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Sale: 27th October 2014

Lot 168: A Very Important Spanish Guitar by Antonio de Torres, Almeria 1888

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Estimates

£90,000 - £140,000


Sale Archive

This is an archive lot from a previous sale. Please contact us if you are looking to purchase or sell a similar instrument. Brompton's will be happy to guide you through the process and discuss the best options available to you.


Related Information

- Watch Paul Gregory, the internationally renowned guitarist play the newly discovered 1888 Torres guitar (unused since circa 1900)
- Provenance and Condition Report
- Antonio de Torres Jurado (1817–1892)

VAT & Import Tax

20% buyers premium only

Description

Property of a Gentleman. Soundboard of three pieces of spruce. Seven rounded radial braces with two diagonal ones. A rosette with central motif of herringbone inlay, flanked by half-herringbone and green, brown and yellow concentric circles. Rosewood bridge with tie-block. Similar coloured seven ply purfling with rosewood binding. Ribs of rosewood and a three piece back of rosewood, flanked with stained mahogany. Kerfed pine linings. Cedar neck with a three part cedar heel. The cedar head, faced with rosewood containing mortises with square ramps. Original tuning machines with oval-shaped bone buttons. Fretboard with nineteen T-shaped frets. Bone nut and saddle.

Label

Bearing an original label: 'POR D. ANTONIO TORRES., ALMERIA, CALLE REAL, NÚMERO 23 (changed to 80 Canada), ANO DE 18[88.] / SEGUNDA EPOCA. [N°.122.]'.

Maker

by Antonio de-Torres

Dimensions

Length of back and string-length of 481.5mm & 654mm respectively

Condition

Unopened, original polish, some playing wear. Centre-seam repair, and two stabilised soundboard fissures, three open but stabilised fissures to back, two small original fissures to sides below heel.
For the detailed condition report, please refer to department. *

Footnotes

In a period oblong-shaped wooden case, with the guitars removable tornavoz. For a full report on this instrument, please refer to department.

Sale Information

Sale Date

3:00pm, Monday 27th October 2014

Sale Location

The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BS