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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Sunderland Pink Luster Ware Four Seasons
Lot # 150 - Sunderland Pink Luster Ware Four Seasons
English, early 19th century. A group of four Sunderland pink lustre ware allegorical figures depicting the four seasons by Dixon, Austin, & Co. Spring marked; tallest ht. 9, wd. 3.75, dp. 3.75 in.
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Large <i>Capodimonte</i> Polychrome Urns
Lot # 471 - Large Capodimonte Polychrome Urns
Continental. A pair of large Capodimonte porcelain lidded urns, with polychrome decorations and gilt highlights, each having a lid with putti finials, ram's head handles, puttis in relief, on a flared foot over square base with canted corners, marked with crown over N for Capodimonte on bottom; ht. 22.5 in.
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Edna Bizon (English, b. 1929)
Lot # 348 - Edna Bizon (English, b. 1929)
Still Life with Bread, Cheese, and Onions
oil on canvas
signed l.r.
9.25 x 11.5 in. (sight)
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Bahktiari Rug
Lot # 439 - Bahktiari Rug
Iranian. A wool Bahktiari rug with central medallion pattern; 10 ft. 9 in. x 16 ft. 2 in. (129 x 194 in., 327.7 x 492.8 cm)
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English Clothes Press
Lot # 149 - English Clothes Press
English, late 19th- early 20th century. A clothes press in burled walnut and mahogany having a moulded top over two paneled doors in the upper case, over a lower case with two aligning drawers over two long crossbanded drawers, all rising on bracket feet; ht. 71, wd. 41.5, dp. 24.5 in.
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John Elwood Bundy (American, 1853-1933)
Lot # 35 - John Elwood Bundy (American, 1853-1933)
oil on canvas
signed l.r.
exhibition label from South Bend, Indiana on verso, 1979
15 x 19.5 in. (sight)

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<i>Gorham</i> Sterling Tea & Coffee Service
Lot # 14 - Gorham Sterling Tea & Coffee Service
American, ca 1920. A five-piece sterling silver tea and coffee service, including a teapot, coffee pot, a creamer, lidded sugar bowl and waste bowl in a ribbed floral pattern, monogramed, FWC and marked Gorham / Sterling and with the cipher for Loring Andrews, Cincinnati jewelers where the sticks were retailed; service; ht. 8.5 in., silver wt. with ivory finials 102.4ozt (3185g).    

The monogram, FWC, is likely for Florence W. Cooper, wife of Ira J. Cooper, of Cooper Tire and Rubber Company, now headquartered in Findlay, Ohio.

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Pair of Landscapes by Floyd Hopper
Lot # 622 - Pair of Landscapes by Floyd Hopper
Floyd Hopper (American/Indiana, 1909-1984).  Each watercolor and graphite on paper, signed l.l.; 11.75 x 16 in. (sight).
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Pair of Late Classical Gaming Tables
Lot # 770 - Pair of Late Classical Gaming Tables
American, 19th century. A pair of late classical gaming tables in mahogany on square supports over four scrolling carved claw feet on casters; ht. 30.5, wd. 25.25, dp. 17.25 in.
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Chinese Dragon Rug
Lot # 488 - Chinese Dragon Rug
Chinese, ca 1940s, a wool with a repeating five-clawed dragon, in cut design; 11 ft. 10 in. x 9 ft. 2 in. (142 x 110 in., 360.68 x 297.4 cm)
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Bergman Austrian Cold-Painted Bronze Figure
Lot # 396 - Bergman Austrian Cold-Painted Bronze Figure
Austrian, early 20th century. A Franz Bergman cold-painted bronze figure of a reclining Arab child smoking, marked Westel Allgayer & Co. Wien / Real Vienna Bronze / Nam-Greb (Franz Bergman) on underside; lg. 6 in.
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Folk Art Shaving Mirror
Lot # 59 - Folk Art Shaving Mirror
American. A painted, wooden red shaving mirror; lg. 23 in.
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Russian Icon of Christ Pantokrator the Teacher
Lot # 431 - Russian Icon of Christ Pantokrator the Teacher
Russian, 19th century. Tempera on wood with gilt and enameled riza. An icon depicting Christ the Teacher with a raised and polychrome enameled halo, illegibly marked at bottom; 12.5 x 10 in. (full size).
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American Outset Corner Tea Table-Queen Anne-Style
Lot # 731 - American Outset Corner Tea Table-Queen Anne-Style
American, 20th century. An outset corner tea table in the Queen Anne style, stamped Dixon; ht. 26.75, wd. 33, dp. 21 in.
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Italian Silver Coffee and Tea Service
Lot # 616 - Italian Silver Coffee and Tea Service
Italian (Florence), 20th century. An Italian silver coffee and tea service, consisting of tea pot, coffee pot, creamer and sugar bowl,  with pierced rims, gadrooned sides and molded handles and spouts, struck for 800 silver, and for Florence, Italy, indistinguishable maker's mark; ht. of teapot, 7.25 in., total silver wt. of all pieces, 55ozt (1730g).
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Cast Figural Andirons and Fireplace Tools
Lot # 458 - Cast Figural Andirons and Fireplace Tools
American, 19th century. A pair of andirons with top in the form of female figures, and tools including a hearth brush, a shovel, and ember tongs; ht. 14.5, lg. 19.5 in. (andirons).
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Indian Miniatures of Mumtaz Mahal, Watercolor on Ivory
Lot # 223 - Indian Miniatures of Mumtaz Mahal, Watercolor on Ivory
Indian, 19th century. A pair of painted miniatures on ivory depicting Mumtaz Mahal, the empress of India during the Mughal dynasty, unsigned with handwritten descriptive info on verso of one; 4.25 x 3 in.

Mumtaz Mahal, was the name given to the Persian princess Arjumand Banu Begum, the third wife of Shah Janan. A Shia Muslim, Mumtaz Mahal died during childbirth in 1631. In memory of her, Shan Jahan built the Taj Mahal from 1632-1653 as a mausoleum for his beloved wife.
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Cherry Chippendale Chest of Drawers
Lot # 36 - Cherry Chippendale Chest of Drawers
American, 18th century. A Chippendale chest of drawers in cherry, having four graduated drawers with ivory oval escutcheons, over ogee bracket feet; ht. 46, wd. 41, dp. 19 in.
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Six U.S. Patent Models
Lot # 490 - Six U.S. Patent Models
American, 19th century. Six United States patent models with original labels, including a coffee roaster (1868), window cleaners (brush and squegee, 1879), a lubricating cartridge (1875), an egg beater (1866), an appliance for cooling liquids (1865) and an ironing table (1884);
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Edward Weston (American, 1886-1958)
Lot # 40 - Edward Weston (American, 1886-1958)
North Wall, Point Lobos
gelatin silver print
printed later by Cole Weston
from Edward Weston Portfolio, print no. 9, of set no. 33 (edition of 50) published 1971 by Witkin-Berley Limited 
9.5 x 7.25 in. (sight)
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