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    Sale 2152

    Fine Musical Instruments

    3 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 38

    ANTONIO DE TORRES

    A GUITAR, SEVILLE, 1864

    Price Realised  

    ANTONIO DE TORRES
    A GUITAR, SEVILLE, 1864
    Labeled LA HIZO ANTONIO DE TORRES JURADO ALMERIA ANO DE 1852, length of back 18 7/16 in (468 mm) with case (2)


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    The supremacy of the great pantheon of Spanish guitar makers could not have been achieved without the indelible influence of Antonio de Torres. Through his ingenuity, Torres transformed the guitar from an accompaniment to a solo instrument. He recognized that for a guitar to fill the ever growing number of larger venues he would need to increase its volume and resonance. Torres accomplished this mission by increasing the overall outline of the guitar, altering the sting length and developing a revolutionary fan-bracing system.

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    Provenance

    Paco Sanz
    Rudolph Branley
    Current owner


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this lot is labeled LA HIZO ANTONIO DE TORRES JURADO ALMERIA ANO DE 1852


    Pre-Lot Text

    OTHER PROPERTIES


    Literature

    Vintage Guitar, April 2009, Vol. 23, No. 6, pp 100, 102 and 104