Inside label: “Made by Delannoy / in Lille, in 1828. No. 155”.

Back in one piece of blond maple, bordered by a wide net of rosewood.

Fishplates of the same species.

Spruce soundboard lined with ebony and ivory binding.

Mahogany neck and pegbox.

Ebony fingerboard.

This guitar is original in all its parts, including the pegs.

It was restored by Jérôme Casanova in Clermont-Ferrand.

Vintage poplar case.

Length: 90cm.

Scale: 59cm

Guitar by Nicolas GROBERT conserved at the Museum of Music in Paris. (photo quotes Media Library/City of Music)

Jean-Nicolas GROBERT, (1794 – 1866) is one of the most important guitar makers of the romantic era and certainly one of the most mysterious. Little is known about him. His instruments are extremely rare. He was introduced to classical lutherie in Mirecourt, then became a guitar specialist. He is the author of the instrument that Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume entrusts to Paganini during his second stay in Paris. The illustrious musician, guitarist by training, will offer the instrument to Berlioz, himself an excellent interpreter. This guitar is currently kept at the Musée de la Musique in Paris (n°E375). The model presented here is contemporary to him.