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Cornemuse

Cornemuse

  • Place of origin:

    France (Made)

  • Date:

    about 1750 - 1770 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    turned and bored ivory chanter, drone and mouthpiece; carved ivory and embossed silver plaque; figured silk back with metal trimming.

  • Museum number:

    523-1898

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The cornemuse is a French bagpipe, which was played in courtly circles from about 1670, with pieces written for it by Jean Philippe Rameau (1683–1764). It has a much softer and more flute-like sound than the more familiar Scottish version of this instrument. The windbag is made of air-tight, greased silk, covered with layers of silk, and the mouthpiece, chanter and drone are made of ivory.

Physical description

'Ivory pipes comprising chanter and a small drone placed alongside it. On the ivory stock which holds these, a carved ivory plaque of a dancing couple with a musician seated on a platform supported on barrels, playing an oboe. On the reverse side an embossed silver plaque with an almost identical scene. On the back of the chater, an oval silver plaque with an [unidentified] coat of arms.
No keys. Ivory blow-pipe. Bag covered with figured silk (French, of the third quarter of the eingteenth century), trimmed with metal lace.' Anthony Baines:Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments (London, 1998), pp. 102-103.

Place of Origin

France (Made)

Date

about 1750 - 1770 (Made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

turned and bored ivory chanter, drone and mouthpiece; carved ivory and embossed silver plaque; figured silk back with metal trimming.

Dimensions

Length: 23 cm visible length of chanter, Length: 18.6 cm Length of drone

Object history note

This item was bought by the South Kensington Museum for £17 - 17 - 0 (£17.85) in 1898.

Descriptive line

Cornemuse, Ivory pipes and figured silk bag, French, about 1750-1770.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Anthony Baines: Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments. (London, 1998), pp. 102-103

Materials

Ivory; Silk; Metal; Silver

Techniques

Turning; Drilling; Weaving; Embossing

Subjects depicted

Dancers; Musician; Oboe; Coat of arms

Categories

Musical instruments

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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