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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Collection of Chinese Cinnabar Bracelets
Lot # 533 - Collection of Chinese Cinnabar Bracelets
Chinese. A collection of seventeen cinnabar beaded and silver enameled dragon bracelets. Dia. 4 in. (each).
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Chinese Place Card Holders
Lot # 322 - Chinese Place Card Holders
Chinese, 20th century.  Eight place card holders, each depicting a standing man holding two satchels, all marked with Chinese characters for base silver; ht. 2 in.
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Rare Chinese Mammoth Ivory Teeth Court Necklace
Lot # 17 - Rare Chinese Mammoth Ivory Teeth Court Necklace
Chinese, 19th century. A Qing dynasty court necklace, comprised of mammoth ivory teeth, with memory beads of turquoise and jadeite, having a jadeite counterweight bead with coral colored glass, santai pendants of lapis lazuli ending in rutilated quartz with enamel mountings; ht. 58 in.
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Lapis Lazuli Vessel
Lot # 375 - Lapis Lazuli Vessel
Chinese, an unmarked lapis lazuli covered vessel, having a dragon chasing a pearl on the finial, the baluster form body having two loose ring handles, the body depicting two dragons chasing a pearl on each side, on a 20th century wooden stand; ht. 9.25 in. (23.5 cm)
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Chinese Snuff Bottles
Lot # 35 - Chinese Snuff Bottles
Chinese. A group of four snuff bottles including: one lidded smoky quartz bottle; one signed reverse glass painted bottle with each side depicting women in an interior scene; a lidded hardstone snuff bottle with a horse and rider in relief; and a signed reverse glass painted bottle with landscapes on each side. Tallest ht. 2.75 in. (7 cm).
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Italian Bronze Planter
Lot # 286 - Italian Bronze Planter
Italian. A bronze planter decorated with frolicking nymphs in high relief, marked Made in Italy on bottom; ht. 12,  dia. 12.5 in.
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Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Gu Form Vase
Lot # 194 - Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Gu Form Vase
Chinese, ca 19th century. A porcelain Gu form vase decorated with bats, dragons, and clouds, with a dark turned foot and a tinge of celadon to ground, having a Kangxi mark; ht. 13.75 in.
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Chinese Copper Incense Clock
Lot # 563 - Chinese Copper Incense Clock
Chinese, late 19th century.  A copper incense clock, Quarter Octagon shaped, with 5 pieces and missing key.  Cover reads Moon Lake, imitation of the ancients, and made in Stone Harbor by Li-Hsueh-yu; lg. 5 in.
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Chinese Coins
Lot # 1402 - Chinese Coins
Chinese, a group of ten various archaic Chinese coins; each dia. 1 in.
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Pair of Chinese Watercolors
Lot # 715 - Pair of Chinese Watercolors
Chinese, 20th century. Two watercolors representing mountainous landscapes with a river or lake. Unsigned; 10.75 x 20.5 in. (sight). 
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Chinese Carved Ivory Warrior
Lot # 310 - Chinese Carved Ivory Warrior
Chinese, 19th century.  A carved and inked ivory warrior, atop stand with archaic scrollwork; ht. 9.5 in.
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Fine Chinese Clay Container, Lobster Form
Lot # 428 - Fine Chinese Clay Container, Lobster Form
Chinese, 20th century. A Yi-hsing ware container of cylindrical form, with top showing a well carved lobster amidst dark ground clay. Four-character mark to underside; ht. 3.5 in.
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Chinese Standing <i>Guanyin</i> Bronze
Lot # 311 - Chinese Standing Guanyin Bronze
Chinese, 20th century.  A standing bronze Guanyin on archaic-style base; ht. 13 in.
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Edo Period Ivory Katabori Netsuke
Lot # 1321 - Edo Period Ivory Katabori Netsuke
Japanese, an Edo period ivory Katabori netsuke featuring a small rat sitting on top of a larger rat, unsigned; ht. 1.5 in.
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Prideaux John Selby Bird Lithographs, Plus
Lot # 20 - Prideaux John Selby Bird Lithographs, Plus

Prideaux, John Selby (British, 1788-1867), four colored engravings including Cinereous Eagle, Young (Plate III), Tawny Owl (Plate XXV), Golden Eagle Female (Plate I), and Golden Eagle Young (Plate II). PLUS, Robert Mitford (British, 1781-1870), Cuckoo, Male (Plate XXXVII), colored engraving. Selby plate 21.5 x 15.75 in.

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Carved Apple Jade Chinese Snuff Bottle
Lot # 1544 - Carved Apple Jade Chinese Snuff Bottle
Chinese, finely carved apple jade snuff bottle with mythical beast and foliage carved in the red; 2 in. ht.
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Chinese Jadeite Bowl
Lot # 491 - Chinese Jadeite Bowl
Chinese, early 20th century, a highly translucent and thinly carved jadeite bowl, traces of emerald green, lavender and russet; diameter at rim 5 in., ht. 3 in.
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Chinese Republic Period Famille Rose Porcelain Vase
Lot # 300 - Chinese Republic Period Famille Rose Porcelain Vase
Chinese. A Republic period famille rose porcelain vase of square form decorated with scenes of figures on the base and floral on neck and shoulder, Chinese character mark on bottom; ht. 12 in.
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Chinese Carved Jade Pendant
Lot # 265 - Chinese Carved Jade Pendant
Chinese, 19th century, a jade carved pendant in boulder form, having two figures intertwined and clasping a vessel; ht. 2.5 in. (6.35 cm).
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Chinese Wall Panels
Lot # 516 - Chinese Wall Panels
Chinese.  Two painted wall panels, each unsigned; 29.75 x 12 in.
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