Glass armonica, Instrument: before 1785; case probably early 19th century
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Gail Duke, in Bakken Museum files, notes: "The one of several instruments which he commissioned to be built in Europe between 1761 and 1780; it is the one which he had designed as a gift for Mme Brillon de Jouy, who was a gifted musician, on his return to Philadelphia from the Continent."

The armonica remained in the family of Mme Brillon's descendants until around 1975, when it was purchased by Paris dealer Alain Brieux, from whom it was acquired by the Bakken Museum. Terms of Use Credits