8 July 1999
A TORTOISESHELL VENEERED TREBLE (ALTO) RECORDER
Attributed to Johann Heitz
stamped 'I Heitz', surmounted by a star on the fipple; ivory mounts with plain gold plaque on the footjoint
206 in. (51.6 cm.)
Rothschild inv. no. AR1396.
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P. T. Young, 4,900 Historical Woodwind Instruments, London, 1993, p. 123, no. 8.
Johann Heitz (fl. Berlin 1702-1737) was appointed court ornamental turner and musical instrument maker in 1710 and supplied recorders to the Munich court around 1719-21. It is documented that he made fifteen treble (alto) recorders of which ten are of boxwood with tortoiseshell veneer.
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