Made by Claude Laurent / Transverse Flute in D Flat / 1813Made by Claude Laurent
Transverse Flute in D Flat

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Creator Name: Laurent, Claude
Creator Role: Maker
Creator Name-CRT: Made by Claude Laurent
Title: Transverse Flute in D Flat
Title Type: Object name
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Creation Start Date: 1813
Creation End Date: 1813
Creation Date: 1813
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Aerophone/flue blown/edge blown
Materials and Techniques: glass, brass
Dimensions: L. 24 3/4 in. (62.9 cm); L. of embouchure 21 13/16 in. (55.4 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 89.4.924
Credit Line: The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889

Claude Laurent, a Parisian watchmaker and mechanic, invented the technology to produce glass flutes that became an early 19th century novelty. He used lead crystal and other types of glass to make white, cobalt blue, and uranium green flutes. This fragile white crystal flute has four brass keys but Laurent manufactured more complicated key systems including one invented by Theobald Boehm (1794-1881), 'the father of the modern flute.' 'Crystal flutes' went out of style after Laurent's death but his innovative use of pillars to mount the keys became an industrial standard.

AMICA ID: MMA_.89.4.924
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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