Jean-Nicolas GROBERT. (1794 – 1866)

Iron mark of the maker on the neck heel as well as on one of the cleats of the soundboard.

The back is in maple veneer on spruce, typical of the romantic guitar.

The sides are curly maple.

The spruce soundboard is lined with ivory binding and whalebone.

The fingerboard and spatula pegbox are veneered with ebony.

The instrument is kept in its original case.

Length: 92.1cm.

Scale length: 65.1cm.

NB: The restoration work was carried out by Christofer Schuetz in Villes-sur-Auzon and a complete report has been drawn up

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.