English horn

Andrea Fornari (Italian, 1753–1841)

Object Place: Venice, Italy


Length 75.2 cm (29 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pearwood, leather, horn, ivory, brass

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



In F. The lowest tone is f. Curved form. Six keys. Made in three parts; two curved, leather-covered body-joints of pearwood tipped with horn and ivory ferrules, and a pear-shaped bell with a Liebefuss, also tipped with ivory. Six finger-holes in the front, of which the third is doubled. The key mechanism was made in three stages: (I) the original keys, c and d- sharp, are flat brass keys mounted on knobs; (2) the c-sharp, g-sharp, and b- flat keys are mounted on brass saddles, and were added; (3) the speaker key is located at the front and is connected by a bent link to the thumb-lever at the back, both the speaker key and the thumb-lever being mounted on pillars. Young types A and AF; SATK and SATW.


Stamped on bell: [encircled by twelve 8-point stars: FORNARI / A VENEZIA]


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