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 scheduled for publication in 2025 to accompany an exhibit at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA.
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 as a folk artist. This book will look past that notoriety and use the historical context of the Swiss and Rhenish culture of the 18th and early 19th century Page Valley to discuss his life and the objects he painted.
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