Stephen Gottlieb Lute workshop auction 8–9 December 2017

The Workshop ©Thérèse Wassily Saba

The workshop of STEPHEN GOTTLIEB, the lutemaker who greatly contributed to our understanding of the lute and its construction, is on sale today Friday 8 and Saturday 9 December 2017 from 10am–6pm at 5 Leicester Mews, Leicester Road, London, N2 9DY.

A limited number of machine tools
Hand-tools: chisels, planes, saws, clamps, power tools, craft knives
Books: wood-working and musical instrument-making
Misc: screws, nails, blades and all sorts

For more details, see: and follow the link to Workshop Sale.

Please email if there is anything you are interested in. Pictures of most things are available on request.

Up until his untimely death on 25 April 2014, Stephen Gottlieb had spent over forty years building lutes and other historic instruments (and beautiful boxes). Initially having trained as an architect, his drafting abilities were put to good use when he travelled around Europe closely examining and measuring historic instruments and creating his own plans for building them.

For a view on his approach, see this wonderful documentary from the BBC, Part II of a ten-part Arts & Crafts series, which his wife, the glassmaker Jane Dorner, has uploaded for us all to enjoy:

In the Making from Jane Dorner on VimeoJane Dorner

Jane Dorner invited a number of people to visit the workshop to capture it before it’s sale.

 © 2017 Thérèse Wassily Saba

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