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The baroque transverse flute found in the Guevara Palace returns to Lorca during the renovation of the building caused by the earthquakes of 2011 (26/07/2019)

The restoration process, which has lasted a year and a half, has been carried out by a professional from the headquarters of the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain specialized in the field.

The Councilor for Culture of the City of Lorca, María Ángeles Mazuecos, presented this morning the restoration of the baroque transverse flute found in the Guevara Palace during the repair works of the damage caused to the property by the earthquakes of 2011.

Mazuecos announced "the completion of the restoration process of this instrument that has been carried out in Madrid, at the headquarters of the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain under the Ministry of Culture, by a professional specialized in the field, for a year and a half Work done in response to the report executed after the evaluation carried out after their meeting and which recommended submitting the flute to a careful and urgent restoration for conservation purposes. "

The Councilor for Culture detailed that "the flute is made of boxwood with details of ebony and ivory guarded in a wooden case that allows it to be stored disassembled in five parts. In addition, it has detailed that" compared to other similar copies, the state of conservation of the flute was considered exceptionally good, with the exception of some small cracks and other signs of wear that have been eliminated after its restoration process. "

María Ángeles Mazuecos reported the characteristics of the instrument that "consists of 6 pieces: 1 head, 3 left hand bodies, 1 right hand body, 1 foot with a key. The head features the oval opening, elliptically opening inwards and the ends of the piece are provided respectively with a movable plug and a ring for the reinforcement of the assembly box, turned together with the wood ".

The Edil explained that "everything points to the flute found in the Guevara Palace being an original instrument, dated between 1750 and 180, being a unique piece with particular relevance to the cultural heritage whose finding is especially important, due to the extreme rarity of these instruments not only in Lorca but also in Spanish territory. "

Mazuecos Moreno has made public that "the experts in the field have been very interested in the conservation of the circular shape of the inner diameter of the tube, as well as not presenting any brand of its builder, although it did show several elements that are being used for the identification of the construction time and, possibly, also to know its origin and, despite the absence of a brand of its builder, the analyzes performed on the surface of the instrument consider the possibility that it may be a instrument of Italian origin, more specifically, linked to the environment of the family of turners Panormo, active in Naples, Paris and London in the second half of the eighteenth century. "

Source: Ayuntamiento de Lorca

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