Violin By Nathaniel Cross, London 1730
Nathaniel Cross born 1686, died 1751 London UK. Son of an engraver, Nathaniel Cross took up violin making in the early 1700’s. Worked in partnership with Barak Norman though it is not known if Norman taught him. There is a Barak Norman viol of that dated 1713 which is inscribed ‘Nathaniel Cross wrought my back and belly’. In 1724 Cross’ name appears alongside Norman’s on a violin label with the address ‘St Paul’s Churchyard’. This is possible evidence of collaboration between the two makers, after Norman’s death in 1724 Cross began taking on his own assistants, including Alexander Kennedy, great-uncle of Thomas Kennedy. His output was significant, predominantly high-quality Stainer models. From 1725 Cross’ own label appears with the shop at ‘ye Crown in Piccadilly’. In 1730 he had moved to the George Inn, Aldersgate and in 1733 to St. James, Aldermanbury. His final move was to the ‘Bass Viol’ in Bow Churchyard, Cheapside.
A fine and handsome Violin bearing the makers original label. The one piece back of maple of faint medium-broad curl running from the treble flank down towards the bass flank. The ribs of mixed similar to medium-fine curl. The peg box and scroll of faint medium curl. The two piece front of spruce of medium grain in the centre broadening towards the flanks. The varnish of a warm, rich orange-brown colour on a yellow ground.
Nath_ll Cross, London 1730
- Length of back 356 mm
- Width upper bout 168 mm
- Width centre bout 115 mm
- Width lower bout 205 mm
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