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César Snoeck's collection

Lawyer and collector César Snoeck (1832-1898) from Ronse assembled a collection of some 2.000 musical instruments. After his death his collection got dispersed. In 1899, only the collection of instruments from the Netherlands was still for sale, altogether 437 instruments.

The first curator of the MIM, Victor-Charles Mahillon, was less interested in the previous lots because they contained too many instruments that were very similar to pieces from his own collection. However, he hoped that the instruments from our regions would not leave for abroad, as the museum owned at most a hundred of...

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César Snoeck
César Snoeck