South Germany or Saxony / Transverse Flute / ca. 1760-90South Germany or Saxony
Transverse Flute
ca. 1760-90

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Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Name-CRT: South Germany or Saxony
Title: Transverse Flute
Title Type: Object name
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Creation Start Date: 1760
Creation End Date: 1790
Creation Date: ca. 1760-90
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Aerophone/flue blown/edge blown
Materials and Techniques: Hard-paste porcelain, gold-plated brass
Dimensions: L. 24 5/16 in. (61.7 cm); L. of embouchure 21 3/8 in. (54.2 cm); L. with corps de rechange 24 1/2 in. (62.6 cm); L. of embouchure 21 3/4 in. (55.2 cm); L. with corps de rechange 24 3/4 in. (63 cm); L. of embouchure 21 7/8 in. (55.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 43.34a-g
Credit Line: Gift of Thornton R. Wilson, in memory of Florence Elsworth Wilson, 1943

Johan Friedrich Böttger's rediscovery of hard-paste porcelain in 1708 was the basis of a new luxury industry. Makers explored all kinds of applications in the new medium. Porcelain musical instruments posed enormous problems since during drying and firing there occurred substantial shrinkage. In the kiln, wet porcelain matter shrinks by a third of its volume so large molds had to be made to guarantee the precise final dimensions of bore, finger- and embouchure hole. Wooden flutes are easily fine-tuned and voiced by drilling; porcelain, however, makes later manipulations problematic. Porcelain flutes and carillons were rare, but ocarinas like one from Dresden in the Museum's collection were more common. After the porcelain sections of this flute, including its decoration, had been fired, a goldsmith completed the metal work, making joints, sockets, cap and key. Porcelain flutes were known only in the circles of high nobility.

Context - Place: South Germany or Saxony
AMICA ID: MMA_.43.34a-g
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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