Table by Peter Glass

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Description
Inlaid with more than thirty thousand pieces of wood, this tilt-top center table was created by German immigrant Peter Glass. As a farmer in Wisconsin, Glass applied his native training as a marquetry craftsman to make award-winning furniture in his spare time. The elaborate octagonal tabletop combines traditional European designs with patriotic American motifs, including portraits of U.S. military generals. In eight oval plaques encircling the piece, Glass also portrayed himself: "Peter/Glass/Maker/Town/Scott
/Wisconsin/U.S. of/America."
Date made
1868
maker
Glass, Peter
place made
United States: Wisconsin
Associated Place
United States: Wisconsin
Physical Description
rosewood (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 75.5 cm x 104 cm; 29 3/4 in x 40 15/16 in
overall: 51 in x 37 1/4 in x 24 1/4 in; 129.54 cm x 94.615 cm x 61.595 cm
ID Number
DL.281476.0047
accession number
281476
catalog number
281476.0047
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Frank (Catherine) Vidano
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Exhibition
Many Voices, One Nation
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History