This baryton was made by Jacques Sainprae of Berlin in about 1720. Sainprae was most likely of French Huguenot origin, but this is the only surviving instrument to bear his signature, and nothing else is known about him. However, this example is made to the highest standard, and the exquisitely carved finial represents Orpheus playing a lyre.
The baryton was a central European instrument that enjoyed a vogue between about 1640 and 1800. The most famous baryton composer was Josef Haydn (1732-1809) who wrote a large number of pieces for his patron, Prince Nikolaus Esterházy (1714-1790), a Hungarian nobleman and an enthusiastic amateur player.