Pierre Jaiilard Bressan (1663-1731) came from France and settled in London in 1688, where he made all types of wind instruments and published music until 1730. In 1691 he accompanied William III (reigned 1688-1702) to Holland as one of the hautboys, or oboe-players, in his retinue. On his death in May 1731, the London press hailed Bressan as 'that celebrated artist in making flutes'. This flute is a particularly fine example of his work, made of ebony ornately inlaid with silver wire.