Flute

1837
Claude Laurent (French, active 1805–1848)


Object Place: Paris, France

Dimensions

Length 61.6 cm (24 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1994.241

Medium or Technique

Crystal glass, silver

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

Collections

Europe, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

Body of crystal glass, cut with eight flutes. Made in three parts: head, body, and foot. Body and foot join with screw threads; head and body join with socket and tenon. Ferrules of silver. Headcap inset with mother-of-pearl. Five cupped keys of silver (d-sharp1, f1, g-sharp1, b-flat1, and c2), mounted on posts. Original partitioned case of mahogany, lined with red embossed paper. Cork-grease container of wood, wood-handled screwdriver, swab of green cloth on cloth-wrapped wire handle, and key for locking case.

Inscription

Engraved on silver ferrule on headjoint: C. LAURENT, A PARIS 1837. / PALAIS ROYAL No. 65. / Breveté

Provenance

Before 1994, property of a collector, France; by 1994, sold by French collector to Tony Bingham, London; 1994, sold by Bingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 26, 1994)

Credit Line

Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund