Cousineau Harp (c.1770)
Cousineau Harp (Wadern Museum, c.1770)
This harp carries the inscription Cousineau, Rue de Poulies à Paris. Georges Cousineau (1733-1800) and his son Jacques-Georges Cousineau (1760-1836) numbered among the most renowned harp makers of their time. Both Queen Marie-Antoinette and later Empress Josephine obtained their harps from Cousineau.
It is a single-action pedal harp with a crochet mechanism, fashioned in Louis XVI style.
This ornate harp belonged to Countess Octavie de Lasalle von Louisenthal (1811-1890), who also became famous as the Artist Countess, and is now preserved in the Heimatmuseum in Wadern, Saarland.