8 July 1999
A SMALL SILVER HUNTING HORN
Attributed to Michael Leichamschneider
Engraved 'Michael Leicham/Schneider/in Wein 1713' on the garland and decorated with huntsmen on horseback in high relief between stylised trees with a turned mouthpiece
6 in. (16.6 cm.) long overall
Rothschild inv. no. AR1765.
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1903 Theresianumgasse Inventory, p. 38, no. 76.
W. Waterhouse, The New Langwill Index, A Dictionary of Musical Wind-Instrument Makers and Inventors, London, 1993, p. 232, incorrectly dated to 1711.
Michael Leichamschneider (1676-1748) worked in Vienna from 1700, when he took the citizen's oath, to 1739, when he moved to Leipzig. He is considered to have been responsible for developing the horn into a concert instrument.
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