Dave the Slave among artists featured in massive pottery sale

ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. – A huge, two-part auction featuring more than 200 pieces of rare and important pottery, including Edgefield pieces by Chandler, works attributed to Dave the Slave, and many pieces by the Meaders family, will be up for bid Dec. 11.

Also crossing the block will be outstanding furniture, fine estate jewelry, original works of art by listed artists and more. The sale starts at 2 p.m., beginning with the pottery. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

The auction will be held by Ken’s Antiques & Auction at the firm’s 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.

“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. He estimated 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.

Dave the Slave (1801-1875?)  is another folk artist whose work is coveted by collectors. He 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.

The furniture category 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, a signed Roycroft chair and a pair of Tennessee corner cupboards (one cherry, one walnut).
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.

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, a signed Gustav Stickley mahogany safe, specially built for the Standard Oil Corporation, and several dental cabinets. 

For more information, contact Ken’s Antiques & Auction at 770-364-6281,  770-877-9922. More details can be found online for the Dec. 11 (or New Year’s Day) auctions at auctionzip.com (ID # 1419). ?

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