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 Scroll with Persimmons
Lot # 394 - Japanese Scroll with Persimmons
19th/early 20th century.  A watercolor on linen, signed and monogrammed l.l.; 36.25 x 10.25 in., total scroll size 14 x 70 in. 
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[JAPAN] Asian Ceramic Books and Catalogues
Lot # 1363 - [JAPAN] Asian Ceramic Books and Catalogues
Asian, includes eleven books and exhibition catalogues, all in Chinese and Japanese.
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Japanese Porcelain Censor
Lot # 501 - Japanese Porcelain Censor
A finely painted Japanese censor, marked with 8 character mark on underside; ht. 9.25 in. (23.5 cm)
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French Mantel Clock
Lot # 264 - French Mantel Clock
Early 20th century, gilt bronze and bronze, with seated figure atop; ht. 21 in.
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Asian Pipes, Plus
Lot # 1122 - Asian Pipes, Plus
Asian. An assembled group of eight pipes, one in carved wood with metal accents, two in carved wood with hardstone accents, three in carved wood with metal and hardstone accents, one in metal and one hookah. PLUS a wooden mallet and two opium scoring tools in wooden case; tallest ht. 18, longest lg. 28.5 in.
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Guangxu Period Silver Handled Vase
Lot # 334 - Guangxu Period Silver Handled Vase
Chinese, early 20th century. A sterling silver baluster vase with flared rim and two handles in the form of plum blossom, adorned with crane and foliage designs, joined to a carved wood stand by a silver screw. Ht. 6.25 in. (with stand).
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Archaistic Jadeite Vase
Lot # 44 - Archaistic Jadeite Vase
Chinese, 20th century.  A lidded lavender green jadeite footed vase with apple green highlights having a mythological beast finial, two mythological beast headed handles each with loose rings, the shoulder having a lappet border, the body with archaistic designs over a ruyi border, unmarked; ht. 6.75 in.
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A Japanese Mammoth Ivory Carving of a Crawfish
Lot # 285 - A Japanese Mammoth Ivory Carving of a Crawfish
Japanese, early 20th century. A finely carved mammoth ivory crawfish resting on a wood stand. Lg. 4.25 in. 
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Chinese Horn Li Tiah Kuei Carving
Lot # 286 - Chinese Horn Li Tiah Kuei Carving
Chinese, 20th century. A vertical buffalo horn carving of Li Tiah Kuei clutching a large staff, the horn with shimmering red quality; ht. 10.5 in.
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Chinese Carved Ivory Boat Models
Lot # 379 - Chinese Carved Ivory Boat Models
Early 20th century.  A group of five Chinese carved ivory boats, each having carved figures on the deck. Some include carved details such as sails and oars. All are affixed to carved wooden stands; largest length 13.5 in.
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Chinese Ivory Figural Seal
Lot # 167 - Chinese Ivory Figural Seal
Early 20th century. An ivory figural seal carved in the shape of Guanyin seated on a plinth with painted landscape scenes, Buddhist figures, and lengthy dated calligraphic inscription in green, red, and black, signed; ht. 11 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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Lanna Seated Buddha
Lot # 42 - Lanna Seated Buddha
Northern Thai (Tai Yuan), 16th century. A bronze seated Buddha, from the formerly called Lanna Kingdom (13th-18th centuries). The Buddha is in the Bhumisparsa mudra (earth-directed hand gesture, suggesting the figure's resistance to the temptation of evil). Ht. 7 in.
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Chinese Porcelain Snuff Bottle
Lot # 1546 - Chinese Porcelain Snuff Bottle
Chinese, a polychromed, enameled porcelain snuff bottle with eighteen Lohan figures, with Quianlong mark on the bottom; ht. 3 in.
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Chinese Yellow Jade Carving of Boy on Horse
Lot # 797 - Chinese Yellow Jade Carving of Boy on Horse
Chinese, 19th century.  Of fine translucent yellow jade, carved to depict boy on horse; ht. 2 in.
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Japanese Meiji Bronze Bird Figural Group
Lot # 711 - Japanese Meiji Bronze Bird Figural Group
Japanese, Meiji Period. A bronze rocky outcropping with bird on top, well cast and with slight gold patina, two separate castings. Ht. 7.5 in., lg. 10.5 in.
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Tian He-Xian (Chinese, 1894-1952), Chinese Decorated Brush Pot
Lot # 168 - Tian He-Xian (Chinese, 1894-1952), Chinese Decorated Brush Pot
Chinese, early 20th century. A famille rose porcelain brush pot decorated by one of the Eight Friends of Zhushan, Tian He-Xian (Chinese, 1894-1952), having a decoration of birds in a flowering tree, dated to 1940, with inscription; ht. 7.5 in.
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Chinese Jadeite Lotus and Fish Carving
Lot # 1160 - Chinese Jadeite Lotus and Fish Carving
Chinese, 20th century.  A jadeite carving in varying tones, depicting fish and chilong within a lotus pod; lg. 3.25 in.
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Japanese Meiji Gilt Lacquer Box
Lot # 429 - Japanese Meiji Gilt Lacquer Box
Japanese, 19th century. A Japanese lacquered document box, with polychrome lacquer decoration of a bird with flowering tree. Lg. 10.5 in.
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