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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Waterford Crystal Brandy Snifters
Lot # 243 - Waterford Crystal Brandy Snifters
Irish, 20th century. A set of six Waterford crystal brandy snifters in the Lismore pattern, marked Waterford on bottom; ht. 5.25 in.
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Japanese Vase
Lot # 1265 - Japanese Vase
Japanese, a vase with pinched sides, unmarked; ht. 6.25 in.
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Japanese Ivory Figures
Lot # 471 - Japanese Ivory Figures
Japanese, includes six carved and inked ivory figures and one plastic figure, all but one marked on base; tallest ht. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
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Chinese Export Silver Tea Service
Lot # 25 - Chinese Export Silver Tea Service
Chinese Export, late 19th/early 20th century.  A three-piece silver tea service, including a teapot, creamer and sugar bowl, all having repousse floral and figural motifs in reserves, with stylized bamboo handles, with Chinese hallmark on bottom; teapot lg. 7.5, tallest ht. 4 in., silver wt. 22.48ozt (699.5g).
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Gilt Bronze Bodhisattva
Lot # 1499 - Gilt Bronze Bodhisattva
Sino-Tibetan, a gilt bronze bodhisattva seated in dhyanasana on a double lotus flower; ht. 8 in.
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Carved Ivory Elephants
Lot # 1174 - Carved Ivory Elephants
Chinese, includes three carved ivory elephants on 20th century stands, one carved ivory elephant without a stand, and figural group of four elephants on 20th century stand; smallest ht. 1 in., tallest ht. 3.25 in.
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Agate Snuff Bottle with Relief Floral Decorations
Lot # 298 - Agate Snuff Bottle with Relief Floral Decorations
Chinese. An agate-handled snuff bottle with relief russet floral motifs to front and stopper. Ht. 4.75 in.(without stand).
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Carved Jadeite Comb
Lot # 170 - Carved Jadeite Comb
Chinese. A carved red and yellow jadeite comb with incised decorative patterns to handle. Lg. 5.25 in.
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Tibetan Thangka
Lot # 455 - Tibetan Thangka
Tibetan, 19th century.  A fine gouache and watercolor Thangka, masterfully painted in gouache and watercolor depicting divinities; 22 x 16 in.
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Chinese Ivory and Silver Bracelet Set
Lot # 235 - Chinese Ivory and Silver Bracelet Set
Chinese, ca 1930s.  A silver bracelet set that includes a six-link bracelet, a pair of clip on earrings, and a brooch, all made of silver with inlay ivory, each ivory plaque having miniature calligraphic script, the backs stamped CHINA SILVER; bracelet lg. 6.75 in. 

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Czechoslovakian Art Glass Vases
Lot # 252 - Czechoslovakian Art Glass Vases
Continental, 20th century. A pair of Czechoslovakian art glass vases, including a two handled vase in white and black and a mottled yellow and white vase with a flaring ruffled mouth and applied black thread, unmarked; tallest ht. 10.5 in.
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Chinese Yuan Dynasty Bronze Figure
Lot # 496 - Chinese Yuan Dynasty Bronze Figure
Chinese, Yuan dynasty. A bronze and dry lacquer figure of a Buddha seated on a double throne, well cast; ht. 12.25 in.
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Japanese Kutani Tablewares, Plus
Lot # 180 - Japanese Kutani Tablewares, Plus
Japan. A Kutani plate and demitasse cup, the plate marked Kutani and the cup with overlgaze red three-character mark, PLUS one green and one orange footed demitasse cups; plate dia. 4 in.
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Japanese Blue and White Bowl
Lot # 1239 - Japanese Blue and White Bowl
Japanese. A blue and white bowl with emblems around the body, with two-character mark on interior, unmarked base; dia. 10 in.
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Chinese Embroidered Robe
Lot # 147 - Chinese Embroidered Robe
Chinese. An unlined woman's robe with covered buttons and embroidered neck, sleeve and hemline depicting vignettes with female figures in landscapes against a yellow ground. Length 36.5 in. (92.8 cm), cuff to cuff 54.5 in. (138.3 cm).
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Han Dynasty Bronze Hu Vase and Cover
Lot # 361 - Han Dynasty Bronze Hu Vase and Cover
Chinese, Han Dynasty.  A Hu vase, with cover, the bulbous form evenly oxidized to reveal verdigre patina; ht. 11.5 in.
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Chinese Snuff Bottles, Plus
Lot # 1103 - Chinese Snuff Bottles, Plus
Chinese.  Three snuff bottles including an ivory snuff bottle with figural scenes in relief on each side, having a two-character Chinese mark on bottom, and a pair of blue and white snuff bottles with painted figures, unmarked. PLUS a hardstone pendant with archaistic design; largest lg. 4.25 in.

International shipping is not available for this item (ivory snuff bottle). This item will only be shipped within the United States, except to California.
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Chinese Celadon Garlic-Shaped Vase
Lot # 1580 - Chinese Celadon Garlic-Shaped Vase
Chinese, a celadon garlic-shaped vase with pierced and floral design, unmarked; ht. 13.5 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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Vietnamese Blue and White Storage Jars
Lot # 457 - Vietnamese Blue and White Storage Jars
17th century.  A pair of underglaze blue decorated storage jars with floral scrolling, from the Hoi An Hoard; ht. 3.5 in.
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