Very Rare Early Lanier Meaders Face Jug w/ No Ears, 1960s

Fall 2023 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 359

Price Realized: $7,800.00

($6,500 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Face Jug, Signed "LM," Lanier Meaders, Cleveland, GA, circa 1960s, rotund jug with short spout, decorated with a hand-modeled and applied clay face featuring orb-shaped eyes with lids set within recessed sockets, a rounded nose, and closed mouth with protruding, flattened lips. Surface covered in a mottled green alkaline glaze with black slip highlights forming the pupils. Underside signed with "L M" signature in black slip. This jug's initialed signature, style of glaze, and reductive modeling omitting ears and teeth, all date this work to Meaders's formative years of face jug production. Relatively few examples from this time period are known. Provenance: Carl and Marian Mullis Collection; Ex-Stan Clark. Exhibited: American Folk Pottery: Art and Tradition, The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Colonial Williamsburg, June 14, 2020 to December 31, 2022. Excellent, essentially as-made condition. H 6 1/2".

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