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3D Object DCM 0378: Claude Laurent / Flute in C

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  • DCM 0378: Claude Laurent / Flute in C


  • Claude Laurent

Created / Published

  • Paris, 1813.


  • Physical Objects


  • -  DCM ledger: "This flute was presented to Pres. Madison by someone in France (Lafayette) as inscribed. It passed to Madison's adopted son Payne Todd; it was willed by the latter to Cornelius Boyle of Washington, D.C. and passed to his five heirs. It was purchased from them (Miss Fanny G. Boyle) for this collection. It had been exhibited in the National Museum prior to 1903." However, a letter recently found in the Madison papers at the Library of Congress documents that Laurent himself sent the flute to Madison. Letter from Claude Laurent to President Madison, 25 Mar. 1815: “A Monsieur Madison, Président des Etats Unis d’Amérique. Monsieur le Président, J’ai pris la liberté de vous adresser, il y a environ trois ans, une flûte en Cristal de mon invention. Veuillez bien me permettre de vous témoigner le desir que j’aurais d’apprendre si elle vous est parvenue & si ce faible hommage de mon industrie vous a été agréable. Je vous prie de vouloir bien agréer l’hommage de la considération la plus distinguée avec laquelle j’ai l’honneur d’être, Monsieur le Président, Votre très humble et très obeissant serviteur Laurent Quai de Givrer N° 34 Paris, le 25. Mars 1815.” Translation: “To Mr. Madison, President of the United States of America, Mr. President, I took the liberty of sending to you about three years ago, a crystal flute of my invention. Please allow me to express to you the desire that I would have to learn if it has reached you and if this feeble homage of my industry has been agreeable to you. I beg you to please accept the homage of the most distinguished respect with which I have the honor of being, Mr. President, your very humble and obedient servant Laurent Quai de Givrer N° 34 Paris, 25 March 1815.”
  • -  Instrument type: Flute in C
  • -  Medium: Clear glass, silver keys and ferrules, safety locks. Clear glass faceted end cap with hemispherical silver reflector behind, held in place by a silver ring.; 62.05 cm.
  • -  Key Holes System: 4 keys, round flat curved flaps, post and rod on silver flanges.
  • -  Mark Maximum: Laurent / à Paris, / 1813. (cursive)
  • -  Mark Additional: Mark on lower body. Mark on head: A.S.E. James Madison / President des Etats=unis.
  • -  Condition: Safety bracket detached from head joint ferrule.
  • -  Provenance: Estate of Cornelius Boyle, Miss Fanny G. Boyle, Washington, D.C., 6 Nov. 1923.


  • nonprojected graphic
  • photonegative


  • 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in.


  • DLC Music Division, Library of Congress

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