Asian Art

Cowan's is an emerging leader in the sale of Asian Art. We hold two major sales of Asian Art annually, featuring prominent Collections with an emphasis on Chinese Decorative Arts.

Department Director

Graydon Sikes

Contact Information
Contact Graydon at 513.871.1670 (ext. 225)

Graydon Sikes is the current Director of Fine Art at Cowan's Auctions in Cincinnati, OH, and has held the position since May of 2006. His areas of expertise include 19th and 20th century American paintings, with an emphasis on artists of the American West. In addition, Sikes manages the department of Asian Art at Cowan's, which has averaged $1 million in sales over the last 5 years. He is certified in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, and is a licensed auctioneer in the states of Ohio and Kentucky.

Sikes has managed the sale of numerous important Collections of Western Art in the last 9 years, totaling over $10 million in sales.  He presides over 5 auctions annually in the categories of Fine Art and Asian Art. 

Sikes is a featured appraiser on the popular KET television series, Kentucky Collectibles, and well as PBS's Antiques Roadshow, beginning in 2015.  He is also a featured appraiser on Cash in the Attic, US edition. He has given numerous talks and conducted appraisal events at regional institutions.  




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Japanese <i>Kutani</i> Vases
Lot # 1237 - Japanese Kutani Vases
Japanese, a pair of Kutani vases with rust and gilt scroll decoration and a reserve panel enclosing a group of sitting elders, the base with two character Kutani mark; ht. 7 in.
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Pair of Japanese Satsuma Vases
Lot # 636 - Pair of Japanese Satsuma Vases
Japanese, ca 1880. A pair of Satsuma enameled vases of birds and flowers, enriched by gilding, no marks; ht. 10 in.
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Champleve Over Bronze Vases
Lot # 314 - Champleve Over Bronze Vases
Chinese, a pair of baluster-form champleve over bronze vases, each having two stylized handles, the mouths with a keyfret border over three bands of chambleve depicting lotus flowers and other floral decoration, the bottoms with a lappet border, all against a geometric background, the bottoms each having a six character mark; ht. 17.75 in. (45.08 cm).
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Chinese Porcelain Plaque
Lot # 152 - Chinese Porcelain Plaque
Chinese, 19th century. A porcelain plaque decorated with polychrome bird and floral motifs. Poem with seal u.l. Stored in a box. 11.75 x 17.5 in.
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Japanese Three-Compartment Lacquer Bento Box
Lot # 387 - Japanese Three-Compartment Lacquer Bento Box
Japanese, ca 1930. A three-compartment cylindrical lacquer bento box with cover, decorated with polychrome circles in the Art Deco style. Ht. 6.75 in.
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Sunderland Pink Luster Handled Vessels
Lot # 80 - Sunderland Pink Luster Handled Vessels
England, 19th century (both). A large pink luster vessel with transfer figual scene and the banner God Speed The Plough, on the verso is a poem titled "The Farmer"; ht. 5 in. Plus a pink luster handled and covered vessel with stylized trees; ht. 8.5 in.
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Chinese Kangxi Blue and White Handled Cabinet Vase
Lot # 137 - Chinese Kangxi Blue and White Handled Cabinet Vase
Attributed Kangxi period. A porcelain vase with underglaze blue decoration of female figures examining flowers, animal form handles with gilt remaining, unmarked; ht. 6.25 in.
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Chinese Archaic Glass Snuff Bottle
Lot # 395 - Chinese Archaic Glass Snuff Bottle
Chinese, early 20th century.  Brown and yellow glass overlay, an archaic style bottle with stopper; ht. 2.75 in.
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Chinese Screens and Stand
Lot # 63 - Chinese Screens and Stand
Early 20th/late 19th century.  A group of three stands.  Includes a pair of screen stands, one a dark hardwood with rosewood inserts.  Another rosewood screen stand, scrollwork carving at supports, and finallt a rectangular stand; tallest ht. 21 in.

Property of Conner Prairie Historical Site, Fishers, IN, sold to benefit the collections.

Collected by Eli Lilly (Indiana, 1885-1977), ca 1920s-1940s to furnish the "Chinese House" on the Conner Prairie Historic Park property.  

Eli Lilly's core Collection was gifted to the Indianapolis Museum of Art after his passing.  He had an intimate relationship with important dealer C.T. Loo (1880-1957) and it is possible that some of this material offered here was purchased from Loo.

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Chinese Carved Side Table
Lot # 215 - Chinese Carved Side Table
Chinese, 20th century, Qing-style carved table with high relief and reticulation near skirt; ht. 32 in.
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Chinese Porcelain Figural Lamps
Lot # 78 - Chinese Porcelain Figural Lamps
Chinese. A pair of porcelain polychrome figural lamps depicting seated male and female figures, the male on a decorative pierced metal base and having a decorative pierced metal finial, the female on a black wooden base; ht. 23 in. (with shade).
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Li Xiong Cai (Chinese, 20th Century), Scroll
Lot # 338 - Li Xiong Cai (Chinese, 20th Century), Scroll
Watercolor and ink on paper depicting a colorful, mountainous landscape, with calligraphic script and two red seals u.l. and one red seal l.l.; 53 x 25.5 in.  
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Persian Silk Rug
Lot # 458 - Persian Silk Rug
Oval Persian rug in silk; 59 x 37 in.
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Ivory House Shrine
Lot # 55 - Ivory House Shrine
Indian, 18th century. Ivory house shrine with Shiva holding Ganesha, with two attendants. 5 x 7.75 x 1.75 in. 
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Nong (California, South Korea, b. 1930), <i>Moon and Dragonfly</i>
Lot # 409 - Nong (California, South Korea, b. 1930), Moon and Dragonfly
Oil on canvas, signed l.r. and with inscription on verso from the artist; 36 x 24 in.
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Collection of Chinese Ivory Carvings
Lot # 139 - Collection of Chinese Ivory Carvings
Chinese. A group of ten ivory carvings, consisting of seven small carved immortal figures, a small monkey and a large monkey figural group, as well as a shell carving. Largest 1.75 in. (4.4 cm).

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Japanese Royal Satsuma Vase
Lot # 170 - Japanese Royal Satsuma Vase
Japan. A Satsuma vase with two handles, having figural and dragon decoration, all heightened by gilding; with artist mark on bottom; ht. 15.5 in.
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English Brass Candlesticks
Lot # 52 - English Brass Candlesticks
England, 19th century. A pair of brass candlesticks with round bases; ht. 9 in.
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Chinese <i>Famille Rose</i> Republic Period Vases
Lot # 170 - Chinese Famille Rose Republic Period Vases
Chinese, Republic period.  A pair of finely decorated famille rose vases with floral decoration, each signed and with narrative inscribed, Qianlong mark on base; ht. of each 6.5 in.
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A Japanese Dated 1623 Lacquered Saddle
Lot # 391 - A Japanese Dated 1623 Lacquered Saddle
Japanese, 17th century. Saddle with exquisite remaining lacquer work. Signed and dated to saddle's interior; lg. 16.5 in.
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