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Transverse Flute

Manufacturer:
Garion (French)
Date:
ca. 1720–40
Geography:
Paris, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Rosewood, ivory, silver
Dimensions:
L. 65.8 cm (25 7/8 in.); external diameter from head to foot 2.9 cm (1 1/8 in.) to 2.5 cm (1 in.); diameter of mount 3.6 cm (1 7/16 in.)
Classification:
Aerophone-Blow Hole-side-blown flute (transverse)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Robert Alonzo Lehman Bequest, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.365
Not on view
This flute is a late example of the three joint design pioneered by the Hotteterre family during the seventeenth century. Making flutes with separate joints instead of in one piece allowed instrument makers to have greater control over the tapering of the internal bore profile, which improved intonation and response. Although this flute lacks the Baroque-style decorative balusters and beads of Hotteterre-type flutes, its basic layout and tonehole placement mirrors that of Hotteterre's instruments.
Marking: Brand stamp on all three joints: GARION / dolphin.
Ed. Katharine Baetjer. Watteau, Music, and Theater. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2009, pg. 138-139, fig. 63, ill.



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