|Title:||Original Heinrich Fiehn Ocarina|
|Item URL:||Click Here To View|
|Description:||I have an original Heinrich Fiehn Ocarina.I found an exact picture under the Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection that is placed in the Library of Congress Music Division.You can bring up a picture by clicking on this...http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.music/dcmflute.0883.My ocarina isn't in as good of condition as the one in that collection, however some of the gold lettering is still on the piece.It is stamped.I am 100% sure I have an original just like this ocarina.|
|Condition:||There are no cracks or broken pieces.The one pointed end has the original gold paint on it and the other is worn with paint loss and some old chipping of the clay.The clay is exposed on that end.There is some gold lettering still intact and wear around the holes and mouthpiece. This ocarina was definitely played and well loved, however it still has alot of the original paint and some traces of the gold lettering on it.|
|Origin:||purchased it at a vintage second hand shop.|
|Provenance:||No, the item hasn't been sold at auction. I did find info on an ocarina like mine on the internet . I would be interested in selling the ocarina.There are traces of gold lettering that is definitely hand painted and in the one stamp the only visible lettering is Made in Austria.Any info on where to sell or auction the piece would be helpful.|
|Appraised By:||George Smith|
|Appraiser Comments:||I have located several examples of this ancient instrument that has roots that go back thousands of years in Chinese and South American cultures..these instruments were made to mimic the sounds of birds many thousands of years ago and may have had some type of survival benefits attached to them which later evolved into pure entertainment.. European models of this charming instrument date back a mere few hundred years as they were brought back from China in the 13th and 14th centuries..Your Austrian model is quite rare given that it is an original Hienrich Fiehn which is an expensive example of this relatively simply wind instrument(woodwind)the lettering is worn but I think that this should not detract too much from the value..providing that this is an original and given the worn condition and further providing that this is not a Italian made copy of Fiehn's work then the value is as shown below..|
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