Case for recorders

16th century, Manufacturer: anonym



Case for recorders

Like almost all wind instruments of the Renaissance, recorders were made in families or consorts of instruments of different sizes. For practical reasons and for the protection of the instruments, an entire consort was kept in a single case. The case from the Este collection in Castle Catajo is designed for eight instruments, of which only six have survived. (rh)


Beatrix Darmstädter: Die Renaissanceblockflöten der Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente des Kunsthistorischen Museums, mit Beiträgen von Adrian Brown, in: Sammlungskataloge des Kunsthistorischen Museums, Bd. 3, hg. von Wilfried Seipel, Wien 2006.

Rudolf Hopfner: Masterpieces from the Collection of Historic Musical Instruments. A Short Guide through the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Vol. 1, Vienna 2019.

Currently not displayed.

Object data

Object Name

Case for recorders




16th century


Dimensions Cover size is a museum or exhibition-specific information. It does not specify the real dimensions of the musical instrument.

875 mm x 210 mm x 175 mm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente

Inv. No.

Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente, 170

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