A rare, early seven string Guitar by Hermann Hauser 1, Munich 1924 (2)

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Lot 11
A rare, early seven string Guitar by Hermann Hauser 1, Munich 1924
(2)

£ 20,000 - 30,000
US$ 25,000 - 37,000
A rare, early seven string Guitar by Hermann Hauser 1, Munich 1924
Labelled Herm.Hauser Lautenmacher in Munchen A.D 1924 also numbered twice internally D.R.P.Nr.339867 Length of back 475mm (18 11/16in) the body in the manner of the Viennese guitar of maple and German spruce, zero fret, with original machine heads, neck and fingerboard variable by key, of a pale golden amber colour, use, wear and minor restoration, in case. (2)

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  • Offered with a Certificate of Authenticity signed and dated by Kathrin Hauser on 26/8/2014 to the above effect.

    Seven string guitars were used throughout the nineteenth century, the most famous performer was the French virtuoso Napoleon Coste (1805-1883) who was a noted composer and performer on his Rene Lacote guitar. Most published repertoire of the nineteenth century was written for the "standard" six string instrument, but it was accepted and common practise for players who had an extended range guitar to adapt and incorporate the seventh string, or more, as appropriate.

    The above may reasonably be said to come from the maker's pre-Iberian period, derived from earlier local traditions of Lutherie and possibly reflects some enthusiasm for the newly rediscovered repertoire for Baroque lute. It was not until 1924 that Hauser met Segovia on the latter's first concert tour of Germany.

    Two examples similar to the above are in the possession of the Hauser family.
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A rare, early seven string Guitar by Hermann Hauser 1, Munich 1924 (2)
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