S 750  C. Rive  #396

S 750 C. Rive #396

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750

C. Rive

Paris, France

Stamp: (monogram) CR/ C. RIVE/ PARIS/ 396 on head and body. (monogram) CR/ 396 on foot.

Comments: There is a lot of love in this flute. There is nothing flashy here, just competence and quality; not even a quality of finishing like Godfroy had, but rather the quality of putting soul into a flute. This instrument would make a wonderful companion. It is not so perfect that you are afraid to touch it, yet there are wonderful visual surprises here and there, and a rich, compelling tone, with depths it will take years to plumb, and one's life may well change in the process.

Material: This flute is made of plated metal, vermeil, with steel springs. The plating is of the highest quality.

System: This flute is the standard Louis Lot Model 7, plated metal flute with foot to C. The trill is to Bb.

Condition: The condition of this flute is fantastic, notwithstanding a few insults. Most obviously, the E hole key has lost more of it's plating than other keys. There is a bit of plating gone from fingertip wear here and there, but something else happened here. It looks for all the world as though some idiot repair person buffed this key first, only then realizing what a mistake that was. Thank goodness this doesn't happen nowadays. As well, a little ding in the tube near the F# hole, and another one on the headjoint, show that this was a used flute, especially since the case appears original. All in all, this very nice flute is in excellent, modestly used condition. The headjoint (including the beautiful crown), other than a tiny dent, is perfect. The embouchure is seductive.

Pitch: Appears to be pitched at c.A=440.

Case: In apparently original case. marked, "C. Rive 93 Rue du Temple Paris". This was Rive's address until he sold the business to Robert in 1895.

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Photographs (click to enlarge):

There is a very lovely, feminine elegance about the Rive flute.  Here we see the fine tone holes on the body, and the delicate cups, ready to join together with the tone holes and the body to do their part in making beautiful music.
There is a very lovely, feminine elegance about the Rive flute. Here we see the fine tone holes on the body, and the delicate cups, ready to join together with the tone holes and the body to do their part in making beautiful music.
This embouchure is perfect.  One can even see the tip of the chimney, whose plating has been worn off by assiduous wiping.
This embouchure is perfect. One can even see the tip of the chimney, whose plating has been worn off by assiduous wiping.
Rive's engraving is always very nice.  Number 396 was probably made around 1883, assuming he made around 50 flutes per year.
Rive's engraving is always very nice. Number 396 was probably made around 1883, assuming he made around 50 flutes per year.
Rive's work is very fine, even on this plated instrument.  This arm almost evokes a bird's beak, holding the cup in her mouth.
Rive's work is very fine, even on this plated instrument. This arm almost evokes a bird's beak, holding the cup in her mouth.
The in-line mechanism is the brainchild of Lotfroy, the combined talents of V. H. Godfroy and Louis Lot during the years 1847-1855.
The in-line mechanism is the brainchild of Lotfroy, the combined talents of V. H. Godfroy and Louis Lot during the years 1847-1855.
The broad and bold lipplate grounds this jewell-like flute, giving maturity to ageless beauty.
The broad and bold lipplate grounds this jewell-like flute, giving maturity to ageless beauty.
The right-hand mechanism bears the only scar on this lovely flute.  Someone started to buff the flute with a steel brush or something.  Happily they stopped before doing further damage.
The right-hand mechanism bears the only scar on this lovely flute. Someone started to buff the flute with a steel brush or something. Happily they stopped before doing further damage.
The original case, with Rive's name and address on the lock.
The original case, with Rive's name and address on the lock.
The thumb key, with original kickers showing the flute was made with a Bb trill, and has not been altered.
The thumb key, with original kickers showing the flute was made with a Bb trill, and has not been altered.
The original case, like the flute, is in excellent yet used condition.The original case, like the flute, is in excellent yet used condition.
Rive's crown is intricate, delicate, and perfect.  Rive is listed as a jeweler in V.H. Godfroy's 1869 estate inventory.Rive's crown is intricate, delicate, and perfect. Rive is listed as a jeweler in V.H. Godfroy's 1869 estate inventory.
Rive's engraving is always elegant and perfect.  Here we also see the one-piece rib, or strap, which includes the trill key post.Rive's engraving is always elegant and perfect. Here we also see the one-piece rib, or strap, which includes the trill key post.
Here we see the mature, yet entirely non-aggressive footjoint touches, with the beautiful teardrop from Lotfroy.Here we see the mature, yet entirely non-aggressive footjoint touches, with the beautiful teardrop from Lotfroy.