An extremely important Shenandoah (now Page) Co., Virginia, Johannes Spitler-decorated yellow pine blanket chest is the highlight of the June 20, 2015 Americana auction to be held at Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates. A fully developed expression of the decorator’s art, this 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. Original immigrant Philip Long (1678-1755) moved with his family to the Massanutten region, where he established one of the earliest frontier homesteads in the area. His descendants have remained in the county for ten generations. 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. The s

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