HIGHLIGHT of the Collectors’ Sale conducted by Keys (10% buyer’s premium) in Aylsham was this silver-mounted ivory flute by Monzani.
Verona-born Tebaldo Monzani (1762-1839) a professional
flautist, composer and innovative instrument maker, came to London
in about 1785. His firm Monzani & Co. produced a great many
fine flutes from 1808 to 1829, when Monzani retired and his
collaborator Henry Hill continued the business as Hill, late
Monzani & Co. This example included silver mounts hallmarked
for 1827, so it was one of his last instruments, something
supported by the high serial number 2750 (Monzani is credited with
putting serial numbers on his instruments before anyone else). It
sold at £2200 (estimate £2000-2500).
More of a surprise at £720 was an HMV Intermediate Monarch
table-top gramophone complete with wooden horn which sold at £720
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