Austrian, 19th century
By Johann Tobias Uhlmann
Vienna, ca. 1825
Johann Tobias Uhlmann was the founder of a family of Viennese brass and woodwind instrument makers that contributed significantly to the transformation of the orchestral wind instruments in the first half of the 19th century. This oboe reflects the advanced state of development of the instrument in Vienna in the second decade of the century as typified by the influence of of Josef Sellner, oboist in the Court Orchestra. Sellner published in 1825 a widely acclaimed tutor (Theoretische-praktische Oboeschule) that remained in use throughout the century, both in Austria and abroad.
The upper joint and bell are stamped: “I. T. UHLMANN / WIENN,” with the device of an Austrian double eagle above and a five–pointed star below; the middle joint is stamped, “WIEN”, with
stars above and below. The instrument is of boxwood in three sections with four ivory rings. There are fourteen silver keys mounted in wooden saddles lined with silver. The tone holes
are lined with ivory.
Collection Purchase: The Friends of Music at Yale Fund
Accession No. 3416.1964