Claude Laurent (French, Langres active 1805–1848 Paris)
Height: 24 3/4 in. (62.9 cm)
Aerophone-Blow Hole-side-blown flute (transverse)
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Not on view
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.
Marking: Laurent à Paris/1813
Count Eugene Henri-Joseph de Bricqueville ; Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Jan Boland , flute, Amy Boland , flute, John Dowdall , guitar inCrystal 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 inLend 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.
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. 130.