about 1750–75
Probably by Baldassarre Biglioni (Italian, 1719–before 1793)

Object Place: Rome, Italy


Length 63.4 cm (24 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, ivory, silver

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



In C. Conoidal bore. Boxwood, varnished light yellow-brown. Ivory rings and headcap with boxwood cork-adjustment screw. Made in four parts: headjoint, upper and lower bodyjoints, and footjoint. Elliptical embouchure. Six fingerholes. Two trapezoidal keys (Young type H) of silver (c-sharp’ and d- sharp’). Key for c-sharp’ mounted on ring and block with SATK; d-sharp’ mounted on ring with SATW.


Stamped on headjoint, lower bodyjoint and footjoint: I / BIGLIONI / IN ROMA; Stamped on headjoint underneath headcap: 263; stamped on upper bodyjoint: 4 / I / BIGLIONI / IN ROMA


Before 1773, allegedly owned by J. J. Quantz (1697-1773), by descent to Albert Quantz; perhaps by 1873 (when Zoeller moved to England), sold by A. Quantz to Carli Zoeller (1840-1889), England; by 1916, sold by Zoeller to Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection