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Serpent

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Traditional serpent shape. Pearwood (?) body covered with leather, with later (?) green paint. Six fingerholes with ivory bushings. Brass bocal and ferrule. Period ivory mouthpiece.

Inscription

Stamped inside bell: BAUDOUIN

Provenance

Before 1945, Sarah Choate Sears (Mrs. Joseph Montgomery Sears) (1858-1935), Boston, Massachusetts; 1945, sold by the estate of Sarah Choate Sears to Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-1981), New York; 1981, by inheritance to her husband, Joseph R. Coolidge (1916-1999), New York; 1981, gift of Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1981)

Credit Line

Gift of Joseph R. Coolidge in memory of his wife, Peggy Stuart Coolidge

about 1820

Object Place

Paris, France

Dimensions

Length 84.7 cm (33 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1981.760

Medium or Technique

Pearwood, leather, brass, ivory

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Aerophones