Johann Anton Stauffer Austrian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 681

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 eveloped 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.

Guitar, Johann Anton Stauffer (Austrian), Spruce, maple, Austrian

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