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.

Self-taught and outsider art takes spotlight at Slotin Nov. 11-12

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BUFORD, Ga. — Slotin Folk Art has been a longtime champion of outsider and self-taught art, with sales devoted to what it calls “the Strange, The Unusual, The Vanishing America.” The auction house returns with a two-day sale of Self-Taught Art Masterpieces on Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers (Day 1, Day 2).

As is common with outsider art, the stories of the creators are as compelling as the artworks themselves.

The sale leads with the strange and sad tale of Adolf Wolfli (1964-1930). Abused as a child, he would continue the cycle and go on to abuse children in adulthood, ultimately being convicted and imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital in Switzerland. There, he began to draw, and when an attending psychiatrist examined him and later wrote a book about Wolfli, the world of outsider art (or art brut) was born, with Wolfli at the center of it.

The sale leads with Wolfli’s Bangali Firework, a 1926 graphite and colored pencil on paper. Described as a “masterpiece example,” the 24.5 by 18.5in work is estimated at $65,000-$95,000.

The life of Eugene Von Bruenchenhein (1910–1983) is another classic outsider tale. Born in small-town Wisconsin, Eugene was largely self-taught and went on to create incredible paintings, sculptures (often from chicken bones), photographs (many of his wife Marie) and even staged elaborate and bizarre theatrical performances in the former storefront of his father’s business in Milwaukee. His early work experience at a florist gave him a love for horticulture, which shows up in paintings such as Untitled Number 347, dated to September of 1955. The stunning floral work is estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

Well-known outsider artist Jimmy Lee Sudduth (1910-2007) is represented by nine works in the sale. Growing up on his family farm, Sudduth used whatever art materials he could make or find, including natural pigments and mud. In his last years, he began to use more standard paints, such as is seen in Train To Tuscaloosa, a 1995 work featuring mud and paint on board. Like many of his works, it’s large, measuring 50 by 25in. The work carries an estimate of $1,000-$2,000.
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Adolf Wolfli, ‘Bangali Firework,’ estimated at $65,000-$95,000 at Slotin Folk Art.
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Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, ‘Untitled Number 347,’ estimated at $8,000-$12,000 at Slotin Folk Art.
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Jimmy Lee Sudduth, ‘Train To Tuscaloosa,’ estimated at $1,000-$2,000 at Slotin Folk Art.
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Thornton Dial, ‘Tigers Like To Play,’ estimated at $12,000-$17,000 at Slotin Folk Art.
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Richard Burnside, ‘Red Dog,’ estimated at $300-$500 at Slotin Folk Art.
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Johnny Culver, ‘Mystic Vision,’ estimated at $2,000-$3,000 at Slotin Folk Art.
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Slotin delivers fun folk art while raising funds for Paradise Garden, Aug.5-6

Eddy Mumma, ‘Portrait with Red Face,’ estimated at $800-$1,200. Proceeds to benefit the Paradise Garden Foundation. Image courtesy of Slotin Folk Art Auction
Eddy Mumma, ‘Portrait with Red Face,’ estimated at $800-$1,200. Proceeds to benefit the Paradise Garden Foundation
Eddy Mumma, ‘Portrait with Red Face,’ estimated at $800-$1,200. Proceeds to benefit the Paradise Garden Foundation. Image courtesy of Slotin Folk Art Auction

BUFORD, Ga. – For 30 years, Slotin Auction has been the premier auction house bringing self-taught art, outsider art and folk art to the market. Its next sale, planned for Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6 and featuring 920 lots, is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and bring fun, affordable, colorful, creative pieces to the auction block. In addition, 50 lots included in this sale will benefit the Paradise Garden Foundation, which preserves Howard Finster’s famous fanciful environment and provides educational opportunities to art enthusiasts of all ages. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Contemporary works invited to the self-taught art party at Slotin, April 22-23

Roger Brown’s ‘Visit the Oregon Coast,’ a 52in-tall oil on canvas from 1979 with a 3-D platform for four taxidermy seagulls, carries the auction’s highest estimate: $100,000-$200,000. Though academically trained, the Alabama-born Chicago artist collected and drew inspiration from Southern folk art. Image courtesy of Slotin Folk Art Auction
Roger Brown’s ‘Visit the Oregon Coast,’ a 52in-tall oil on canvas from 1979 with a 3-D platform for four taxidermy seagulls, carries the auction’s highest estimate: $100,000-$200,000. Though academically trained, the Alabama-born Chicago artist collected and drew inspiration from Southern folk art. Image courtesy of Slotin Folk Art Auction
Roger Brown’s ‘Visit the Oregon Coast,’ a 52in-tall oil on canvas from 1979 with a 3-D platform for four taxidermy seagulls, carries the auction’s highest estimate: $100,000-$200,000. Though academically trained, the Alabama-born Chicago artist collected and drew inspiration from Southern folk art. Image courtesy of Slotin Folk Art Auction

BUFORD, Ga. – After 30 years of offering folk art and sundry other forms of untrained artistic expressions on the auction block, Steve Slotin approaches Slotin Folk Art Auction’s Spring Self-Taught Art Masterpiece Sale with the same fervent enthusiasm he exhibited in the beginning. Even if he’s claimed previously that this or that auction held the best art he’d ever assembled, Slotin is persuasive in proclaiming the April 22-23 sale as Slotin Folk Art’s best grouping yet. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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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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Discoveries await at Slotin’s Self-Taught Art Masterpiece sale, Nov. 12-13

Minnie Evans, ‘Angelic Woman with Pegasus,’ estimated at $15,000-$20,000
Minnie Evans, ‘Angelic Woman with Pegasus,’ estimated at $15,000-$20,000
Minnie Evans, ‘Angelic Woman with Pegasus,’ estimated at $15,000-$20,000

BUFORD, Ga. – Slotin Folk Art Auction’s Fall Self-Taught Art Masterpiece Sale presents a wide-ranging exploration of the folk art field from its early days up to today. The 856-lot auction will be held on Saturday, November 12, and Sunday, November 13. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Folk art and self-taught greats star at Slotin, April 23-24

 

Minnie Evans, ‘Queen of Garden with Flanking Angels,’ est. $10,000-$15,000
Minnie Evans, ‘Queen of Garden with Flanking Angels,’ est. $10,000-$15,000

BUFORD, Ga. – Slotin Folk Art will hold its next Self-Taught Art Masterpieces sale on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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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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Slotin plans exuberant lineup of self-taught art Nov. 13-14

Nellie Mae Rowe, ‘Dog on Roof With Blue and Green Birds,’ est. $15,000-$20,000
Nellie Mae Rowe, ‘Dog on Roof With Blue and Green Birds,’ est. $15,000-$20,000
Nellie Mae Rowe, ‘Dog on Roof With Blue and Green Birds,’ est. $15,000-$20,000

BUFORD, Ga. – A changing of the guard among folk art collectors is responsible for making an array of early, museum-worthy works available for the first time at auction. That’s readily apparent in the catalog for Slotin Folk Art Auction’s Fall Self-Taught Art Masterpiece Sale, to be held November 13-14. 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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