Tuerlinckx bassoon

At the request of the Vleeshuis Museum in Antwerp, the Léon Courtin – Marcelle Bouché Fund acquired an interesting early 19th century bassoon in 2017. The instrument, which has seven keys, was made by the Belgian instrument maker Jean Arnold Antoine Tuerlinckx (1753-1827) in his workshop in Mechelen.

The style and technique used by Tuerlinckx owe much to those used for contemporary French bassoons and are of a remarkable finish. Moreover, the instrument can still be played.

The Tuerlinckx bassoon is an excellent example of the speed of technical development that bassoons were undergoing around 1800. It enriches the collection of the Vleeshuis Museum as the very first bassoon from the Southern Netherlands made prior to 1830.

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Musical instrument
Material / technique: 
Rosewood, brass
130 cm
Type of acquisition: 
Acquired by the Léon Courtin – Marcelle Bouché Fund
Year of acquisition: 
Depository institution: 
Vleeshuis Museum, Antwerp