Violine, Wenzel Kowansky | 1749 Maria Theresia bought this violin, made of rare and translucent tortoise-shell, for the Treasury on March 6, 1749. Wenzel Kowansky, known only as a case maker, produced this show piece probably in cooperation with one of the Viennese violinmakers. Not of wood, it is unsuitable for playing. It does, however, give a detailed picture of the baroque violin.
Courtois frères (Paris, France). Cornet à pistons in B–flat, 1833. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Amati Gifts, 2002 (2002.190a–n) | The cornet was invented in France in the 1820s as a valved version of the post horn. The instrument met immediate success and soon replaced keyed bugles as a favorite among audiences. #paris