Friedrich Gabriel August Kirst (German, Dresden ca. 1750–1806 Berlin)
Boxwood, silver, ivory
L. 63.7 cm (25 3/32 in.) with joint 3 and D-foot
Aerophone-Blow Hole-side-blown flute (transverse)
Purchase, Robert Alonzo Lehman Bequest, 2005
Not on view
Kirst was one of the foremost German flute makers of his generation. The instrument comes with four exchangeable upper-middle sections to tune the flute in different pitches, and an additional C-foot for the notes c-sharp and c.
Marking: Stamped at all the joints F.G.A. KIRST/POTSDAM; surmounted with the device of a Prussian eagle.
Four corps de rechange stamped 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively.