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Ornately-carved Clarinet Bell, ca. 1800

NMM 4146. Clarinet bell by Carobi, Clusone, Italy, ca. 1800 NMM 4146. Clarinet bell by Carobi, Clusone, Italy, ca. 1800

NMM 4146. Clarinet bell by Carobi, Clusone (a mountain town northeast of Bergamo), Italy, ca. 1800. Boxwood. The remarkable carving features a pipe organ surmounted by an angel with spread wings, eleven musicians playing brass, wind, and stringed instruments, and three saints. Two complete Carobi clarinets survive in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nürnberg, Germany, and the LaScala Collection in Milan, Italy. A second Carobi clarinet bell survives at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan. Gift of Bernhard von Hünerbein, Cologne, Germany, 1987.


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