Decorative Arts

Cowan's holds three major Fine and Decorative Art auctions a year, which feature American folk art, 19th-century art, portraits, and antique furniture, silver, Rookwood, porcelain, sculptures, American & European paintings and works on paper including lithographs, etchings, fine art drawings, and watercolors. Cowan's paintings, folk art, antique furniture, and ceramics specialists boast decades of experience in the antiques and auction industry and are regarded for their knowledge and scholarship.

Department Director

Graydon Sikes, Director

Contact Information
Contact the Decorative Arts Department at 513.871.1670 (ext. 231) or e-mail

Graydon Sikes' areas of expertise include 19th and 20th century American paintings, with an emphasis on artists of the American West. 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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Two Maidens in a Landscape
Lot # 595 - Two Maidens in a Landscape
American, 20th Century. Oil on canvas, signed l.r. (undetermined); 24.5 x 35.5 in. (sight).
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Phoenix Consolidated Floral Lamp
Lot # 250 - Phoenix Consolidated Floral Lamp
American, ca 1920s. A custard glass vase turned into a lamp with relief floral in tan and blue against an ivory ground, produced by the Phoenix Consolidated Glass Co; ht. 17 in.
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Continental Annular Dial Miniature Urn Clock
Lot # 1134 - Continental Annular Dial Miniature Urn Clock
Continental, (Swiss or Austrian), ca 1900-1920. A pink enamel over silver miniature urn-shaped clock with annular dial and swag chains, having hand-painted female portrait reserves or cameos to top and body, and with three cherub portrait reserves to base, all rising on an octagonal white onyx base, movement by Sandoz of Switzerland, one day time-piece; ht. 4.5 in.
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Turkish Rug
Lot # 1574 - Turkish Rug
Turkish. A rug with a red ground and geometric designs; 4 ft. 2.75 in. x 6 ft. .5 in (50.75 x 72.5 in., 128.90 x 184.15 cm).
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[CONTINENTAL] Silver Books and Catalogues
Lot # 420 - [CONTINENTAL] Silver Books and Catalogues
Continental, a collection of twelve books and catalogues on continental silver including:

