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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A Chinese Carved Ivory Bridge with Mythological Beasts
Lot # 311 - A Chinese Carved Ivory Bridge with Mythological Beasts
Early 20th century.  A carved ivory bridge representing mythological beasts with red and turquoise beaded eyes. Length: 12 in.
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Japanese Cloisonné Vase by Namikawa Sosuke Studio
Lot # 489 - Japanese Cloisonné Vase by Namikawa Sosuke Studio
Japanese, early 20th century, a cloisonné vase with pink and white floral decoration on blue background, with one character mark stamped on bottom and US Customs sticker on bottom; ht. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
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A Chinese Carved-Soapstone Buddhistic Lion Group with Red Inclusions
Lot # 746 - A Chinese Carved-Soapstone Buddhistic Lion Group with Red Inclusions
Chinese, late 19th/early 20th century.  A soapstone Buddhistic lion group carved with one large beast standing upon rockwork, its head turned directly to the right where three small cubs playfully engage one another, a fourth cub grips the back of the larger one's neck, all greenish-yellow in color with red inclusions; lg. 11 in.
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Chinese Jade Zodiac Amulet
Lot # 1052 - Chinese Jade Zodiac Amulet
Chinese, a circular jade amulet depicting year of the snake; dia. 2.25 in.
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<i>Morning at Kambayashi Spa</i> by Shinsui Ito, Woodblock
Lot # 1348 - Morning at Kambayashi Spa by Shinsui Ito, Woodblock
Shinsui Ito (Japanese, 1898-1972), early printing, titled Morning at Kambayashi Spa, with 6 mm black Watanabe publisher seal l.l., signed l.r.; 10 x 14.25 in.
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Transmutation Glaze Brush Washer
Lot # 76 - Transmutation Glaze Brush Washer
Chinese, Qing dynasty, Guangxu period. A round brush water with a dark purple glaze with blue streaks, resting on a custom wooden stand. Dia. 4.5 in.
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Chinese Jade Carvings
Lot # 278 - Chinese Jade Carvings
Chinese, late 19th/early 20th century. A group of 8 jade carvings, including a garment hook, an archer's ring, two archaic style jades, a jade seal, two animal figures, and a carved leaf; ht. of tallest 2 in.
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<i>Sancai</i>-Glazed Ewer
Lot # 433 - Sancai-Glazed Ewer
Chinese, a sancai-glazed stoneware ewer, having a globular body, the shoulder liberally splashed with green, cream and mustard yellow glazes, beneath a slender amber-glazed waisted neck with wide bird-shaped mouth, attached to the shoulders by an arched double-strap handle with tabbed thumb-piece, supported by a splayed foot, unmarked; ht. 12.5 in. (ht. 31 cm)
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Japanese Woodblock Prints
Lot # 1339 - Japanese Woodblock Prints
Japanese, includes one print of a geisha, one with multi-figural groupings, two of Kabuki actors, and one grisaille watercolor; largest 14 x 9.5 in.
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Stone Temple Relief
Lot # 54 - Stone Temple Relief
Indian (present day Afghanistan and Pakistan), 3rd-4th century. Grey talc schist temple relief showing scenes from the life of Buddha. Buddha is the largest figure, seated cross-legged on a lotus throne. 5.75 in. ht., 24 in. wd.
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Suite of Five Lacquer Trays
Lot # 385 - Suite of Five Lacquer Trays
Japanese, 20th century. Suite of five footed black and gold lacquer trays. The trays are decorated with scenic motifs, such as mountains, houses, and lakes. 11 x 11 in. (each).
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Chinese Export Inlaid Tables
Lot # 52 - Chinese Export Inlaid Tables
Chinese. Two side tables in rosewood with mother-of-pearl inlay; straight legs ending in claw and ball feet. Tallest ht. 32 in. (81.3 cm).
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<i>Doucai</i> Dish
Lot # 384 - Doucai Dish
Chinese, a doucai dish with lightly sloping sides, the interior with a central floral spray in a double ring border, the rim with an additional double ring border, the exterior with scrollwork and floral designs, having a six character underglazed blue Daoguang mark on bottom; dia. 8 in. (20.3)
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Collection of Japanese Carved Ivory Okimono
Lot # 329 - Collection of Japanese Carved Ivory Okimono
Late 19th/early 20th century.  A group of six polychrome ivory carvings of Okimono representing human figures engaged in various occupations. Ht. of each: 3.75 in. 
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Chinese Transitional Period Jar
Lot # 132 - Chinese Transitional Period Jar
17th century, Transitional Period.  A porcelain lidded jar having famille verte decoration of phoenix and peony flowers in red and green on a white ground; ht. 14 in. (including lid).
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Greek Icons
Lot # 314 - Greek Icons
20th century, a pair of Greek Icons on wood, the first depicting mother and child, the second St. Jerome; largest 15 x 12 in.
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Chinese Tea Dust Bulbous Vase
Lot # 346 - Chinese Tea Dust Bulbous Vase
Chinese, 20th century. A tea dust vase of bulbous form, impressed Qianlong mark to underside; ht. 9 in.
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Small Spinach Jade Child's Bracelet
Lot # 421 - Small Spinach Jade Child's Bracelet
Chinese.  A small spinach jade bracelet, of a very dark and consistent tone, well polished and with extended rim; 2.75 in. diameter.
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Chinese Bowl with Scalloped Rim
Lot # 102 - Chinese Bowl with Scalloped Rim
Chinese, 20th century. A small footed bowl with scalloped rim and decorated with enamel scrolls and floral patterns on a yellow ground to the exterior. Four-character mark to underside; dia. 3.75 in.; ht. 2 in.
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Chinese Carved Ivory Doctor's Lady
Lot # 1006 - Chinese Carved Ivory Doctor's Lady
Chinese, a carved ivory doctor's lady on wooden stand; lg. 9 in.
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