Alto flute (flûte d'amour)

about 1720–30
Johann Wilhelm Oberlender I (German, 1681–1763)

Object Place: Nuremberg, Germany


Length 73.5 cm (28 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, brass

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



In A (?). Conoidal bore. Boxwood, stained yellow-brown. Made in four parts: headjoint, upper and lower bodyjoints, and footjoint. Elliptical embouchure. Six fingerholes. One trapezoidal key (Young type J) of brass (d’-sharp’), mounted on ring with SATW.


Stamped on all joints: [in scroll: I. W. OBERLENDER] / 0; written inside headcap: KRAFFT


Before 1809, allegedly owned by Krafft (or Kraft), a cellist for Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809); by 1916, acquired by 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