About Us

A Premier Art Auction House Selling Fine Art, Decorative Art, American Indian Art, Antique Firearms, and Historical Americana

Cincinnati-based antiques auction house Cowan’s Auctions, led by PBS’s Antiques Roadshowappraiser and History Detective Wes Cowan, routinely establishes record prices for rare objects in each of its antiques auctions and art auctions. Featured works include American and European paintings and sculpture, American historic collectibles and political memorabilia, early photography, American Indian art, western art, early militaria and military collectibles, and American antique furniture.

Cowan’s Auctions has a reputation of attracting the nation’s top fine art and antique collectors and dealers, who come to us for our expertise, integrity, and passion for the artifacts we sell. Held at our Cincinnati auction salesroom, our auctions feature both live and online bidding, and typically attract over 1000 bidders from all over the world. Trust in our integrity and reputation by both buyers and sellers have helped annual sales for Cowan’s Auctions approach $20 million.

In addition to expert auction estimates, Cowan’s offers professional trust valuation appraisals, insurance appraisals, charitable donation appraisals, and assistance with estate planning and settlement.

Cowan’s Fine Art, Folk Art, and Decorative Art Auctions:

Cowan’s holds three major Fine and Decorative Art auctions a year, which feature American folk art, 19th-century art, portraits, and antique furniture, as well as two auctions of American & European Paintings and Works on Paper including lithographs, etchings, fine art drawings, and watercolors.  Cowan’s paintings, folk art, antique furniture, and ceramics specialists boast decades of experience in the antiques and auction industry and are regarded for their knowledge and scholarship.

Cowan’s American Indian & Western Art Auctions:

A leader in the field of American Indian art auctions, Cowan’s American Indian Art department holds two significant auctions of Native American artifacts and western art a year.  Each auction features American Indian art from Arctic, Northwest Coast, California, Southwest, Plains, Eastern Woodlands, and Southeast tribes.  Navajo rugs, Pueblo pottery, totem poles, Sioux beaded hide moccasins, Native American photography, and works depicting the American West by Henry Farny, Edward Curtis, and Charles Russell attract aggressive bidding by collectors of American Indian and Western Art.

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