mid-19th century
P. L. Gautrot L'aîné (French, 1845–after 1884)

Object Place: Paris, France


Length 39.3 cm (15 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ebony, nickel silver

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



In G’ low chamber pitch (a’=420). Seven German-silver keys. Small taper conoidal bore with a slight flare at the bottom. Ebony, German- silver tips, ivory mouthpiece. Made in four parts: the mouthpiece pipe, the air chamber joint, the lip joint, and the body joint containing the finger- holes. Four finger-holes in front, two thumb-holes in the rear. The keys are D-sharp, F-sharp, G-sharp, B-flat, C-natural, high E-flat, and two shake keys with long levers for a semi-tone and one tone shakes for all the tones, including the cross-fingerings.


Stamped on body: [lyre] / GAUTROT AINE / BREVETE / A PARIS / [trademark]


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