Art/ Collection/ Art Object


Johann Anton Stauffer (Austrian)
ca. 1835–40
Vienna, Austria
Spruce, maple
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1979
Accession Number:
Not on view
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.

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