Table by Peter Glass

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."
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
table, center
Date made
1868
maker
Glass, Peter
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
Place Made
United States: Wisconsin, Scott
ID Number
DL*281476.0047
accession number
281476
catalog number
281476.0047
subject
Art
Domestic Furnishings
Military
National Treasures exhibit
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
National Treasures exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Frank (Catherine) Vidano
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures

Visitor Comments

1/22/2013 10:01:32 PM
Alice Lieb
Who are the four U.S. military generals pictured in this work?
7/22/2013 12:06:45 PM
National Museum of American History
Clockwise from top left the portraits are: Benjamin F. Butler, John Ellis Wool, Zachary Taylor and George Washington.
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