Silver Mounted Transverse Glass Flute

Object Name: 
Silver Mounted Transverse Glass Flute

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Object Name: 
Silver Mounted Transverse Glass Flute
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall L: 62.1 cm, Diam (max): 3 cm
Not on Display
Web Description: 
In 1806, the Parisian watchmaker Claude Laurent received a patent for un flute en cristal. The patent claims that “the inventor has discovered that glass is a proper material, as it gives sounds of the sweetness and purity desired, and also renders the tones invariable, and makes the instrument convenient and easy to play.” Laurent exhibited his first glass flute in 1806 in Paris, and stayed in business until 1848, when he was succeeded by J. D. Breton, who made flutes of wood and of glass until 1874. Glass flutes were beautiful to look at and reliable instruments, but, according to Dayton Miller (“Flutes of Glass,” The Flutist, v. 6, no. 7, 1925, pp. 151–155) not exceptional in their tone quality. Thus, they were not aimed for professional performance, but rather for representational purposes. The flute recently acquired by the Corning Museum was made for Charles Ferdinand Artois, Duc de Berry (1757–1836), the second son of King Charles X of France. It is engraved with Artois' coat of arms.
Sotheby's, Source
Coat of Arms
Engraved On fourth wide silver band coat of arms of Charles Ferdinand d'Artois
Laurent / a Paris / 1814
Engraved On second wide silver band in script
Primary Description: 
Silver Mounted Transverse Glass Flute. Colorless lead and non-lead glasses, silver, cork, rock crystal; blown, cut, drilled, silver-mounted, engraved, drawn. Flute in four sections, each faceted length is mounted with silver keys and bands, engraved with the coat of arms of Charles Ferdinand d'Artois. Inscribed " Laurent a Paris 1814."
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2007 (2008) illustrated, p. 9; BIB# AI90242
Mallett at Bourdon House (2007-03-09) lot 1043; BIB# 96831
Masters of Studio Glass: Joel Philip Myers and Steven I. Weinberg (2007) illustrated, p. 11, top; BIB# AI75855