Muzio Clementi & Co. 8-Keyed Flute
- Description (Brief)
This flute was made by Muzio Clementi & Co. in London, England around 1802 to 1821. It is an 8-keyed flute made of rosewood with silver ferrules and keys. The flute is stamped:
274 [/] CLEMENTI & Co [/] LONDON [/] C.NICHOLSON'S [/] IMPROVED
The “Nicholson’s Improved” flute refers to British composer and flute player, Charles Nicholson (1795-1837) and his influence on flute design. Nicholson enlarged the embouchure hole and the tone-holes of his flutes, resulting in a stronger overall sound. He licensed a number of London flute makers, including Clementi & Co., to produce his “Nicholson’s Improved” flutes.
- This flute was previously owned by American portrait painter, Thomas Sully. It was played by Sully as a member of a quartet comprised of Benjamin Carr, Benjamin Cross, Charles Hupfeld, and Thomas Sully. Sully, Carr, and Cross founded one of the oldest musical societies in the United States in 1820.
- Currently not on view
- Date made
- Huckel, Earl W.
- Sully, Thomas
- Clementi & Co., Muzio
- Muzio Clementi & Co.
- place made
- United Kingdom: England, London
- Physical Description
- rosewood (overall material)
- silver (overall material)
- overall: 66.7 cm; x 26 1/4 in
- overall: 26 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 67.31 cm x 3.81 cm
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- Credit Line
- Gift of Earle W. Huckel
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History