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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Chinese Jade Duck Carving
Lot # 134 - Chinese Jade Duck Carving
Chinese, 20th century.  A well polished white jade carving of a pair of ducks, very feint area of russet to neck, incised carving; ht. 1.75 in.
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Royal Satsuma Charger
Lot # 710 - Royal Satsuma Charger
Japanese, 19th century, Meiji Period. A finely decorated Royal Satsuma charger. Double mark to underside; dia. 12 in.
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Unusual Japanese Coral Grouping
Lot # 441 - Unusual Japanese Coral Grouping
Early 20th century.  A group of six coral gods of luck carvings, small but well carved and honed, each carved to rest on a single fitted rosewood stand; ht. of tallest figure 2.25 in.
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Chinese Ivory Foo Dogs
Lot # 135 - Chinese Ivory Foo Dogs
Chinese. A pair of foo dogs, in carved and inked ivory, atop ivory pedestals. Each ht. 11 in. (28 cm).

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Chinese Qianlong Style Dynasty Vase
Lot # 219 - Chinese Qianlong Style Dynasty Vase
China, a ovoid vase covered in a turquoise glaze, unmarked; ht. 13 in.
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Agate Chinese Snuff Bottle
Lot # 29 - Agate Chinese Snuff Bottle
Chinese. A light brown agate snuff bottle with brown highlights; one side with birds on a lotus flower carved in relief. Unmarked; ht. 2.25 in. (5.6 cm).
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Chinese <i>Famille Rose</i> Seal Paste Box
Lot # 677 - Chinese Famille Rose Seal Paste Box
Chinese, late 19th century. A seal paste box with famille rose decoration of children playing. Dia. 4 in.
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Japanese Meiji Period Page Turner
Lot # 420 - Japanese Meiji Period Page Turner
Meiji Period. A brass page turner, with decoration of a rakan with a dragon, engraved with birds and wave patterns; lg. 11.75 in.
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Paper Weight Tablet
Lot # 185 - Paper Weight Tablet
Chinese, 20th century. Green marble paper weight tablet with incised Chinese characters. 1.75 x 8 in. 
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Carved Ivory Figures
Lot # 1201 - Carved Ivory Figures
Asian, an assembled group of ten carved ivory figures, two are polychrome painted and on wooden stands; largest ht. 3.75 in.
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Chinese Watercolors
Lot # 1482 - Chinese Watercolors
Chinese, includes two watercolors each with a portrait of a standing man; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
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A Rare Yellow Ground Daoguang Bowl with Medallions
Lot # 84 - A Rare Yellow Ground Daoguang Bowl with Medallions
Daoguang mark and period.  A yellow ground bowl with four medallions in the body, each with finely detailed enamel landscapes, six-character red archaic mark to underside; diameter 6 in., ht. 2.75 in.
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Pair of Chinese Jade Discs on Stands
Lot # 112 - Pair of Chinese Jade Discs on Stands
Chinese, 20th century.  A pair of reticulated discs on stands, one jade and one hardstone; ht. of each 4 in.
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Chinese Bronze Archaic Style Vessel
Lot # 1666 - Chinese Bronze Archaic Style Vessel
Chinese, 20th century, a bronze cast vessel in the archaic style, gilded and deeply incised along outside perimeter with elaborate handles, and twelve character Chinese mark on bottom; ht. 9.75 in., dia. 11 in.
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Chinese Hardstone Figural Groups
Lot # 1067 - Chinese Hardstone Figural Groups
Chinese, an assembled group of three hardstone pieces including two with standing figures and one with horses; tallest ht. 3 in.
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Chinese Vase
Lot # 1597 - Chinese Vase
Chinese, a polychrome porcelain vase with figures in landscapes in red, blue, and green, with a six character Wanli mark on base; ht. 5.5 in.
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Chinese Neolithic Footed Bowl
Lot # 450 - Chinese Neolithic Footed Bowl
Chinese, a neolithic-style footed bowl, the pedestal with two holes, unmarked; ht. 4.75, dia. 7.75 in. (ht. 12.2, dia. 19.7 cm.)
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Chinese Carved Deity
Lot # 1220 - Chinese Carved Deity
Chinese, early 20th century. A carved and painted wooden deity with child; ht. 26.75 in.
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Chinese Cracked Glazed Cabinet Vases
Lot # 345 - Chinese Cracked Glazed Cabinet Vases
Chinese, early 20th century. A pair of porcelain vases of bottleneck form in leaf green glaze with pronounced crackle, unmarked; ht. 5.25 in.
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Chinese Buddhist Altar Ornament
Lot # 610 - Chinese Buddhist Altar Ornament
Chinese, 19th century.  A tall porcelain ornament from a Buddhist altar having famille rose and gilt decoration to base and stem, with a lotus flower supporting the sacred parasol, Qianlong mark on base; overall ht. 11.75 in.
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