)
Width: 13 11/16 in. (34.8 cm)
Depth: 4 11/16 in. (11.9 cm)

Classification: Chordophone-Lute-bowed-fretted

Credit Line: Purchase, Clara Mertens Bequest, in memory of André Mertens, 1990

Accession Number: 1990.223

Description

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.

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