The Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates June 20, 2015 Americana and Fine Antiques Auction was a success by all accounts and boasted strong prices in virtually every category. The sale’s top lot, an extremely important Shenandoah (now Page) County, Shenandoah Valley of Virginia yellow pine blanket chest (c.1800) decorated by Johannes Spitler, perhaps the last example remaining within the family of the original owner, sold for $356,500. The price exceeded the pre-sale estimate and set a new record for a Spitler-decorated blanket chest at auction (Lot 492). The Long family, for whom the chest was made, settled in the Massanutten area in the 18th century, and the chest had stayed within the family for six generations, residing at historic Wallbrook Farm for the last 100 years prior to its appearance at auction with Evans & Associates. The artistry of the geometric and figural imagery

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