Clarinet in A and B-flat

about 1794
Michel Amlingue (French, active 1782–after 1830)

Object Place: Paris, France


Length 71.7 cm (28 1/4 in.) with A sections; 68.3 cm (26 7/8 in.) with sections

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ebony, ivory, brass

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Europe, Musical Instruments



Music: Du Sieur Abraham from Nouveaux recueils pour une clarinette seule by Abraham, about 1789 (performed by Diane Heffner)


Stamped on all joints: AMLINGUE / A PARIS / B; stamped on alternate barrel, and upper and middle bodyjoints: AMLINGUE / A PARIS / A; stamped on mouthpiece: [six-point star] / DUBOST / [six-point star]; engraved on brass plate on case: Bryant P. Tilden.


1794, sold by source unidentified, Bordeaux, France, to Captain Bryant P. Tilden (d. 1859), through his music teacher, D'Anglebert. By 1938, acquired by Mrs. Henry B. Chapin, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts; 1938, gift of Chapin to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 8, 1938)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Henry B. Chapin