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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Jade Elephant Censor
Lot # 285 - Jade Elephant Censor
Chinese, a pale celadon jade censor, the base carved in the shape of an elephant, with a graduated lidded vessel on its back, having four loose ring handles, and lotus flower finial, unmarked; ht. 9 in. (22.86 cm).
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Chinese Hardstone Belt Hook
Lot # 1034 - Chinese Hardstone Belt Hook
Chinese, a carved hardstone belt hook with dragon head terminal, with a round knop underneath; lg. 4.5 in.
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Chinese Porcelain Plaque
Lot # 413 - Chinese Porcelain Plaque
Chinese, an unmarked blue and white porcelain plaque depicting an immortal and attendant with goats under a tree, in a wooden stand; oah 11 in. (28 cm.)
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Portable Writing Chest
Lot # 174 - Portable Writing Chest
Indian, 19th century. Incised and carved ivory and wood portable writing chest, with four lion-paw feet. The writing surface, inner drawers, and compartments fold into the body of the chest. Also included is a brush for calligraphy. 17 x 12.5 x 9 in. 
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Ivory Puzzle Ball and Rock Crystal on Ivory Stands
Lot # 369 - Ivory Puzzle Ball and Rock Crystal on Ivory Stands
19th century.  A reticulated ivory puzzle ball on an ivory pedestal, and a crystal ball on an ivory stand decorated with three carved elephants. Ht.: 6.5 in. (taller item).
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Chinese Blue and White Handled Vases
Lot # 1159 - Chinese Blue and White Handled Vases
Chinese, two handled vases in blue and white, each with character on body; tallest ht. 9.75 in.
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Pair of Jadeite Four Seasons Plaques
Lot # 165 - Pair of Jadeite Four Seasons Plaques
Chinese. Two carved jadeite plaques depicting scenes with fish, goat, flowers, and female figure. 5 x 3.25 in. (each).
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Chinese Export Inlaid Mirror
Lot # 55 - Chinese Export Inlaid Mirror
Chinese. A mirror with inlaid mother-of-pearl around the frame featuring bats and shou emblems; ht. 37 in. (94 cm), wd. 23.5 in. (59.7 cm).
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Chinese <i>Sang de Boeuf </i> Vase
Lot # 1521 - Chinese Sang de Boeuf Vase
Chinese, a sang de boeuf vase, with six character Yongzheng mark on bottom; ht. 16.5 in.
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Chinese Jadeite Carving of <i>Guanyin</i> and Attendant
Lot # 654 - Chinese Jadeite Carving of Guanyin and Attendant
Chinese, 20th century. A Chinese carving of Guanyin and attendant emerging from the stone. The jadeite is of good quality with russet shell and translucent interior. Ht. 5 in.
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Chinese Turquoise Vase and Cover
Lot # 1744 - Chinese Turquoise Vase and Cover
Chinese, a flattened oval turquoise vase with cover, featuring animal mesh, loose ring handles, and having a foo lion finial with stylized qi-lin decoration; ht. 8 in.
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Chinese <i>Blanc de Chine Guanyin</i>
Lot # 141 - Chinese Blanc de Chine Guanyin
Chinese, early 20th century. A blanc de chine Guanyin figure with upraised hand, on lotus base. Ht. 9.5 in.
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Chinese Blue and White Stem Cup
Lot # 16 - Chinese Blue and White Stem Cup
20th century. A blue and white stem cup with scrollwork decoration. Six-character mark; ht. 5.75 in.
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Wei Dynasty Style Stele of Buddha
Lot # 808 - Wei Dynasty Style Stele of Buddha
Possibly Northern Wei (386-534).  A limestone Buddha carving, substantial in size and relief depth, having Buddha with pair of attendants, ht. 29.75 in.
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Thai Buddhas
Lot # 331 - Thai Buddhas
Thai, an assembled group of three buddhas; tallest ht. 22 in. (55.9 cm)
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Japanese Ivory Immortal
Lot # 121 - Japanese Ivory Immortal
Japanese. A carved and inked standing immortal figure holding a staff and scroll, with a flower and two-character signature on bottom. Ht. 8.25 in. (21 cm).

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Chinese Cinnabar Vase
Lot # 1027 - Chinese Cinnabar Vase
Chinese, a cinnabar vase with floral and scroll motifs, unmarked, with blue glazed bottom and interior; ht. 9 in.
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Large Chinese Carved Ivory <i>Luohan</i>
Lot # 719 - Large Chinese Carved Ivory Luohan
Chinese. A very large and impressive ivory carving of an immortal, carved in detail with peach flowering branch and extending to a gourd plant at peak, smaller figures at base, supervisor's mark to base, well polished; ht. 41.5 in. (with stand)
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Pair of Porcelain Foo Dogs
Lot # 92 - Pair of Porcelain Foo Dogs
Continental, 20th Century.  Pair of two porcelain foo dogs, stamped inside base ETHAN ALLEN/ 43-3040/R.N. 48864/ MADE IN/ ITALY; Ht. each 16.5 in.
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Qianlong Period Copper Red Plate
Lot # 60 - Qianlong Period Copper Red Plate
Chinese, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. A deep, footed, evenly copper red-colored plate, both on interior and exterior. Archaic seal script six-character Qianlong mark to underside; dia. 7.25 in.
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