Table made by Peter Glass, about 1860
Inlaid with more than thirty thousand pieces of wood, this table combines traditional European designs with patriotic American motifs, including portraits of U.S. military generals. It also features the name of its maker: Peter Glass, a German artisan who became a farmer in Wisconsin but continued to make award-winning marquetry furniture in his spare time. Glass's granddaughter donated this table and other material representing his work to the Smithsonian in 1968.
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