An engraved paper label in the body states: “Nach dem Modell / des Luigi Legnani 3347 / von Johann Anton Staufer / in Wien N-480 / Stauffer [MS signature].” Rinaldo Luigi Legnani (Ferrara, 1790–Ravenna, 1877) was a guitar virtuoso as well as amateur violin and guitar maker who developed a guitar design emulated by Stauffer. This example has a small, narrow waisted body with a one-piece back, sides of maple, and top of spruce. The neck angle (and thus the height of the strings, or the “action”) can be adjusted with a key mechanism. Johann Anton Stauffer was the son of Johann Georg Stauffer.
Marking: (on engraved paper label in body) Nach dem Modell / des Luigi Legnani 3347 [MS numbers] / [lyre surrounded by garland] / von Johann Anton Staufer / in Wien N-480, [MS numbers and letters] Stauffer [MS signature]
"Notable Acquisitions 1979-1980: Musical Instruments." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1980), pg. 39, ill.
Artist: Christian Frederick Martin (Markneukirchen, Saxony 1796–1873 Nazareth, Pennsylvania)Date: ca. 1838Medium: Wood, maple, spruce, abalone, ebony, metal, brass, ivoryAccession: 1979.380a, bOn view in:Not on view