Double flageolet

about 1815
William Bainbridge (English, active 1803–1834)


Object Place: London, England

Dimensions

Length 40 cm (15 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1977.70

Medium or Technique

Boxwood, ivory, silver

On View

Sandra Sheppard Rodgers Gallery (Gallery 138B)

Collections

Europe, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

In . Conoidal bore. Boxwood with ivory tips and mouthpiece. Made in four principal parts; the cap, which serves as an air-chamber for both tubes; the lip-stock with a double-bore; two tubes of equal length. The lip-stock has two lips cut in it; each lip can be silenced by a cut-off shutter operated by a key. The left-hand tube has six finger-holes, of which the first one from the top is partially plugged; two silver keys nominally called D-sharp (?) and high D (both closed). The right-hand tube has four finger-holes; three keys, nominally called D-sharp (?), B, and C.

Inscription

Stamped: [crown] / BAINBRIDGE / HOLBORN / HILL / LONDON / PATENT

Provenance

December 10, 1973, Christie's, London, lot 4, to Edwin M. Ripin (1930-1975), Forest Hills, New York; 1977, sold by the estate of Edwin M. Ripin to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1977)

Credit Line

Edwin M. Ripin Collection, Gift of Robert B. Straus