David Shure, Hester Bateman: Queen of English Silversmiths (1959)
Philippa Glanviloe and Jennifer Goldsborough, Women Silversmiths (1990)
Sotheby's, Important English and Continental Silver (1995)
Irish Silver from the 17th to the 19th Century (1982)
Elizabeth B. Miles Collection of English Silver (1976)
L.G.G. Ramsey, ed., The Conossieur's New Guide to Antique English Silver and Plate (1962)
Therle and Bernard Hughes, English Painted Enamels (1967)
Kurt Ticher, Irish Silver in the Rococco Period (1972)
English Silver from the Collection of Pearl and Donald S. Morrison (1966)
Dr. Larry Freeman, Victorian Silver (1967)
Paul Paulson, A Guide to Russian Silver Hallmarks (1976)
Erik Andren, Swedish Silver (n.d.).
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Afghan Rug
Lot # 494 - Afghan Rug
Afghanistan (or possibly Pakistan), 20th century. A repeating geometric design with a floral border on a red ground; 4 ft. 3 in. x 2 ft. 8 in. (51 x 32 in.; 129.54 x 81.28 cm).
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French Faience Inkwells
Lot # 388 - French Faience Inkwells
French. Two hand-painted faience porcelain inkwells, including a heart-shaped Quimper inkwell with painted blue stylized floral decorations on a white ground, marked Quimper / HB / 1109 on bottom, and a faience porcelain inkwell with a classical figure in reserve surrounded by floral decorations, unmarked; ht. 3, lg. 4.75 in.
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Uncle Remus Mechanical Bank, Recast
Lot # 670 - Uncle Remus Mechanical Bank, Recast
American, a cast iron Uncle Remus mechanical bank, unmarked; ht. 4.25 in.
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English Half-Domed Mahogany Box and Walnut Coffer
Lot # 550 - English Half-Domed Mahogany Box and Walnut Coffer
English, ca 1825. A half-domed box with hinged lid opening to reveal a red paper-lined interior and ivory keyhole escutcheon, and a Circassian walnut veneer coffer, the sides with brass handles, raised on brass paw feet; box ht. 8.75, wd. 7.5, dp. 7.25 in., coffer ht. 5.75, wd. 9.75, dp. 6.25 in.
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Tortoise, Bone, and Horn Boxes
Lot # 1079 - Tortoise, Bone, and Horn Boxes
Collection of seven small boxes, including two bone ovoid boxes with incised rabbit hunting scenes and interior mirrors, one dated 1870, the other 1878. Also included is one cylindrical monogrammed with threaded lid, round tortoise shell case, tortoise shell inset horn snuff box, tortoise shell case containing collapsible sunglass attachments, and Asian motif water buffalo horn case; horn snuff box lg. 3.75 in.  
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English Mirror
Lot # 440 - English Mirror
English, ca 1840s, an oval mirror in double framed mahogany and gilded pine; lg. 53, wd. 38 in.
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Bohemian Enamel Glass Humpen
Lot # 667 - Bohemian Enamel Glass Humpen
German, 19th century. A blown glass lidded "Humpen" painted with the Holy Roman Emperor surrounded by seven electors, with painted coat of arms. Reads Trier Colln Mentz Bohmen Pfaltz Sach Branden Sen Bvrg 1616; h. 15.5, dia 6.5 in.
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Art Deco Bronze Figural Group by Daniel Bacque
Lot # 75 - Art Deco Bronze Figural Group by Daniel Bacque
Daniel Joseph Bacque (French, 1874-1947), bronze on later wood base, signed at base and with La Stele foundry mark and another monogram; ht., 19.75 (without base), lg. 19.5 in.
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Autumn Landscape by A. Sparks
Lot # 605 - Autumn Landscape by A. Sparks
A. Sparks (American, 20th century). Oil on artist's board, framed. An autumn landscape, signed A. Sparks l.l.; 7.5 x 9.5 in. (sight).
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Wood Engravings by Timothy Cole
Lot # 220 - Wood Engravings by Timothy Cole
Timothy Cole (American, 1852-1931).  Lot of 10 wood engravings printed on Japan paper between 1888-1892, and 1909: Music (detail), after a painting atributed to Taddeo Gaddi, The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth, after Giotto, The Expulsion From Paradise after Masaccio, Three Heads (detail), after Simone Martini, Burial of the Virgin after Duccio, Battle of St. Ephesius after Spinello, Two Angels after Andrea del Sarto, The Visitation after Albertinelli, The Annunciation after Fra Angelico, and La Maternite after Carriere, all signed in graphite l.r., four are also signed in graphite by JC Bauer l.l.; largest 6.75 x 8.25 in. (plate)
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<i>Toastrite</i> Blue Willow Porcelain Toaster
Lot # 254 - Toastrite Blue Willow Porcelain Toaster
American (Cleveland, Ohio), ca. 1928. A Toastrite electric toaster made of Onyxide China, manufactured by the Pan Electric Manufacturing Company of Cleveland, Ohio, manufacturer's mark on bottom. This example in the "blue willow" pattern with chord wrapped in matching blue rayo silk; ht. 6.75, wd. 7.25, dp. 4.5 in.
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Large Lot of Childrens Toy Banks PLUS
Lot # 204 - Large Lot of Childrens Toy Banks PLUS
Lot of 50 plus childrens banks. Highlights include a Touchstone Energy truck, a Bell South truck, a mechanical Kool-Aid bank, a battery operated bowling bank, a plastic rocket bank, a Brunswick black beauty bowling ball bank, a mechanical toilet bank, a Planters "Mr. Peanut" bank, a Mobil Oil Cincinnati Reds bank, a figural bowling ball bag bank, a Peter Potamus bank book, a paper santa bank, a robot bank, several book banks, several typewriter banks, seven gumball dispensing banks, a ceramic humpty dumpty bank, a tin lithographed mechanical owl and stump bank, several plastic piggy banks, an Oscar Mayer Weinermobile bank, a boxed Smokey the Bear bank, a boxed , and many more.
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Oak Chest of Drawers
Lot # 251 - Oak Chest of Drawers
American, early 20th century, an oak chest with top two door cabinet compartment over six drawers and lower hat box. In original finish with original hardware; ht.59, wd.36, dp. 18.5 in.
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<i>Baccarat</i> Cake Stands and Condiment Jars
Lot # 436 - Baccarat Cake Stands and Condiment Jars
French, 20th century. An assembled group of Baccarat glass, consisting of two pressed glass cake stands with two base dishes and two crystal lidded condiment jars, each marked for Baccarat; cake stand ht. 6, dia. 8.5 in.
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American School Autumnal Landscape, Oil on Canvas
Lot # 330 - American School Autumnal Landscape, Oil on Canvas
American School, 20th century, signed Fred Baganz l.r.; 29.25 x 47.5 in.
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