An historic C.1900 slant-top desk crafted by Waterloo County cabinetmaker Christian O. Gerber (1845-1928, Wellesley Ontario). The sister to this desk is featured in Michael Bird's A Splendid Harvest - Germanic Folk and Decorative Arts in Canada (1981: p.115, fig. 83). Of the few of these "Gerber desks" that are known, this is the nicest example. As Michael Bird put it, "these (Gerber desks) are considerably more delicate in execution than most American Empire pieces from which (they) are derived" (p.114). Christian Gerber emulated the work of his father John emphasizing convincing tiger and birdseye maple paint work, floral decoration on columns, and geometric pin striping throughout. It simply doesn't get any better than this!
Condition: Retains 100% original painted surface as well as felt interior. No restoration.
Measures: 42" wide x 56.75" high x 21" deep