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"Beethoven & Berlioz, Paris & Vienna:
Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution & Romance
This showpiece, with silver ferrules and four silver keys topped with yellow jewels, survives in remarkable condition. Although glass is more stable than wood and does not react to temperature and humidity changes, glass is easily damaged, so Laurent's instruments, although they played well, were deemed impractical and survive only in the hands of collectors, rather than players. The glass in some of the Laurent flutes also contained too much zinc, which migrates out, leaving the material pitted and opaque. Fortunately, that is not the case in this instance. Purchase funds gift of Tom and Cindy Lillibridge, Bonesteel, South Dakota, 2002.
Source: André P. Larson, Beethoven & Berlioz, Paris & Vienna: Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution & Romance 1789-1848, with essay by John Koster, exhibition catalog, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, September 12-November 2, 2003 (Vermillion: National Music Museum 2003), pp. 40-41.