Chandler, Dave the Slave & Meaders Family Pottery Abound in Georgia Auction

The Dec. 11 auction to be hosted by Ken’s Antiques & Auction will include the only known rooster dish ever created by folk art icon Arie Meaders.

ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. – Rare and important pottery, including Edgefield pieces by Chandler, works attributed to Dave the Slave, and many pieces by the renowned Meaders family, will lead a Dec. 11 auction to be facilitated by Ken’s Antiques & Auction. The auction will also feature furniture, fine estate jewelry and original works of art by listed artists.

The auction will be held by Ken’s Antiques & Auction new gallery facility, located at 204 South Main Street in Adairsville, a town situated about an hour north of Atlanta and an hour south of Chattanooga. The 200 or so pottery items will be offered first (from 2 p.m. until about 5 p.m). After that, the mixed merchandise will cross the block.

Internet bidding will be facilitated by Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

“This will be, without a doubt, one of the biggest sales I’ve ever held; maybe even the biggest,” said Ken McLeod of Ken’s Antiques & Auction. “My Labor Day sale last year grossed around $150,000, but I expect this one to sail past that figure. The pottery pieces are incredible, and we’ve got some serious furniture, too.” McLeod estimates around 400 lots will come up for bid.

The contribution of the Meaders family to the world of folk art cannot be overstated. And the sale will feature dozens of original Meaders works, from four face jugs by Lanier Meaders (including one double-face jug) to the only known rooster dish ever crafted by Arie Meaders, the family’s matriarch. Works by Cheever (the father), Edwin and Reggie Meaders will also be sold.

Several face jugs by the renowned folk potter Lanier Meaders will be offered in the auction.

Lanier Meaders (Ga., 1917-1988) is the most famous potter the U.S. has ever produced. The third child of Arie and Cheever, he infused his work with style and sculptural creativity. He and Arie were honored by the Library or Congress with a Meaders Pottery Day in 1978 and his face jugs are in the Smithsonian Institute. No folk pottery collection is complete without one.

Dave the Slave (1801-1875?) is another folk artist whose work is coveted by collectors. The enslaved African-American lived in Edgefield, S.C., and made alkaline-glazed stoneware from the 1820s to the 1860s. He was taught the art of pottery by his owner, Harvey Drake, whose last name he adopted after his emancipation. The works in the sale are all unsigned attributions.

Edgefield pottery pieces by Chandler, like this handsome jug, will cross the block Dec. 11.

Bidders will be able to inspect all the pottery items and other merchandise in a preview that will be held the day of sale and by appointment. Furniture will include an early cherry Tennessee Jackson press, a period Empire linen press, a large mahogany bedroom suite (restored), mahogany period Empire pieces, an early marble-top biscuit table and much more.

Period furniture items will feature this magnificent early Tennessee Jackson press in fine shape.

McLeod said that fresh consignments continue to pour in. Late additions to the furniture category include a signed Roycroft chair and a pair of Tennessee corner cupboards (one cherry, one walnut). Estate jewelry will be headlined by a lady’s gold watch from Rolex with diamond bezel and a Cartier lady’s gold watch. Vintage lighting will feature a great signed Handel lamp.

Sterling silver tea services will be offered, as well as art glass pieces by Tiffany, Steuben and others. The Tiffany includes salts and vases, and a large vase possibly attributed to Steuben will also be sold.

Wild and wonderful collectibles will also be served up in abundance. These will include two vintage barber chairs (one porcelain, circa 1950s, and one Eastlake Victorian example, circa 1880-90s), and a framed vintage tobacco advertising tray.

A signed Gustav Stickley mahogany safe, specially built for the Standard Oil Corporation.

Also sold will be an early Coca-Cola 5-cent vending machine from 1935-45, all original and in good working order, five vintage slot machines (taking nickels, dimes or quarters), a signed Gustav Stickley mahogany safe, specially built for the Standard Oil Corporation, and several dental cabinets.

For more information, call 770.364.6281 or 770.877.9922, e-mail to or visit the Ken’s Antiques & Auction web site.


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