Hermann Hauser (German, Munich 1882–1952 Reisbach)
Spruce, rosewood, mahogany, bone or ivory, ebony
Height (At tail): 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm) Width (Total): 38 7/16 in. (97.7 cm) Depth (Lower bouts): 14 9/16 in. (37 cm)
Gift of Emilita Segovia, Marquessa of Salobreña, 1986
Not on view
This guitar was the principal concert instrument of the famous guitarist Andrés Segovia. He used it from 1938 until 1962, and referred to it in a 1954 article as the "greatest guitar of our epoch." Miguell Llobet, a Spanish classical guitarsit, introduced Segovia to Hauser in 1924. Hauser had been making guiars in the Viennese style, bu Llobet encouraged him to make instruments based on Spanish models. It is said that Hauser brought instruments to Segovia for twelve successive years, but none pleased him until he tried this guitar. Segovia gave up his 1912 Manuel Ramírez guitar in favor of this one by Hauser. The two-piece back and sides are of Brazilian rosewood, the two-piece top is of spruce.
Marking: 1) (labelled) Hermann/Hauser/A.D.Guitarren/München/ Mullerstr-8. (printed); 2) 1937/H. Hauser (handwritten); 3) also a pencilled French inscription dated; 4. II.1937 recording guitar's manufacture for Andres Segovia
Mrs. Andrés Segovia, Marquessa of Salobreña ; Andrés Segovia (1937-1962) ; Hermann Hauser (until 1937)
Jayson Kerr Dobney, Bradley Strauchen-Scherer. Musical Instruments: Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. First Printing. @2015 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New York, 2015, pp. 170-171, ill.
Ed. James R. Houghton. Philippe de Montebello and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1977-2008. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2009, pg. 80-81, fig. 94, ill.
Alan Greenwood. "Guitars with Guts: Segovia's 1937 Hauser." October 2003. Vintage Guitar (2003), pg. 66, 67, 70, ill.