Tenor recorder, ca. 1600
Bassano Workshop (active 1530s–1650s)
Venice or London
Boxwood; L. 625 mm, L. of fipple 63 mm, W. of labium 16 mm
Purchase, Amati Gifts, 2010 (2010.205)
This rare example of a Renaissance tenor recorder made of a single piece of boxwood is typical of early woodwind instruments in that there are seven tone holes, six down the center and a pair of holes at the bottom that sound the same pitch. This arrangement allows a player to choose their own hand placement for the top and bottom holes. There is a single thumbhole on the back of the instrument.
The recorder bears the mark of the Bassano family, a moth, which appears once below the window and twice on the bottom edge of the instrument. Members of the Bassano family were active as musicians and woodwind makers in both Venice and London from the 1530s to the 1650s.