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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Japanese Ichimatsu Character Doll
Lot # 287 - Japanese Ichimatsu Character Doll
Japan, ca 1900, a Chinese playdoll with gofun head, arms, legs and feet, composition body, original silk kimono and straight black hair.
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Shaker Sewing Rocker
Lot # 182 - Shaker Sewing Rocker
American, 19th century. A Shaker sewing rocker with (replaced) orange tape, unmarked but likely a size no. 7; oah. 41, wd. 23 in.
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Beach Scene by Rossi, Oil on Board
Lot # 39 - Beach Scene by Rossi, Oil on Board
Rossi (20th century), signed l.l.; 19.5 x 15.5 in.
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Portrait Miniature, Attributed to Rufus Porter (American, 1792 to 1884)
Lot # 1055 - Portrait Miniature, Attributed to Rufus Porter (American, 1792 to 1884)
New England, ca 1830s. A watercolor half-length portrait miniature of a gentleman in profile, attributed to Rufus Porter (American 1792-1884) a drape and column in the background, in a later frame; 5 x 4.5 in. (sight).
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Persian Kerman Rug
Lot # 998 - Persian Kerman Rug
Iran, early 20th century. A palace-sized Kerman area rug with central medallion, allover floral design, on a red field; 24 ft. 6 in. x 12 ft. 10 in. (294 x 154 in.; 746.76 x 391.16 cm).
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Folk Art Miniature Automaton Band, Plus
Lot # 436 - Folk Art Miniature Automaton Band, Plus
American, late 19th-early 20th century. Miniature group of seated musicians and conductor with mechanism to simulate the playing of a song, though mechanism is not in operating condition. Each figure is formed from painted metal, attired in hand-stitched uniform and equipped with various instruments. Group is displayed under custom Plexiglas cover. PLUS Soviet Union era folk carved horse and sled; cover ht. 8.75 in. 
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Oil on Canvas by Helen Lane Bower
Lot # 921 - Oil on Canvas by Helen Lane Bower
Helen Lane Bower (American, 1898-1977). An oil on canvas painting depicting a landscape with rolling hills. Signed l.l., with artist's label on verso; 7.5 x 9.5 in. (sight).
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Coin Silver Sugar Tongs
Lot # 250 - Coin Silver Sugar Tongs
American, late 18th-early 19th century. An assembled group of five coin silver sugar tongs by various makers, including Samuel Canfield (Connecticut), H. Goodwin (Connecticut), C. Burr (Rhode Island), one marked WB and one marked CHFF; largest. lg. 6.25 in., silver wt. 5.20ozt (162g).
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After Virginia Morris Pollak (American, 1898-1967)
Lot # 411 - After Virginia Morris Pollak (American, 1898-1967)
Standing Nude
Alva Studios Reproductions (New York) label on underside
ht. 16.5 in. 
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<i>Meissen Blue Onion</i> Tablewares, Plus
Lot # 239 - Meissen Blue Onion Tablewares, Plus
German. An assembled group of Meissen porcelain tablewares in the Blue Onion pattern, including three reticulated  luncheon plates, six reticulated dessert plates, five reticulated bread plates, a cup and saucer and a shaped rectangular platter with gilded rim, all with underglaze blue double crossed sword mark, except one bread plate marked MEISSEN within a circle, PLUS three Continental reticulated dessert plates, marked KS within a circle; platter lg. 13.5 in.
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Aubusson-Style Tapestry
Lot # 283 - Aubusson-Style Tapestry
Early 20th century, Aubusson-style tapestry, depicting an exotic bird surrounded by foliage; approx. 79 x 55 in.
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Cherry Corner Cupboard
Lot # 1154 - Cherry Corner Cupboard
American, 19th century. A one-piece corner cupboard in cherry with inlaid lightwood escutcheons, having a molded cornice over two glazed doors with eight lights each, the lower section with two paneled doors, raised on bracket feet; ht. 86.5, wd. 52.5, dp. 26 in.
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Five Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Bee Stinger
Lot # 567 - Five Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Bee Stinger
American, 19th century, probably Midwestern. A five gallon salt-glazed stoneware jug of semi-ovoid form, having an applied handle and a tooled shoulder, featuring a cobalt slip-trailed bee stinger motif below a script 5; ht. 17.5 in.
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Butcher's Pig-Form Trade Sign
Lot # 1242 - Butcher's Pig-Form Trade Sign
20th century. A butcher's trade sign in the form of a hollow-bodied, sheet metal pig with a curled tail, having holes on its back and feet for support brackets, retaining remnants of black and pink paint; lg. 31.5 in.
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Sailing Ships Cast Iron Doorstops
Lot # 183 - Sailing Ships Cast Iron Doorstops
American, a cast iron "Old Ironsides" sailing ship doorstop; PLUS a cast iron Clipper Chip No 855, made by National Foundry; largest ht. 10 in.
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Early Indian Engravings by Bernard Picart
Lot # 580 - Early Indian Engravings by Bernard Picart
French, 1723.  Executed by Bernard Picart (French, 1673-1733).  The first depicting a camp in Virginia, the second depicting Canadian Indian in ceremony; largest plate 12 x 8.5 in.
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Sandbottles with Seascapes
Lot # 202 - Sandbottles with Seascapes
Probably French, last quarter, 19th century. Two sand bottles with layered colored sand in geometric borders in molded glass bottles with applied lips, one partially painted, framing seascapes with ships, one having a crest of a shield with star surmounted by a fleur-de-lis and flanked by the initials E. F.; tallest ht. 10 in.
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Impressionist Pennsylvania Landscape by Fred Weber
Lot # 365 - Impressionist Pennsylvania Landscape by Fred Weber
Fred W. Weber (Pennsylvania, b. 1890).  Oil on canvas, a fine impressionist landscape in elaborate gilt and gesso frame, signed l.r.; 22 x 29 in. (sight).
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Silver Match Safe
Lot # 1540 - Silver Match Safe
Continental.  A silver match safe with foliate and lion decoration, unmarked; ht. 2.5 in., silver wt. 1.35ozt (42g).
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English Sheffield Lidded Vegetable Dishes
Lot # 1543 - English Sheffield Lidded Vegetable Dishes
English, 19th century. A pair of footed covered vegetable dishes with chased lid having finely cast artichoke finial. Interior has inner soldered pierced hot water tray, with removable dish. One dish has two marks of 2, the other with two 3 marks; ht. 8 in., lg. 11 in.
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