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Music: Excerpt from Sonata in G minor (Op. 2, No. 5) by Johann Christian Shickhardt, 1709/10 (performed by Joyce Alper)


Stamped on all joints: H RICHTERS / [trefoil]; engraved arebus: [a barrel, a winged hourglass, and a diagonal ladder above a globe surmounted by a cross] (Grasp time and learn to know the world), 'C' touch [Bacchus seated astride a barrel with a glass in hand], on the c' key flap;


Before 1985, E. van Tright, Berlicum, Holland. By 1985, acquired from source unidentified by Tony Bingham, London, England; 1985, sold by Bingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 23, 1985)

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund

about 1720

Object Place

Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Length 56.8 cm (22 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ebony, ivory, silver


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones