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Table by Peter Glass

Table by Peter Glass

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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."
Object Name
table, center
Date made
Glass, Peter
place made
United States: Wisconsin
Associated Place
United States: Wisconsin
Physical Description
rosewood (overall material)
wood (overall material)
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
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Frank (Catherine) Vidano
See more items in
Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
National Treasures exhibit
Domestic Furnishings
Many Voices, One Nation
Many Voices, One Nation
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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My husband Ralph is related to Peter Glass. My son has a set of drumsticks that Peter made. He's a drummer so was thrilled to get them, though they are much shorter than the norm. Woodworking does seems to run in the bloodline, my son comes by it naturally.
Hi, Peter Glass is my 4x great grandfather and Catherine Vidano is also related. I have a box, which I am told was called a Gentlemans box made by Peter Glass. I have all of the research that Catherine Vidado willed to me upon her death along with the letter mentioned above. I have had it in storage for years and years. looking for anyone that has or know of any other material made by Peter Glass and if his homestead is still there in Wisconsin.
Hello Marion, Peter Glass was my Great Grandpa. My mom, Rose B (Merbs) Glass married Peter’s grandson, Leroy Glass. I grew up in Milwaukee WI. I remember my mom being very interested in the tables Peter crafted, and joined her visiting Peter’s grave. I remember visiting Catherine in Long Beach after moving to California. To my knowledge, in my family, there are three pieces of Peter’s work: I have a small round table with a bird motif. My daughter has a square sewing-box type table which is a celebration of Beechwood and George Washington. My son has a small rectangular barber box, which my dad used during his barber days. In May, I am planning a trip to D.C. with two daughters to view the table and highlights of Peter Glass in person! I look forward to hearing more from you! Best Regards, Gloria Rose (Glass) Tracy
Annie Lane, Peter Glass is my 3rd great grandfather and, the table and sewing box were presented to the Lincoln family after his death and there is a letter from his son accepting the gifts and thanking Peter among our family's genealogy records. I remember seeing this table one display at the Milwaukee Art Museum as part of the Chipstone collection. My grandmother had one of his boxes,
Who are the four U.S. military generals pictured in this work?
"Clockwise from top left the portraits are: Benjamin F. Butler, John Ellis Wool, Zachary Taylor and George Washington."

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