Bassoon, Giosue Esposito (Naples, active late 19th century), Maple, nickel-silver, Italian

Bassoon

Maker:
Giosue Esposito (Naples, active late 19th century)
Date:
1881
Geography:
Naples, Italy
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Maple, nickel-silver
Dimensions:
Overall height: 51 3/4 in. (131.5 cm); External dimensions of box: 10.8 x 21.2 x 55.5 cm (4-1/4 x 8-3/8 x 21-7/8 in.)
Classification:
Aerophone-Reed Vibrated-double reed
Credit Line:
Purchase, Clara Mertens Bequest, in memory of André Mertens, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.150a–g
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 684
A revolutionizing model of basson, with twenty-four nickel-silver keys, was developed by the bassoonist Luigi Caccavaio in Naples. Its novelty concerns all major aspects of the instrument: bore, length of the wooden sections, and the key system which incorporates elements of the Boehm system. The Caccavaio-Esposito model was too different from the mainstream bassoons to be adoptable by bassoonists.
Marking: All wooden joints bear a stamp of the maker's name, bardly legible, on either joint. Combining the legible elements of the stamps, it is safe to assemble it to "GIOSUE ESPOSITO/NAPOLI /1881".