Published: June 21, 2016
MOUNT CRAWFORD, VA. – Rare form and an intriguing association with Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello made for magic at Jeffrey S. Evans’ June 18 auction showcasing the arts of Virginia and the South. Headlining the sale was a serpentine-front Virginia sideboard table, sold for $87,750, including premium, of stately proportions and unusual design. The walnut and yellow pine piece was a 1982 gift to Monticello, where it had long been displayed. The table’s mate is at the Virginia Historical Society.
Buyer Sumpter Priddy III, who bid on behalf of a client, said his purchase was made in Albemarle County between 1775 and 1785. The Alexandria, Va., dealer has a scholarly interest in furniture made at Monticello and at neighboring estates by craftsmen associated with Thomas Jefferson.
Rich in Shenandoah pottery, furniture, fraktur and other artifacts, the Evans auction grossed roughly $800,000, exceeding its high estimate. Watch for a complete report in Antiques and The Arts Weekly.
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