Flute

1815 (Made)
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Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Claude Laurent (fl. 1806 - 57) specialised in making crystal and cut glass flutes in Paris. His mounts and keys were made of silver and occasionally of gold. Laurent patented his first crystal flute in 1806, and continued to make innovations until as late as 1857. He was one of the first makers to fit his keys with steel springs, so as to make playing easier.


object details
Category
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Mouthpiece
  • Flute
  • Fragments
Materials and Techniques
Cut fluted glass joints, with crystal ornament and sliver mounts and keys.
Brief Description
Flute, cut glass with silver mounts, Claude Laurent, French, 1815.
Physical Description
"Fluted cut glass, in four joints, silver mounted. A threaded silver socket at the end of the head joint contains a removable silver cap containing a cut crystal jewel. At the other end of the head is attached a protecting silver lug which engages in a corresponding bar at the top of the next joint. On the main joints, five flat round silver keys are mounted on barrels turning on axels screwed into pillars soldered to base-plates cemented to the body of the instrument. There are two alternative foot joints, one with three keys, descending to C, the other with one key descending to D. Each of these foot joint keys terminates in a round plate, the underside of which carries a small axel-and-pillar mounting for the leather padded key-plate below, allowing this a rocking movement intended to ensure perfect covering of the hole when the key is closed." Anthony Baines, Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments (London, 1998), pp. 92 - 93.
Dimensions
  • Length with c foot joint length: 59cm
Marks and Inscriptions
Laurent à Paris, 1815/ Brèvetè (The inscription is engraved on the silver mount nearest the mouthpiece.)
Credit line
Given by Alfred Jones, Esq.
Object history
This instrument was given to the Victoria & Albert Museum by Alfred Jones in 1921.
Summary
Claude Laurent (fl. 1806 - 57) specialised in making crystal and cut glass flutes in Paris. His mounts and keys were made of silver and occasionally of gold. Laurent patented his first crystal flute in 1806, and continued to make innovations until as late as 1857. He was one of the first makers to fit his keys with steel springs, so as to make playing easier.
Bibliographic Reference
Anthony Baines:Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments. (London, 1998), pp. 92 - 93.
Collection
Accession Number
W.83-1921

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