The Furniture of Johannes Spitler
Betsy is working on an illustrated book tentatively entitled Shenandoah’s Page Valley Style: The Painted Furniture of John Spitler, 1790-1806 to be published by the University of Georgia Press in Spring 2021. To accompany its release, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA will have an opening exhibit.
Johannes or John Spitler was a furniture decorator who worked in eastern Shenandoah (now Page) County, Virginia only. Little has been written about Spitler’s life. However his work in Virginia as a paint decorator has brought him considerable notoriety in the twentieth century.
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