Spitler-decorated pine chest taking center stage June 20

Spitler chest

1. The Long Family Spitler blanket chest. An extremely important Shenandoah (now Page) Co., Virginia yellow pine chest (c. 1795-1806) with painted decoration by folk-art master Johannes Spitler (1773-1837). In outstanding original condition. (All photos courtesy Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc.)

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. — An extremely important Shenandoah (now Page) Co., Virginia, Johannes Spitler-decorated yellow pine blanket chest is expected to a stand-out item of the June 20, 2015, Americana auction to be held at Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.

The auction will be held at Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ auction gallery, 2177 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford, Va. Absentee and telephone bidding will also be accepted, and Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Bidsquare.com.

A fully developed expression of the decorator’s art, the chest remains in outstanding, original condition and has descended directly in the Long family of Shenandoah (now Page) Co., Virginia. The Longs were pioneer settlers of the Shenandoah Valley. The appearance of the Long Family chest on the market adds a new chapter to the Johannes Spitler story and stands out among other examples of similar type for its quality of design, outstanding condition and fresh-to-the-market provenance.

“We are very excited to bring such an outstanding and strong group of fresh material to the market for this auction,” said Jeffrey S. Evans, company president. “And, of course, the Long family Spitler chest is the icing on the cake. The consignor will use the money raised from the sale of the chest to maintain the family farm.”

The sale also features material from the home of Gordon and Hildreth Wheeler of Keswick, Va.,

"Mill in Connecticut"

Anthony Thieme (Dutch-American, 1888-1954) oil on canvas landscape (c. 1935), titled “Mill in Connecticut” and inscribed verso, housed under glass in original frame.

including items descended in the Scott and McCray families of Richmond, Va.; the stoneware collection of Ronnie and Neal Kite of Esmont, Va.; and property deaccessioned from a Virginia institution to benefit the collections and conservation funds, among others.

The auction covers a wide spectrum of Americana including rare Shenandoah Valley fraktur and other folk art; Virginia and other Southern furniture including food and pie safes and sugar chests; 18th and 19th century American formal and country furniture; a fine collection of Virginia, West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and other folk pottery; country accessories including outstanding baskets; samplers and other textiles; a collection of primitive lighting; American fine art; a selection of 18th-20th century silver including American coin silver hollowware; antique firearms; Civil War and Native American material; and Bennington/Rockingham ware.

For more information, visit www.jeffresysevans.com, email info@jeffreysevans.com or call 504-434-3939.

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