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 Republic Porcelain Brushpot
Lot # 583 - Chinese Republic Porcelain Brushpot
Chinese, early 20th century. A hexagonal brush pot with Tang style glazing over panels having bat decoration or scrollwork. Ht. 6.5 in.
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Japanese Satsuma Vase
Lot # 1276 - Japanese Satsuma Vase
Japanese, a Satsuma vase with overglaze gold and polychrome decoration, base marked; ht. 9 in.
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Chinese Bronze and Champleve Vase
Lot # 566 - Chinese Bronze and Champleve Vase
Chinese, ca 1890. A champleve vase with decorations of flowers on a brick red ground, ht. 22 in.
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Japanese Carved Ivory Okimono Figures
Lot # 1303 - Japanese Carved Ivory Okimono Figures
Japanese, carved and inked figural group of ivory ax-carrying man with son; ht. 7 in.
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Chinese Bronze Standing Buddha
Lot # 1503 - Chinese Bronze Standing Buddha
Chinese, a bronze Buddha with traces of gilt and dark red paint standing on a lotus flower; ht. 24.25 in.
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Ivory Figure of a Woman and Child
Lot # 128 - Ivory Figure of a Woman and Child
Japanese, early 20th century. Ivory figure of a woman and a child holding a flag. Ht. 6.25 in. 
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Chinese Spinach Jade Dragon Turtle
Lot # 71 - Chinese Spinach Jade Dragon Turtle
Chinese, 20th century.  A spinach jade carving depicting a dragon turtle holding a ruyi scepter, with a chilong on its back, unmarked; lg. 2 in.
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[JAPAN] Japanese Pottery
Lot # 1365 - [JAPAN] Japanese Pottery
Japan, includes four books:

Form, Function, Fire: A Guide to Appreciating Japanese Ceramics
Soame Jenyns Japanese Pottery
Penny Simpson, Lucy Kitto, Kanji Sodeoka The Japanese Pottery Handbook
J. Edward Kidder Prehistorian Japanese Arts: Jomon Pottery
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Japanese Ceramic Vase
Lot # 494 - Japanese Ceramic Vase
Japanese, a white ceramic vase with a matte finish on the outside depicting a fisherman in a boat surrounded by a flowering and mountainous landscape, having two character Japanese mark on the side; ht. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
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Chinese Celadon Charger
Lot # 206 - Chinese Celadon Charger
Chinese. A red ware charger with a thick celadon glaze. Central medallion with a flower surrounded by a ruyi band; the sloping sides with a leaf motif; and the flattened rim with a woven border. The unmarked bottom partially glazed; dia. 15.5 in. (39.37 cm).
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Chinese Porcelain <i>Famille Rose</i> Planter
Chinese Grey Jade Buddha Figure
Lot # 239 - Chinese Grey Jade Buddha Figure
Chinese. A grey jade Buddha figure; ht. 3.25 in.
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Chinese Carved Ivory Vase
Lot # 1175 - Chinese Carved Ivory Vase
Chinese, a carved ivory vase with surrounding dragon and rooster, with red and blue inset beads, all on 20th century stand; ht. 8.75 in. (without stand).
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Pair of Lanterns and One Fan
Lot # 179 - Pair of Lanterns and One Fan
Unknown origin, probably 20th century. Two hanging macramé lanterns, decorated with wood ornaments. One speak-through, leaf-shaped fan used by Buddhist monks, decorated with a temple decor cut out. Ht. 25 in.; dia. 11 in. (larger lantern). 10 x 14 in. (fan).
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Guangxu Period Bowl
Lot # 518 - Guangxu Period Bowl
Chinese, Guangxu period (late 19th century). A footed bowl decorated with blue floral designs on the interior, and polychrome bird and floral designs on the exterior. Marks on the bottom of the bowl. Ht.: 3.5 in.; dia.: 7.25 in.
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Tang-Style Terra Cotta Goddess
Lot # 254 - Tang-Style Terra Cotta Goddess
Chinese, 20th century.  A Tang-style terra cotta figure in mustard and green tones, marked underneath; ht. 17 in.
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Chinese Jade Carved Scholar's Inkwell
Lot # 270 - Chinese Jade Carved Scholar's Inkwell
Chinese, 20th century, a finely carved green jade inkwell with moon, mountainous surrounding and branches, the brown highlights artfully incorporated into moon and rocky outcropping in foreground; ht. 5.75 in. (14.06 cm).
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Cantonese Carved Ivory Desk Accessories
Lot # 357 - Cantonese Carved Ivory Desk Accessories
Mid-19th century.  A collection of five carved ivory items, including:
- a relief card case with small tools,
- a dragon carved letter opener,
- a small reticulated puzzle,
- an adjustable parasol handle with very finely carved floral designs in relief,
- a carved ivory toothpick holder.
Ht.: 9 in. (longest item).
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Portrait of a Dutch Burgermeister
Lot # 326 - Portrait of a Dutch Burgermeister
Oil on canvas, signed lower left; appears to be H.C. Wolcott. A fine 19th century portrait of a Dutch gentleman, dressed in the traditional garb of an elected mayor in Holland. The subject wears a hat that casts shadow across his somber and thoughtful visage. A necklace with an attached rabbit's foot hangs over his chest. In a carved wood frame with gesso; 19" x 24" (w/o frame), 27" x 31" (w/frame). Label on verso, Samuel Aronoff Galleries of Cincinnati, Ohio.
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