Rare Lanier Meaders Devil Jug

July 20, 2019 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 322

Price Realized: $1,770.00

($1,500 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Rare Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Devil Face Jug, Signed "Lanier Meaders", Cleveland, GA origin, circa 1970, ovoid jug with applied clay devil including elliptical eyes with elongated, open-centered pupils and incised eyelashes, curved eyebrows, well-sculpted nose, ears, twisted horns, and a smiling mouth with two pointed rock teeth. Surface covered in a mottled alkaline glaze with glossy-olive and matte-green frogskin areas. Underside incised "Lanier Meaders". An earlier work by Meaders, in a rare and desirable devil form, particularly notable for its oval-shaped pupils--much rarer than the typically-seen and less visually-appealing dots. Among the finest face vessels by Georgia's leading ceramic folk artist that we have ever offered. Horn on the jug's right (our left if looking head-on) has a tight circumferential line around it that suggests it was reglued at that spot. Otherwise excellent, essentially as-made condition. H 9 3/4".

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