Slotin plans back-to-back sales of folk pottery face jugs, quilts and African American memorabilia Feb. 10-11

Lanier Meaders face jug with double row of teeth, estimated at $1,000-$2,000 at Slotin.

BUFORD, Ga. — Folk art specialists Slotin kicks off its 2024 season with back-to-back online sales featuring folk pottery, jugs and handmade quilts on Saturday, February 10, followed by the Richard Harris African American Experience collection liquidation on Sunday, February 11. Both catalogs are now open for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Collectors of Lanier Meaders (1917-1998) have a whopping 20 lots from which to choose in the sale. Best known for his face jugs, Meaders inherited the Georgia pottery works his grandfather founded in 1893, which was later operated by his father Cheever. The alkaline-glazed stoneware he produced is coveted today. The top-estimated Lanier Meaders face jug, at $1,000-$2,000, features a double row of teeth in the finish, something rarely found in Meaders’ collected works.

Lanier’s brother Edwin also checks in with seven lots featuring his trademark blue rooster designs. Standing out from the blue glaze is this early ash-glaze green rooster in mint condition. Undated, the rooster is estimated at $1,000-$2,000.

Rounding out Day One is a fine selection of handmade quilts. Affairs of the Heart by Aie Rossman won first place at the AQS International Quilt Show in Nashville, Tennessee and measures 102in square. It is estimated at $800-$1,200. Elizabeth Spannring won second place at the AQS International Quilt Show and first in the Road to California Quilt Show in 2005 with Temperamental Tulips?, an 85in square machine-appliqued and -assembled design. It is similarly estimated at $800-$1,200.

At 293 lots, the African American Experience sale on February 11 is a moving historical review of Black history from slavery days to the civil rights era of the 1960s and beyond. Runaway slaves were a constant problem for their owners, as seen in this 1854 broadside offering $100 for the capture and return of a man called Henry to his owner, Alexander Spottswood Grigsby, who was a prominent Fairfax County, Virginia, businessman and slave dealer. The broadside is further distinguished by its mention of the fact that Henry escaped from the county jail along with a white inmate, a 25-year-old man named James Henry Beach, who was being held on a felony charge. It is uncommon to see broadsides from this era about black and white individuals who escaped together or at the same time. The historical artifact carries a $6,000-$8,000 estimate.

Enemies of the slave trade were known as abolitionists, and they used common imagery of a kneeling, chained slave begging for mercy as a way of identifying their organizations and eliciting sympathy for their cause. This trade sign for the Anglo American Abolitionist Society is undated but certainly from the 19th century. Made of carved wood, the 57in figural sign is estimated at $2,000-$4,000.

Also featured in the February 11 sale is a collection of 21 lots of Black Panther-related materials, with an emphasis on numerous editions of the group’s Intercommunal News Service newspapers. The highest-estimated lot, at $1,500-$2,000, is The Black Panther Manifesto, a 1970 poster issued by the Panthers during chairman Bobby Seale’s imprisonment for contempt of court as he was facing prosecution for inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Featuring excellent artwork by Black Panther Emory Douglas, it focuses on an illustration of Seale strapped into an electric chair next to a lengthy statement made by Black Panther Minister of Information Eldridge Cleaver.

Slotin’s Folk Pottery Extravaganza expands to second day, Feb. 11-12

Lanier Meaders Big Head Face Jug, one of six face jugs by the late Georgia folk potter in the sale lineup, estimated at $800-$1,200
Lanier Meaders Big Head Face Jug, one of six face jugs by the late Georgia folk potter in the sale lineup, estimated at $800-$1,200
Lanier Meaders Big Head Face Jug, one of six face jugs by the late Georgia folk potter in the sale lineup, estimated at $800-$1,200

BUFORD, Ga. Slotin Folk Art Auction’s first stand-alone pottery sale in 2020 was a trial balloon to determine if collectors would respond, and they most assuredly did. Now, with its fourth edition taking place February 11-12, this dedicated auction is expanding in more ways than one. Slotin’s single-day Pottery Extravaganza is bigger for 2023 and is joined by a second-day sale dedicated to Native American art, quilts and Americana. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Chinese Jun wares, Peter Max art led the pack at Michaan’s July auction series

Chinese Jun ware planter and stand, $14,760

 

Chinese Jun ware planter and stand, $14,760
Chinese Jun ware planter and stand, $14,760

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s July 16 Gallery Auction proved to be one of the auction house’s most successful sales of the year, with a total estimated value above $400,000. The strong results were driven by several works by German-American artist Peter Max (b. 1937-), a wide selection of Chinese Jun ware and a double eagle gold coin pendant necklace.

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Almost 60 works by famed Meaders clan lead Slotin’s Feb. 12 auction

Left: Lanier Meaders circa-1960s Rock Tooth Politician jug, est. $3,000-$5,000; Right: Edwin Meaders 1998 rooster decorated with green drips on a cobalt blue-painted form, est. $800-$1,200
Left: Lanier Meaders circa-1960s Rock Tooth Politician jug, est. $3,000-$5,000; Right: Edwin Meaders 1998 rooster decorated with green drips on a cobalt blue-painted form, est. $800-$1,200

BUFORD, GA. – Slotin Folk Art Auction will hold its third stand-alone pottery sale on Saturday, February 12. The 371 lots range from traditional tobacco-spit-glazed pots by extended families of makers such as the Meaders and Hewells, who handed down the craft tradition through multiple generations, to works by emerging and established studio potters. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Auctioneer Steve Slotin says outsider art is ‘in’

Steve Slotin poses with a ventriloquist’s dummy that was being auctioned by Slotin Folk Art Auction. His wife Amy joked that it looked like Steve’s twin, prompting his bemused expression.
Steve Slotin poses with a ventriloquist’s dummy that was being auctioned by Slotin Folk Art Auction. His wife Amy joked that it looked like Steve’s twin, prompting his “I’m not amused” expression.
Steve Slotin poses with a ventriloquist’s dummy that was being auctioned by Slotin Folk Art Auction. His wife Amy joked that it looked like Steve’s twin, prompting his bemused expression.

BUFORD, Ga. – Growing up in Georgia, Steve Slotin, who co-owns and operates Slotin Folk Art Auction with his wife, Amy, is quick to say he knew the best swimming holes and BBQ joints, but didn’t know much about the visual culture of the South. It took getting fired from CliffsNotes in his early twenties to discover a passion for folk and self-taught art. The couple spent their honeymoon traveling around the United States buying art. They launched an instantly popular annual art show, Folk Fest, in 1993, and a few years later, began their specialized auction business focusing not just on Southern folk art but self-taught art from all over the country.

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