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Bassoon in C

Maker:
Jean-Jacques Baumann (French, Paris 1772–1845 Paris)
Maker:
Keys by C.H. Felix (French, Paris flourished 1825–1830)
Date:
ca. 1813–25
Geography:
Paris, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Maple, brass
Dimensions:
Height: 50 3/8 in. (127.9 cm)
Classification:
Aerophone-Reed Vibrated-double reed
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.885
Not on view
The instrument has two alternative wing joints for high and low pitch, and a screw to adjust the bocal. The keys and metal parts were designed in 1813 and made by C. H. Felix in Paris, as an inscription states. Felix's design consists only in the decorative aspect of the keys, not in their number and placement.
Marking: 1) (stamped on wings and butt) (5 pointed star)/lyre/BAUMANN/A PARIS/(5-pointed star) (the wings also marked 1 and 2 under the stamp)
2) (on keyshank) Invente par C.H. Felix mecanicien a Paris/ en 1813
3) (on key protector) D G F (in scroll)
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Jayson Kerr Dobney, Bradley Strauchen-Scherer. Musical Instruments: Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. First Printing. @2015 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New York, 2015, p. 113, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 148.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments of All Nations: I. Europe, Galleries 25 and 26, Central Cases of Galleries 27 and 28. Catalogue., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, vol. 13, pg. 148.



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