- Barbara Owen
Belgian family of organ builders. The earliest member of the family to build organs was Pieter Van Peteghem (b Wetteren, Jan 24, 1708; d Ghent, June 4, 1787), who was apprenticed to Guillaume David. Pieter is said to have introduced French features in his specifications. His work was aided from 1767 by his sons Lambertus Benoit (b Ghent, 5 March 1742; d Ghent, 5 Sept 1807) and Egidius Franciscus (b Ghent, 27 March 1737; d 5 March 1779), who from the late 1770s worked largely independently of their father and expanded the business geographically. The brothers in turn were succeeded by Lambertus’s sons Pieter Karl (1792–1863) and Lambertus Corneille (b 1779). Pieter’s son Maximilian (1822–70) joined the firm in the 1840s and, adopting a Romantic style, worked until the mid-1860s. Van Peteghem organs survive in many Belgian churches, including those at Denderwindeke, Etikhove, Rozebeke, and Meerle. Particularly noteworthy is their relatively intact Rococo organ in St Martinus Church, Haringe (...