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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Painted Wall Cupboard
Lot # 84 - Painted Wall Cupboard
American, 19th century. A two-door vernacular wall cupboard with molded cornice, on bracket feet, in old blue paint; ht. 85.5, wd. 51, dp. 17 in.
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Sterling and Silver Plated Spoons
Lot # 65 - Sterling and Silver Plated Spoons
English, an assembled group of five spoons including one sterling shell spoon marked TH, one sterling spoon marked HB, one slotted spoon pick, one shell spoon, and a salt spoon; largest lg. 5.5 in.
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Medicine Bottles in Various Colors
Lot # 180 - Medicine Bottles in Various Colors
American, 19th century. An assembled group of eight medicine bottles, including an olive bottle marked Eclipse French Satin Gloss Dressing, a cobalt Ayer's Hair Vigor with original stopper, a cobalt John Wyeth & Bro. with original stopper, a cobalt A.J. White New York Lax Oil, a blue Glover's Imperial Distemper Remedy H. Clay Glover New York, a yellow Whittemore Boston USA, a green The Piso Company Haseltine & Co., and an amber paneled Kendall's Spavin Cure; Ayer's (largest) ht. 7.25, wd. 2.25, dp. 1.75 in.
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Minton Tureen and Asparagus Tray
Lot # 160 - Minton Tureen and Asparagus Tray
English, ca 1840s. A Minton covered vegetable dish and a meat platter, marked with English tegistry marks for Ceramic/ Minton; bowl, 13 x 7.25 in., platter, 17 x 13.5 in.
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Folk Art Religious Art
Lot # 307 - Folk Art Religious Art
Three religiously themed folk art works, including a wooden statue, with polychrome decoration, representing the Apocalyptic Woman, a wax saint in a domed glass case, and two religious figures holding hearts set against a decorative card with a printed pronouncement on love in German, housed within a tramp art frame; statue ht.10 in.
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Silk Tree of Life Rug
Lot # 236 - Silk Tree of Life Rug
20th century. 15 ft. x 2 ft. 7 in. (180 x 31 in.; 457.2 x 78.74 cm).
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Dutch Hanging Clock
Lot # 125 - Dutch Hanging Clock
Holland, late 20th century, a reproduction of 19th century staartclocks or hanging clock, made after World War II, with a 30-hour time and alarm movement; ht. 42 in.
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Silver Flatware Group Plus
Lot # 364 - Silver Flatware Group Plus
American, late 19th-early 20th century. An assembled group of four silver items including a large sterling ladle with chased decoration and figural handle, illegible maker's mark, a sterling cast fruit spoon by Clark and True, monogrammed EAS, a cheese spoon by Gorham in the "Versailles" pattern, monogrammed W and a pair of sterling handled grape shears PLUS a pair of brass handled tongs; ladle lg. 14 in, silver wt. (excluding shears and tongs) 12.43ozt (386.5g).
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18th Century Goldfinch by Samuel Dixon
Lot # 92 - 18th Century Goldfinch by Samuel Dixon
Irish, ca 1755. An embossed and gouache goldfinch and flower picture by Samuel Dixon, with the original dedicatory label on verso reading, "To Her Grace the Duchess of Dorset, this piece in Basso Relievo is dedicated by Her Grace's most humble and most obedient servant, Samuel Dixon". Housed in the original black and gilt japanned frame; sight, 11 x 15.25 in.

The artist utilized a technique known as basso relievo where parts of the picture are embossed using a copper plate and then covered in gouache.
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<i>Sabino</i> Art Glass Lamps
Lot # - Sabino Art Glass Lamps
French, ca. 1920s-1930s. A pair of table lamps by Sabino with frosted glass illuminated base and shade, decorated with streaks of teal, coral, and yellow, each marked Sabino Verrier d'art France on underside of base; ht. 20.5, dia. 11 in.
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Moorcroft Bulbous Vase
Lot # 573 - Moorcroft Bulbous Vase
British, a small Moorcroft bulbous vase with carved and painted hibiscus leaves on deep blue background, impressed Moorcroft and Made in England, and with Moorcroft sticker on bottom; ht. 3 in.
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<i>Kestner</i> Doll
Lot # 254 - Kestner Doll
Marked J.D.K. 257, bisque socket head, Kestner five-piece body with original finish and wig, wig glued on, brown sleep eyes, wobble tongue; 8.5 in.
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<i>King's Pattern</i> Sterling Dinner Forks
Lot # 410 - King's Pattern Sterling Dinner Forks
American, an assembled group of twenty-eight coin and sterling silver King's Pattern luncheon forks, eighteen marked R.& W. Wilson for Robert and William Wilson, Philadelphia, PA, two marked G & H, seven with hallmarks for Gorham and marked Sterling; lg. 7.25 in., silver wt. 55.5ozt (1726.5g).
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Pyrography Decorated Boxes
Lot # 214 - Pyrography Decorated Boxes
American, early 20th century. A group of five pyrography boxes, one with polychrome floral decoration and an Art Nouveau style female head, one with a blank cartouche flanked by lions, the other three with floral decoration; largest box ht. 4.25, wd. 15.5, dp. 8.25 in.
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Japanese Woodblock
Lot # 690 - Japanese Woodblock
Japanese Woodblock, 20th century, with calligraphic script and artist's seal l.r.; 13.25 x 8.5 in.
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Garden Fountain by Cincinnati Sculptor Clement J. Barnhorn
Lot # 279 - Garden Fountain by Cincinnati Sculptor Clement J. Barnhorn
American, early 20th century lead figural fountain of boy with an urn by Clement J. Barnhorn (American, 1857-1935), signed and dated 1914 in base on right side of figure; ht. 20, wd. 10.5, dp. 15 in.
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Chinese Watercolor on Silk
Lot # 1264 - Chinese Watercolor on Silk
Early 20th century.  A Chinese watercolor of a duck, on silk and with inscription l.r.; 14.75 x 5.25 in. (sight).
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Persian Salt-Glazed Stoneware Jar
Lot # 192 - Persian Salt-Glazed Stoneware Jar
Perisan. A salt-glazed stoneware vessel, having a short neck and wide mouth, shoulder decorated with geometric design, the body with bird and floral motifs in blue; ht. 8.5 in.
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Three Chinese Hardstone Carvings
Lot # 648 - Three Chinese Hardstone Carvings
Chinese, late 19th century, a lot of three hardstone carvings, one of three monkeys, marked, China; another, a water buffalo with monkey, dated, 1894 and the third, a carved figure of a fisherman with pole and basket. Tallest, 7.75 in.
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Flint Enamel Canisters
Lot # 226 - Flint Enamel Canisters
American, 19th century. A barrel-shaped canister and a bulbous storage jar marked 2 to underside, both in flint enamel glaze; barrel ht. 7 in.
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