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>Towle Lady Diana</i> Sterling Flatware
Lot # 24 - Towle Lady Diana Sterling Flatware
American, 20th century. Sixty-five pieces of Towle sterling flatware in the Lady Diana pattern, including 8 dinner knives with stainless blades, 8 dinner forks, 8 luncheon forks, 16 teaspoons, 8 soup spoons, 8 butter spreaders, 3 serving spoons, 1 ladle, a 2-piece carving set with stainless, one oyster fork, one fish knife with stainless blade, and one sugar spoon; longest lg. 11.25 in., weighable silver wt. 62.666ozt (1949.1g).
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Arts and Crafts Silver on Bronze Desk Accessories
Lot # 104 - Arts and Crafts Silver on Bronze Desk Accessories
American, early 20th century, a group of four desk accessories including a pair of Heintz, silver on bronze bookends, a Roycroft perpetual calendar/letter holder, a cubed glass ink well with hammered copper top, unmarked and a tooled bronze casket box, marked A.B.; largest ht. 4.765, wd. 6 in.
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George III Sterling Spoons
Lot # 12 - George III Sterling Spoons
London, England, 1792. Twelve sterling silver spoons, marked for London, dated 1792, and hallmarked TW possibly for Thomas Wallis; lg. 6.75 in., silver wt. 12.12ozt (377g).
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Silver-plated Serving Pieces
Lot # 386 - Silver-plated Serving Pieces
20th century, lot of three includes a meat platter, covered vegetable dish, and butter tray; platter lg. 16.5 in.
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Tall Columnar Floor Lamp
Lot # 141 - Tall Columnar Floor Lamp
American, late 19th/early 20th century. A fluted columnar floor lamp with three bulb system, crafted from patinated metal, featuring acanthus capital and base swag, all on substantial architectural base, and having a pleated and fringe shade; ht. 76, wd. 18in.   
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Antonietta Brandeis (Italian, 1849-1920)
Lot # 90 - Antonietta Brandeis (Italian, 1849-1920)
La Dogana, Venezia
oil on wood panel
signed l.r.
title inscribed on verso
4.75 x 8.25 in. (sight)
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<i>J.B. Owens Utopian</i> Vase by Albert Haubrich
Lot # 820 - J.B. Owens Utopian Vase by Albert Haubrich
J.B. Owens (Zanesville, Ohio), late 19th-early 20th century.  A large utopian vase in a standard glaze with floral decoration by Albert Haubrich, underside marked Utopian, 787, J.B. Owens; ht. 13 in.
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Hamadan Rug
Lot # 190 - Hamadan Rug
Iranian. A  Hamadan rug;  4 ft. 1 in. x 7 ft. (49 x 84 in., 124.46 x 213.36 cm).
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P. Haun and A. M. Webber Bronze Mounted Racehorses
Lot # 174 - P. Haun and A. M. Webber Bronze Mounted Racehorses
American, late 20th century. Two cast bronze sculptures of racehorses with jockeys. Both signed and dated 1979 and 1987 on base; tallest ht. 15.5 in.
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Set of Japanese Dessert Plates
Lot # 62 - Set of Japanese Dessert Plates
Japanese, Meiji period, ca 1900. A set of six plates with gilt scalloped rims and Geisha center decorations. Asahi Yama signature to underside of each; dia. 7.5 in.
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<i>Tiffany Favrile</i> Bud Vase
Lot # 796 - Tiffany Favrile Bud Vase
American, early 20th century. A Tiffany Favrile glass bud vase with pulled feather decoration and incised floral motif with a cast bronze base, glass is signed L.C.T. Favrile on underside, base is unmarked; ht. 15.5 in.
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Robert Ward Van Boskerck (American, 1855-1932), A Village Lane
Lot # 271 - Robert Ward Van Boskerck (American, 1855-1932), A Village Lane
Oil on cradled panel, an impressionist village by the New Jersey artist, signed l.r.; 9.75 x 14 in.
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Wrought Iron Hanging Lamp
Lot # 510 - Wrought Iron Hanging Lamp
American, early 19th century. A triangular loop supporting two candle sockets in saucers; ht. 19 in. (with hook), wd. 20 in.
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Henrich Schroeder Cincinnati Carved Wooden Angel
Lot # 393 - Henrich Schroeder Cincinnati Carved Wooden Angel
Cincinnati, OH, ca 1880s, pine, with gesso and polychrome surface, stamped on underside H. Schroeder / Sculpture and Carver 154 Linn St. / Cincinnati, Ohio; ht. 30.5 in.

Heinrich Schroeder (1837-1898), German immigrant and famed Catholic altar/pulpit builder, constructed altars and polychrome carvings in churches throughout Cincinnati, most remarkably, the Gothic sacristy at St. Francis de Sales, Cincinnati, OH, the angels at Mother of God Church, Covington, KY, among many others.
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Surveyor's Brass Vernier Compass
Lot # 355 - Surveyor's Brass Vernier Compass
Unmarked Vernier compass, with both sight vanes, no ball and socket and no compass cover, 5.75 x 14.5 in.; accompanied by wooden box with leather strap, lg. 14.5, wd. 7.25, ht. 4 in.
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<i>Thomas and William Bill</i> Iron Hogscraper Candlestick
Lot # 593 - Thomas and William Bill Iron Hogscraper Candlestick
English, early 19th century. A sheet iron hogscraper candlestick, thumbpiece struck BILL for Thomas and William Bill, active in Birmingham from 1815-1830; ht. 6.75 in.
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Wooden Dovetailed Carrier Box
Lot # 184 - Wooden Dovetailed Carrier Box
American, 19th century. A rectangular wooden box of dovetailed construction, having a bentwood handle and lid with turned knob handle, interior with traces of red paint; oah. 9.5 (handle), wd. 15, dp. 10.5 in.
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Lanier Meaders Face Jug
Lot # 263 - Lanier Meaders Face Jug
Lanier Meaders (American, 1917-1998). A single handled stoneware face jug with stone teeth, painted ceramic eyes and alkaline dark green glaze. Signed on underside of base; ht. 10.5 in.
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Chinese Export Blue and White Dish
Lot # 176 - Chinese Export Blue and White Dish
Chinese Export, 19th century. A blue and white porcelain dish, with a scenic interior, blue and white rim, foot well worn; dia. 6.25 in.
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