Maker: Johann Anton Stauffer (Austrian)

Date: ca. 1835–40

Geography: Vienna, Austria

Culture: Austrian

Medium: Spruce, maple

Classification: Chordophone-Lute-plucked-fretted

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1979

Accession Number: 1979.390


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.