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Two Flutes by Richard Potter, ca. 1750-1770

Richard Potter (1726-1806) was one of the most important flute makers in late 18th-century London. After completing his apprenticeship and employment as a journeyman, he established his own shop shortly after 1750. These two flutes are representative examples of Richard Potter's early period of flute production, prior to the late 1760s, when Potter began signing his flutes POTTER / SENIOR.

NMM 4166.  Flute by Richard Potter, ca. 1750-1770
NMM 4166.  Flute by Richard Potter, ca. 1750-1770

NMM 4166.  Flute by Richard Potter, London, ca. 1750-1770. Conical. Four sections. Stamped on all sections: POTTER / LONDON (in bipartite scroll). Boxwood, ivory mounts. One closed, silver key: D-sharp. Lowest note d'. Total length, 602.2 mm. Sounding length, 544.2 mm. Ex coll.: Efrim Fruchtman, Memphis. Arne B. and Jeanne F. Larson Endowment Fund, 1987.


NMM 4438.  Flute by Richard Potter, London, ca. 1750-1770. Conical. Four sections. Stamped on all sections: POTTER / LONDON (in bipartite scroll). Boxwood, ivory mounts. One closed, silver key: D-sharp. Lowest note d'. Total length, 605.4 mm. Sounding length, 535 mm. Ex coll.: Alec Hodsdon, Lavenham, England. Arne B. Larson Estate, 1988.

NMM 4438.  Flute by Richard Potter, ca. 1750-1770

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