Bass ophicleide

about 1820–25
Jean Hilaire Asté (French, about 1775–about 1840)


Object Place: Paris, France

Dimensions

Length 108 cm (42 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1981.137

Medium or Technique

Brass

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

Baritone in C. Brass Conoidal bore throughout. Nine flat keys mounted on pillars. Made in two principal parts: a crook wound round twice; and the main U-shaped conoidal body with narrow flare at the bell end. Funnel-shaped mouthpiece. The keys give the following nominal tones: B, c-sharp, d, e-flat, e, f, g, a, and b-flat. The third and fifth keys (counting from the bell) are located at the back and are operated by the left and right-hand thumbs respectively.

Inscription

Stamped on bell rim: HALARI FACTEUR DE LA MAISON DU ROI BREVETE D'INVENTION ET DE PERFECTIONEMENT RUE MAZATINE A PARIS / [seal]

Provenance

1981, sold by Harold Priest, Harvard, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 13, 1981)

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund