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 Bamboo Perfume Holder
Lot # 649 - Chinese Bamboo Perfume Holder
Chinese, 20th century. A well carved bamboo perfume holder, with figures in scholarly pursuits carved in low relief. Signed; ht. 11.5 in.
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Chinese Repoussé Enameled Mirror
Lot # 624 - Chinese Repoussé Enameled Mirror
Chinese. A repoussé enameled hand-held mirror, the back decorated with colorful geometric, floral, and figural motifs surrounding a central Chinese character, the front having a beveled mirror with serpentine edges. Lg. 11.5 in.
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Fine Chinese Three Layer White Jade Pendant
Lot # 264 - Fine Chinese Three Layer White Jade Pendant
Chinese, 18th century, carved white jade of fine and highly translucent quality, a delicate three layer carving having cranes showing on the facade; diameter 2 in. (5.08 cm).
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Collection of Chinese Coral Carved Figures
Lot # 242 - Collection of Chinese Coral Carved Figures
Chinese. A collection of twenty-four coral carvings, all flowers in an angel skin tone. Lg. 2 in. (longest).
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Pair of Chinese Republic Period Vases
Lot # 618 - Pair of Chinese Republic Period Vases
Chinese, ca 1940s. A pair of celadon ground handled vases, each having figures in scholarly pursuits and inscriptions. Ht. 25 in. (tallest).
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Double Gourd Vases
Lot # 56 - Double Gourd Vases
China. A pair of gilded double gourd vases having two scrolled handles, the body with gold painted gourds against green leafy scrolls, with an overglaze red four-character Qianlong mark; ht. 6 in.
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Chinese White Jade Beast Carving
Lot # 33 - Chinese White Jade Beast Carving
Chinese, probably 18th century.  A small and very fine white jade beast, very slight celadon tone and without russet; lg. 2 in.
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Chopsticks and Tea Ceremony Cup
Lot # 122 - Chopsticks and Tea Ceremony Cup
Japanese, 20th century. One pair of ivory chopsticks in a black lacquer box with mother of pearl floral pattern inlay. Lg. 10 in. One tea ceremony porcelain cup with a crackled glaze in a wicker basket with a silk damask cover, and a tea whisk. Dia. 4.5 in. 
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Chinese Jade Boulder
Lot # 1644 - Chinese Jade Boulder
Chinese, a jade boulder carved on the front face with a series of pavilions, trees, foliage, and figures, the reverse with trees and a pavilion; on a fitted carved hardwood stand; jade ht. 7, wd. 6 in.
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Collection of Chinese Jade Toggles
Lot # - Collection of Chinese Jade Toggles
20th century.  A collection of jade and jadeite toggles with various carvings, one stringed; largest lg. 4 in.
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Chinese Scroll
Lot # 718 - Chinese Scroll
Chinese. A rubbing affixed to scroll. Wd. 23.5 in.; ht. 31 in.
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Very Fine Chinese Zitan and Rosewood Double Stand
Lot # 59 - Very Fine Chinese Zitan and Rosewood Double Stand
Late 18th century. A double stand, with a base of rosewood carved and pierced with archaic scrolling, main base of zitan carved and pierced in form of flowering prunus; lg. 5 in.

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Chinese Jade and Hardstone Lamp
Lot # 1225 - Chinese Jade and Hardstone Lamp
Chinese, a jade and hardstone lamp on teakwood stand, with jade disk covered in carved jade, quartz and other hardstone applied carvings; oah 23.5 in, lamp dia. 13 in.
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Chinese Blanc de Chine Guanyin
Lot # 255 - Chinese Blanc de Chine Guanyin
19th century. A blanc de chine seated figure of a Guanyin; ht. 18 1/2 in.
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Pair of Indonesian Scarves
Lot # 158 - Pair of Indonesian Scarves
Indonesian, 20th century. Two scarves made with Ikat weave. The shorter one is from Timor; the longer one is from the Longhi People of Sumba. 42 X 85 in. (longer scarf).  19 x 81 in. (smaller scarf).
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English Tole Bride's Box
Lot # 41 - English Tole Bride's Box
England, 20th century. A Victorian-style tole bride's box with painted flowers and bows, unmarked; ht. 12, lg. 24 in.
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Cinnabar Lacquer Plate
Lot # 177 - Cinnabar Lacquer Plate
Chinese, 19th century. Cinnabar and lacquer plate with dragon and pearl motifs. Dia.: 12 in.
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Chinese <i>Famille Noir</i> Vases
Lot # 168 - Chinese Famille Noir Vases
Chinese, 19th century. A pair of Chinese porcelain rouleau-shape famille noir vases with mirror-image decoration on neck and body of birds, trees, and flowers on a black ground, having florals in reserves on shoulder, having a blue underglaze six-character Kangxi mark on bottom; ht. 17.75 in.
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Chinese Bronze Scholar
Lot # 2 - Chinese Bronze Scholar
Chinese, Ming Period. A bronze seated Buddhist divinity wearing long, flowing robes, and holding a piece of fruit, unmarked; ht. 4.5 in.
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