Serpent Forveille

about 1830
Possibly by Forveille (French, active 1823–1839)


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Length 98 cm (38 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

1981.767

Medium or Technique

Fruitwood, brass

Not On View

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

Upright-type serpent as designed by Forveille. Leather-covered fruitwood body with brass leadpipe, bocal, and keys. Three round keys mounted on pillars. Lyre-shaped music holder screwed to bell.

Provenance

Before 1981, purchased at a Hi-Fi Shop on the Champs Elysées, Paris, by Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-1981), New York; 1981, by inheritance to her husband, Joseph R. Coolidge (1916-1999), New York; 1981, gift of Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1981)

Credit Line

Gift of Joseph R. Coolidge in memory of his wife, Peggy Stuart Coolidge