Charles Joseph Sax (Belgian, Dinant, Belgium 1790–1865 Paris)
Ivory, brass, gold-plated silver
Height: 26 3/4 in. (68 cm)
Aerophone-Reed Vibrated-single reed cylindrical
Funds from various donors, 1953
Not on view
The ivory body of this clarinet and its ornate gold plated keys suggest that it was a special commission or presentation piece. Its bell proclaims Sax’s status as musical instrument maker to the court of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This instrument is also distinguished by its early use of Ivan Müller’s improved thirteen-key system, which became the preferred choice of most clarinet players until the beginning of the twentieth century.
Marking: Marked: C. Sax, Facteur de Roi, à Bruxelles and bearing the Prince of Orange's motto and arms.
[ Rembert Wurlitzer , New York]
"Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1978), Vol. XXXV, No. 3, pg. 39, ill.
Musical Instruments of the Western World. McGraw Hill Book Company. New York, Toronto, 1967, pg. 240-241, fig. 96, ill.