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Serpent Forveille

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Upright-type serpent as designed by Forveille. Leather-covered fruitwood body with brass leadpipe, bocal, and keys. Three round keys mounted on pillars. Lyre-shaped music holder screwed to bell.


Before 1981, purchased at a Hi-Fi Shop on the Champs Elysées, Paris, by 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 1830

  • Possibly by Forveille, French, active 1823–1839
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Length 98 cm (38 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Fruitwood, brass


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones