Exceptional Lanier Meaders Snake and Grape Vase, Cleveland, GA, 1978

Summer 2021 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 380

Estimate: $3,000-$5,000.  A Note About Estimates

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Outstanding Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Snake Vase, Signed "Lanier Meaders / 9-9-78," Cleveland, GA, 1978, ovoid vase with flared rim, decorated around the shoulder with a hand-modeled and applied clay snake above two clusters of grapes with leaves and corkscrewing tendrils. Surface covered in a light-olive alkaline glaze including elaborate cross-hatched cobalt decorated and spots to the snake. Underside incised "Lanier Meaders / 9-9-78." Lanier Meader's snake vases are among the rarest and most desirable forms produced by this potter, regarded as masterworks in his production. Provenance: Collection of Dr. John A. Burrison, Atlanta, GA; on loan to the Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA since 1981. As-made condition. Surface-level firing cracks to bottom edge and underside, not visible on interior. Some faint, glazed-over surface lines to interior base. A few minor, glazed-over horizontal surface lines to bottom third of vase, not visible on interior. H 11".

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