Basset-horn in F

Jakob Friedrich Grundmann (German, 1727–1800)

Object Place: Dresden, Germany


Approximate length of air column 110 cm (43 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Boxwood, horn, brass

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



In F. Boxwood, stained light yellow-brown. Horn rings. Brass bell. Cocuswood mouthpiece (later). Made in seven parts: mouthpiece, barrel (bent backward), upper bodyjoint, knee (120-degree bend), lower bodyjoint, kasten, and bell. Six fingerholes and one thumbhole. Seven square keys (Young type C) of brass (c, e, f-sharp, f, g-sharp, a’, and speaker), mounted on rings with SATK.


Stamped on kasten: [crossed swords] / GRUNDMAN / DRESDEN / 1791 / 2; stamped on upper bodyjoint: [crossed swords] / GRUNDMANN / 1; stamped on lower bodyjoint: [crossed swords] / GRUNDMANN / 2; stamped on knee: [crossed swords]; stamped on mouthpiece: SAX


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. 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