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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<i>Cary's</i> Terrestrial & Celestial Globes
Lot # 226 - Cary's Terrestrial & Celestial Globes
England, early 19th century. A pair of Cary's New Terrestrial & Celestial Globes, mounted in mahogany stands each with a tripod base joined by a stretcher with compass, raised on casters. The terrestrial globe dated 1835, the celestial dated 1800; ht. 36, dia. 18 in.
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Wedgwood Transferware Monumental Bowl
Lot # 110 - Wedgwood Transferware Monumental Bowl
English. A transferware bowl with cobalt floral decoration, marked Wedgwood / Etruria England and impressed Wedgwood on underside; dia. 14.5 in.
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California Landscape by W.E. Caldwell, Pastel
Lot # 596 - California Landscape by W.E. Caldwell, Pastel
W.E. Caldwell (American, 19th-20th century), signed l.r.; 12.5 x 19.25 in.
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Louis XVI-Style Marble-Top Table
Lot # 346 - Louis XVI-Style Marble-Top Table
French, 19th century. A Louis XVI-style mahogany table, having a shaped marble top, gilt bronze mounts and tapered cabriole legs with sabots; ht. 29.5, wd. 24.5, dp. 18 in.
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Malayer Rug
Lot # 163 - Malayer Rug
Persian. 9 ft. 8 in. x 5 ft. (116 x 60 in.; 294.64 x 152.4 cm).
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Leather Chair and Ottoman
Lot # 747 - Leather Chair and Ottoman
20th century, a leather chair and ottoman, the chair with tufted back and the ottoman with attached pillow; chair oah 31, seat ht. 13 in., ottoman ht. 15, wd. 32, dp. 20.5 in.
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Summer Winter Coverlet
Lot # 78 - Summer Winter Coverlet
ca 1830, a two piece, double cloth, wool and cotton, summer / winter coverlet; 85 x 72 in.
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Landscape by Edmond M. Petitjean, Oil on Canvas
Lot # 11 - Landscape by Edmond M. Petitjean, Oil on Canvas
Edmond M. Petitjean (French, 1844-1925), signed l.l.; 15.5 x 21.75 in.
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French Provincial Commode Sauteuse
Lot # 267 - French Provincial Commode Sauteuse
Continental (France), 18th-19th century. A Provincial commode sauteuse in walnut, having a serpentine top with molded edges over a conforming case with paneled sides and two dovetailed and thumbmolded drawers, the carved drawer fronts fitted with scrolling, floral pulls and escutcheons and flanked by paneled stiles, all over a molded and shaped skirt and rising on cabriole legs ending in raised, scrolled feet; ht. 34.5, wd. 43, dp. 23.25 in.
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An Assortment of American Glass
Lot # 498 - An Assortment of American Glass
American. An assembled group of glass, including two pitchers, one open compote, one candlestick and two lidded compotes; tallest ht. 11 in.
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Peter Stroud (American, 1921-2012)
Lot # 25 - Peter Stroud (American, 1921-2012)
signed in margin u.r.
numbered 64/125 u.l.
14 x 11.75 in. (sheet size)
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American Renaissance <i>Wooton </i> Desk
Lot # 245 - American Renaissance Wooton Desk
Indianapolis, Indiana, 1874, a Wooton desk in walnut, burl walnut, and maple, the case with a shaped gallery above two large swinging doors with brass hardware including a Letters slot and name plaque reading Manufactured by the Wooton Desk Co., Indianapolis, Ind. Pat. Oct. 6, 1874, the doors enclosing a fall front surface and fitted interior; ht. 64, wd. 41.75, dp. 28.25 in.
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Buffalo Pottery Deldare Ware Pitcher and Mugs
Lot # 427 - Buffalo Pottery Deldare Ware Pitcher and Mugs
American, dated 1908 and 1909. A Buffalo Pottery Deldare Ware pitcher and six mugs, the pitcher inscribed To demand my annual Rent / Welcomed me with most cordial hospitality, the mugs inscribed Ye Lion Inn, all artist signed and marked with manufacturer's backstamp Made at Ye Buffalo Pottery / Deldare Ware / Underglaze; pitcher ht. 8 in., mug ht. 3.75 in.
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The Art of Prints
Lot # 455 - The Art of Prints
Lot of 6. King, Roy and Davis, Burke. The World of Currier & Ives. New York: Bonanza Books, n.d. [ca 1968] Obl. folio, no dj, over 50 prints, 14 x 18.5 in., brown publisher's cloth with cloth spine, 162pp.

Cook, Clarence. Art and Artists of Our Time. New York: Selmar Hess, 1888, 3 vols. Mixed set. 4to, full leather, gilt front and spine; vols. 1 & 2, edges red, marbled endpapers; vol. 1- 286pp, vol. 2 - 352pp; vol. 3 a.e.g., watered silk endpapers, 336pp. Vols. 1 & 2 with some shelfwear, but overall very good; Vol. 3, front board separated, spine in shreds, free endpapers detached, but internally clean other than a bit of handling wear.

Slater, J. Herbert. Engravings and their Value. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. Small 4to, green publisher's cloth, 4 color plates and over 2 dozen black-and-white plates, 707pp. Ex lib. with typical markings, otherwise fairly clean (possibly deaccessioned because it was hardly ever used).

The Secret of Pictorial Art, or Self-instructor in Painting on Glass, China, Satin, and Paper. Chicago: D.D. Morse. 1879. 24mo, green cloth, printed endpapers, a.e.g., 124pp, [i], 2pp ads. binding loosening, moderate wear to corners and spine ends, pencil notations on free endpapers, a couple pages torn.
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Parcel-Bronze Jardiniere Stand with Marble Basin
Lot # 480 - Parcel-Bronze Jardiniere Stand with Marble Basin
Probably Continental, 20th century. A jardiniere stand in bronze and mixed metals, having a marble basin with an acorn pendant supported by a trio of lion's-head monopods connected by stretchers and ending in hairy paw feet; ht. 41 in., stand dia. 19.75 in.
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Still Life by Elwood Forham, Oil on Board
Lot # 599 - Still Life by Elwood Forham, Oil on Board
Elwood James Fordham (American, 1913-1981), signed l.l., in original frame, a WPA-style still life, characteristic of Forham's work; 7 x 7 in.
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<i>Standard Computing Scale Co.</i> Barrel Scale
Lot # 198 - Standard Computing Scale Co. Barrel Scale
American, ca 1911. A metal and brass Standard Computing Scale Co. / Ltd. / Detroit Mich., barrel scale in green paint, patented June 1, 1909-August 22, 1911 and marked; ht. ht. 32, wd. 17, dp. 19 in.
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Painted Firkin and Wooden Wares
Lot # 794 - Painted Firkin and Wooden Wares
An assembled group of six wooden wares, including a firkin in pale green paint with nailed finger joints and a bentwood handle, a large shaped pitcher, a book box with carved rondels of a pinwheel and stylized flower, a carved hanging matchbox, a small barrel-form container in green paint, and a Gold Leaf Tobacco canister retaining its label; pitcher ht. 8.75 in. 
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Phoenix Glass Grasshopper Vase
Lot # 511 - Phoenix Glass Grasshopper Vase
A Phoenix glass grasshopper pillow vase; ht. 7 in.
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Cast Iron Figural Door Stops and Bookends
Lot # 409 - Cast Iron Figural Door Stops and Bookends
American. A group of five painted cast iron figural door stops including a standing Amish man and woman, an Asian figure, U. S. Grant, an "Indian Squaw" and a pair of bookends of a seated Amish man and woman; tallest ht. 9 in.
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