‘Probably the best’ Shenandoah Valley sampler known to cross the auction block

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. — Jeffrey S. Evans and Associates, specialists in 18th through early 20th century glass and lighting, fine art, antiques, and Virginia and Southern decorative arts, and more will hold a one-day specialty auction July 25, beginning at 9:30 a.m. EST, in their showroom located at 2177 Green Valley Lane, Mount Crawford, Va. Online bidding will be available via Artfact.com.

Initial highlights of the July 25 auction include estate grouping of early 19th century Shenandoah Valley furniture that descended in the Thomas family of New Market, Va. (which will be sold to benefit Bridgewater College); a Roanoke, Va., estate collection of tiger maple furniture; selections from a prominent Virginia collection; and a fine grouping of Virginia and mid-Atlantic folk pottery.

Also to be sold: additional Americana, 18th to 20th century furniture, fine arts, textiles, carpets, 18th to 20th century ceramics and glass, silver, a fine 2.68 ct diamond solitaire ring, a large selection of vintage fine and costume jewelry, country store items, Native American material, American historical and Civil War items, plus more.

The top lot of the sale is expected to be a Harrisonburg sampler executed in 1834. This fine, rare piece in outstanding condition has descended through the Gibbons and Thomas families directly to the current owner. It’s expected to bring $20,000 to $30,000. Jeffrey S. Evans, of Jeffrey S. Evans and Associates, told Antique Trader, “It’s probably the best Shenandoah Valley sampler known.”

Another important offering is a James McCann walnut desk dating to about 1810. This important piece is the first and only signed piece attributed to the McCann-Evans cabinet shop. James McCann apprenticed in the Evans cabinet shop in the early 1800s and took over the shop after 1816. It carries a presale estimate of $4,000 to $6,000.

Evans, his business and his family are deeply rooted in the Shenandoah Valley. They know the families and they know the area, which is a distinct advantage in providing fresh material with provenance to the marketplace. For this particular auction, records were taken directly from the family Bible, providing original family provenance on many of these important pieces. Evans says one of the things they’re best known for is getting fresh material directly from estates.

When Antique Trader asked about any final comments, Evans replied, “Wonderful rare things bring very, very strong prices; for everything else, now’s the time to buy. … There are some great buying opportunities out there.”

Auction preview opportunities are from July 22-24 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 

A 15 percent buyer’s premium will be charged on all winning bids.

For more information, you may contact Jeffrey S. Evans and Associates at 540-434-3939, info@jeffreysevans.com, or visit www.jeffreysevans.com.

Images courtesy Jeffrey S. Evans and Associates.