Soprano Recorder, Johann Benedict Gahn, Nuremberg, ca. 1710
Johann Benedict Gahn (1674-1711)
Intricately carved, this ivory recorder embodies the exquisite craftsmanship of Nuremberg maker Johann Benedict Gahn. A mask surrounded by acanthus leaves, Gahn’s elaborate baroque ornament is associated with a particular style of carving within the Nuremberg musical instrument making tradition. Gahn apprenticed in ivory turning and began producing recorders and oboes by 1698. He is best known for extravagant ivory recorders adorned with carvings of fish, flowers, and architectural motifs.