Big names, faces grace Slotin folk art auction Nov. 10-11

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Lanier Meaders, rare face jug without ears, circa 1960, 8 inches high, excellent condition. Estimate. $4,000-$6,000. Slotin Auction image

BUFORD, Ga. – Slotin Auction, specializing in self-taught art, is also the premier auction house for bringing the strange, the unusual and the vanishing America to the block. The Nov. 10-11 edition is sure to pique the interest in any collector looking for exceptional examples by important artists as well as fantastic new discoveries. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Slotin’s two-day Fall Masterpiece Sale features 1,104 lots of the best in self-taught and outsider art, rare Southern folk pottery, antique and anonymous folk art, circus and carnival items, European Art Brut, African American and Southern quilts, international folk art, trade signs, Native American art, erotica, canes, vernacular photography, Highwaymen, decoys, and new discoveries.

Southern folk pottery will open the sale with 105 strong examples. Six iconic face jugs by Lanier Meaders, lots 28-33, including an exceptionally rare early face jug without ears, (above, est. $4,000-$6,000) will warm up the crowd.

Rare and unusual works including “The World’s Fattest Man” banner by Snap Wyatt, Lot 106 (est. $3,000-$5,000), Lind Lenz faux bois cement garden table and chairs, Lot 112 (est. $2,000-$4,000), and Robert Wood & Co. figural hitching post, Lot 111 (est. $2,000-$4,000).

Highly curated masterworks include:

– A Possum Trot doll by California artists Calvin and Ruby Black, (est. $30,000-$50,000).

– Bill Traylor, Lot 143, Doctor, black and brown ink, graphite on found cardboard (below, est. $40,000-$60,000).

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Bill Traylor, ‘Doctor,’  image is 6 inches x 10 ¼ inches. Estimate: $40,000-60,000. Slotin Auction image

– Sam Doyle, painting on tin titled Dr. Buz, with a Ricco-Maresca provenance (est. 15,000-25,000).

– Adolf Wolfli, He Who Would Teach Me Art, graphite, pastel and mixed media on paper (est. $55,000-$65,000).

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Adolf Wolfli, ‘He Who Would Teach Me Art,’ circa. 1930, 14½ inches x 19½ inches. Estimate: $55,000-$65,000. Slotin Auction image

– An explosive painting by Eugene Von Bruenchenhein titled, The Grand Mass of Titanium, Lot 147, ($15,000-$20,000).

– Two spectacular works by Georgia Memory painter Mattie Lou O’Kelley, Lot 148, Georgia Hill Farming (est. $20,000-$25,000) and the cover illustration for her book, Circus! (est. $15,000-$20,000).

– A rare Three Man Totem by Herman Bridgers, wood, paint and mixed media (est. $20,000-$30,000).

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Herman Bridgers, ‘Three Man Totem,’ 105 inches high. Estimate: $20,000-30,000. Slotin Auction image

A gorgeous collection of five early Minnie Evans works, fresh-to-the-market from the estate of Minnie’s doctor, Dr. J. Calvin Mackay, Lots 160-164 (est. $6,000-$12,000 each) is a rare treat.

Lots 165 and 166, Louisiana’s Clementine Hunter’s Grandpa and Grandma portraits, should ignite fierce bidding by collectors of her work, (est. $4,000-$6,000 each).

Rounding out the Who’s Who of this sale are works by Harry Lieberman, Thornton Dial, Joseph Yoakum, Dilmus Hall, Edgar Tolson, Ralph Fasanella, Peter Charlie Besharo, Kathy Jakobsen, Rex Clawson, W.C. Rice, Jesse Howard, James Castle, J.B. Murry, Felipe Jesus Consalvos, Felipe Archuleta, Purvis Young, Eddie Arning, Lee Godie and Howard Finster (below).

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Howard Finster, ‘Flying Angel with Bible,’ 1985, paint on cutout board, 38 inches x 22 inches. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Slotin Auction image

Of special note is the entire collection of paintings and sculptures once housed in the Lion of Judah Museum in Harlem, New York, created by Archbishop Abuna George Michael Reeder Apollo; incredible examples of African American quilts including lot 393, a blue jean scrap quilt that is truly a modern art masterpiece, (est. $1,000-$2,000); quirky examples of industrial art; trade signs; vernacular photography; flash art; the primitive decoy collection of Richard Little; tramp art; nude portraits; Haitian masterpieces; prison art and early important works by Highwaymen masters including Lot 371 by R.A. McLendon (est. $5,000-$8,000).

For details contact Slotin Auction at 770-532-1115 or 404-403-4244 auction@slotinfolkart.com.