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Bassoon

Bassoon

  • Place of origin:

    London (Made)

  • Date:

    1810 - 1830 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Key, Thomas (Maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Turned and bored fruitwood tubing with brass mounts and keys.

  • Museum number:

    289-1882

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Bassoons cover the lower ranges of the woodwind section of an orchestra.. This example was made by Thomas Key (fl. 1800 - 1850), a specialist in woodwind and brass instruments, especially those used in military bands. By 1809 Key styled himself 'Musical Instrument Maker to their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales, Dukes of York, Kent, Cumberland and Cambridge', and he is known to have traded from Pall Mall, London, until 1813 and in Charing Cross, by 1836.

Physical description

'Of fruitwood, in four joints, brass mounted. Bell shape as on 23/9 [i.e. bassoon by Goulding (Museum no.: 637-1872)]. Eight brass keys, of which the two thumb keys on the wing joint differ from the others being square' - Anthony Baines:Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments (London, 1998), p. 99.

Place of Origin

London (Made)

Date

1810 - 1830 (Made)

Artist/maker

Key, Thomas (Maker)

Materials and Techniques

Turned and bored fruitwood tubing with brass mounts and keys.

Marks and inscriptions

Key London
Stamped on the wooden tubing

Dimensions

Height: 123.5 cm

Object history note

This instrument was bought by the museum in 1882 for ten shillings (£0.50p). It had been part of the collections of Carl Engel (1818-1882), an eminent musicologist from Hanover, who published the Descriptive Catalogue of the Musical Instruments in the South Kensington Museum in 1874. The South Kensington Museum has been known as the Victoria & Albert Museum since 1899.

Descriptive line

Bassoon, fruitwood with brass mounts and keys, Thomas Key, English, 1810-30.

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), p. 99.

Materials

Fruitwood; Brass

Techniques

Turning; Boring

Categories

Musical instruments

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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