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 Lobated Bowl
Lot # 23 - Chinese Lobated Bowl
Ca. 1930. An unusual bowl or planter, having bronze exterior, rim and foot, and standard cloisonné brown ground; lg. 20 in.

Ex Collection of Dr. Herman Charles and Jannette Groman of Hammond, IN.  

Dr. Charles (1882-1954) was an Olympic athlete, winning bronze in the 1904 St. Louis games.  The majority of this collection is assumed to have been gathered during the years immediately prior to World War II, while the family was residing in Hong Kong.
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Chinese White Jade Carved Pea Pod
Lot # 248 - Chinese White Jade Carved Pea Pod
Chinese. A white jade carving of a pea pod; lg. 4.75 in.
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Group of Indian and Middle-Eastern Ivory Carvings
Lot # 377 - Group of Indian and Middle-Eastern Ivory Carvings
Late 19th/early 20th century.  Three Indian and Middle-Eastern ivory carvings, including a small dagger, a woman-shaped pipe, and a painted ivory circle showing the profile of a male figure. Ht.: 5.25 in. (tallest item).
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Chinese Bronze Cheetah
Lot # 1089 - Chinese Bronze Cheetah
Chinese, a bronze cheetah, signed on animal's chest, mounted on a wooden stand; lg. 6 in.
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<i>Ellis Barker</i> Sheffield Candelabras
Lot # 102 - Ellis Barker Sheffield Candelabras
England. A pair of Sheffield candelabras with two arms, hallmarked for Ellis Barker Silver Co. of Birmingham and marked England; ht. 17.25 in.
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Chinese Bronze Buddha
Lot # 1264 - Chinese Bronze Buddha
Chinese, 20th century.  A seated Buddha on wooden stand; ht. 15 in.
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Chinese Ivory <i>Bodhisattva</i> Figure
Lot # 122 - Chinese Ivory Bodhisattva Figure
Chinese. A carved and inked ivory seated bodhisattva figure with a mandala behind her; on a wooden stand. Ht. 7.75 in. (19.7 cm) (without stand).

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Page From Palm Leaf Book
Lot # 172 - Page From Palm Leaf Book
Sri Lanka, 18th century. Incised palm leaf, rubbed with powdered ink to make the characters more visible. 13.25 x 2.25 x 1.5 in. 
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Chinese Kangxi Bottle Neck Vase
Lot # 136 - Chinese Kangxi Bottle Neck Vase
Kangxi Mark and Period.  A bottle neck vase with an underglaze red dragon at the neck, monochrome blue body separated with soft brown ground, six character mark on underside; ht. 9.25 in. 
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Chinese <i>Langyao</i> Watercoupe
Lot # 372 - Chinese Langyao Watercoupe
Probably 19th century. A porcelain Langyao ware watercoupe of lobated form, of a deep strawberry color with blue infusions, unmarked; ht. 2.75 in.

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Chinese Yellow Ground Jardiniere and Pedestal
Lot # 205 - Chinese Yellow Ground Jardiniere and Pedestal
China, Republic period. A yellow ground jardiniere with bats and floral motifs on a hexagonal famille rose base with interior and floral scenes in reserves with a hexagonal famille rose planter with interior and floral scenes in reserves; jardiniere, ht. 23 in; base, ht. 13 in. (33.02 cm).
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Japanese Ironstone Moon Flask
Lot # 739 - Japanese Ironstone Moon Flask
Japanese, 20th century.  A blue and white decorated ironstone moon flask; ht. 8.75 in.
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Monumental Chinese Cloisonné Floor Vase
Lot # 1168 - Monumental Chinese Cloisonné Floor Vase
Chinese, a large cloisonné floor vase with dragon and phoenix decoration on a blue and red background, unmarked; ht. 42 in.
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English Brass Candlesticks,
Lot # 51 - English Brass Candlesticks,
England. Two pairs of balaster-form brass candlesticks, unmarked; tallest ht. 12 in.
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Pair of Bowls
Lot # 76 - Pair of Bowls
Chinese, Tang or early Song dynasty. Porcelain footed bowl with a creamy white mat glaze. Ht.: 3 in.; dia.: 3 in. (opening). Covered bowl with a crimped edge (lid) and a clear glaze over porcelain, decorated with incised motifs. Ht. 2.5 in.; dia. 2.5 in.
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Chinese <i>Champleve</i> Vase
Lot # 1203 - Chinese Champleve Vase
Probably Chinese, 20th century.  A champleve baluster-form vase, having a ruyi border at the neck and lappet border at the foot, the body with a continuous scene of figures in a landscape, bottom marked CPO on bottom; ht. 9.5 in.
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Chinese Bamboo Water Pot
Lot # 613 - Chinese Bamboo Water Pot
Chinese, 20th century.  A finely carved bamboo water pot, the texture of the bamboo very clear; diameter 3.25 in.
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Painted Chinese Ceramic Plaques
Lot # 1495 - Painted Chinese Ceramic Plaques
Chinese, includes four painted ceramic plaques each with figures in a landscape and calligraphic writing; 43.75 x 12 in.
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Japanese Plate and Vase
Lot # 207 - Japanese Plate and Vase
Japanese, 20th century. Two-handled vase adorned with gold, cobalt, and beaded plum blossom motifs, paired with a wicker-bordered plate made out of enamel on metal, and decorated with a morning glory motif. Ht.: 11 in. (vase); dia. 3 in. (vase opening); dia. 7 in. (plate). 
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Moon Flask
Lot # 79 - Moon Flask
China. An octagonal moon flask having a central medallion on each side surrounded by faux painted crackleware and blue flowers, with six-character overglaze red Kangxi mark on bottom; ht. 15.25 in.
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