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Transverse Flute in D-flat

Claude Laurent

Date:
1813
Geography:
Paris, France
Medium:
Glass, brass
Dimensions:
L. 62.9 cm (24 3/4 in.)
Classification:
Aerophone-Blow Hole-side-blown flute (transverse)
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.924
  • Description

    Claude Laurent, a Parisian watchmaker and mechanic, invented the technology to produce glass flutes that became an early 19th century novelty. He used lead crystal and other types of glass to make white, cobalt blue, and uranium green flutes. This fragile white crystal flute has four brass keys but Laurent manufactured more complicated key systems including one invented by Theobald Boehm (1794–1881), "the father of the modern flute." "Crystal flutes" went out of style after Laurent's death but his innovative use of pillars to mount the keys became an industrial standard.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Marking: Laurent à Paris/1813

  • Provenance

    Ct. de Bricqueville

  • References

    Jan Boland , flute, Amy Boland , flute, John Dowdall , guitar in Crystal to Gold: Precious Flutes and Guitars from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. CD. Recording., 1999 Fleur de Son Classics, Ltd.. 1999.

    A Checklist of European & American Fifes, Piccolos, & Transverse Flutes. 2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, pg. 12.

    Hosted by Laurence Libin in Lend Us Your Ears: A Series of Twelve Radio Programs. CD. Recording., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1978.

    A Checklist of Western European Fifes, Piccolos, and Transverse Flutes. 1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1977, pg. 7.

    Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 130.



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