The Guitar, Paris 1650-1950
2007, 224 pp.
rilegato con copertina rigida, 24 x 34 cm
At Edizioni Il Salabue we always focuse on stringed instruments, including plucked stringed instruments. Clearly in this field it is the guitar that represents the fundamental test-bench for a complex and in-depth work like this book. Written by Daniel Sinier and Françoise de Ridder, it is the first volume in a series that will be entirely dedicated to the guitar; this first volume looks at French guitars from 1650 to 1950. Here are numerous very rare instruments built by the most important Maestros of the time: Bouchet, Coffé, Gélas, Gérard, Gomez Ramirez, Grobert, Huel, Jacquot, Lacôte, Lambert, Laprévotte, Lupot, Maccaferri, Mareschal, Martin, Michelot, Olry, Ory, Pons, Renault & Chatelain, Saunier, Selmer, Serdet, Valance, Voboam. The contents is extraordinary both for the quality of the instruments and for the number of photographs of features and internal details, unpublished images collected by the authors over 35 years of their career. A huge amount of work has gone into this book, and the result is more than 500 photographs illustrating 54 instruments, some presented over four pages including radiographs of the sound box. A work of undoubted interest for numerous guitar makers, musicians, collectors and enthusiasts.
Sinier de Ridder
Both authors completed their studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts appliqués à l’Industrie, after which Daniel took a diploma that involved making a guitar.
After a period when they were apprenticed to several violin makers’ workshops, in 1971 they opened their own workshop in Paris, where they renovated musical instruments.
They worked for eight years in the capital, then in 1979 decided to settle in Saint-Chartier (Indre).
Since then they have spent their time renovating musical instruments, producing “expertise” certificates and buying and selling “historic” antique instruments.