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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Winter Country Scene by Martin Lewis, Drypoint
Lot # 4 - Winter Country Scene by Martin Lewis, Drypoint
Martin Lewis (Australian, 1881-1962), signed l.r.; 9.75 x 11.5 in.

After immigrating to America in 1900, Martin Lewis became a prominent printmaker in the early half of the 20th century. Though largely self-taught, Lewis' work shares affinities with American artists, such as Edward Hopper and George Bellows, as well as contemporary Japanese printmaking. Predominantly interested in urban scenes of New York City, Lewis also delved into more rural subject matter during the 1930s, like the example here. Lewis left New York City for rural Sandy Hook, CT in 1930 and he resided there until 1936; this print dates to that period. This snowscape shows Lewis' focus on contrast with its pure whites, varying degrees of grey, and saturated blacks.
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Folk Art Still Lifes
Lot # 15 - Folk Art Still Lifes
American, 19th century. A group of three watercolors, each housed in lemon gilt frames, including the smallest example with prayer, dated 1858, inscribed Ohio, and signed Almeda O'Hay;  largest 10.5 x 8 in. (sight).
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Assortment of Silver Items
Lot # 146 - Assortment of Silver Items
Includes a sterling tray, lg. 10 in. Plus a sterling tea strainer with figural handle depicting a boy with water buckets, marked Italy / 800, lg. 4.5 in. Plus six assorted souvenir spoons, longest lg. 6 in.
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English Sterling Cann, Plate and Ladle
Lot # 233 - English Sterling Cann, Plate and Ladle
English, 19th century. Three sterling silver wares, including a sterling cann, dated 1861, struck for London, possibly by the maker Jane Brownette featuring repouss√© floral sprays flanking a central reserve engraved with SJW / Stratford-on-Avon and surmounted by an engraved Johnston family crest of a winged spur, all on a round, chased foot, marks near handle and upper rim, a sauce ladle, possibly by William Eaton, ca 1826, with shell and acanthus motifs, marked on underside on handle, and a plate by Daniel Smith & Robert Sharp, dated 1782, with gadrooned, petal form rim engraved with the insignia of the Order of the Bath, along with an armorial of two lions under a banner reading Virtus / Mille / Scuta, marked on underside and engraved No 120 / 17"9; plate dia. 9.5, cann ht. 5.25 in., silver wt. 30.32ozt (943g).
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Queen Anne Japanned Chest on Stand
Lot # 35 - Queen Anne Japanned Chest on Stand
Continental, 18th century. A Japanned chest on stand, likely German, having two aligned drawers over three graduated one, the stand with one long drawer, the hardware of pierced backplates and eschutcheons and drop pulls connected with cotter pins; ht. 44.5, wd. 43, dp. 24.5 in.
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Scroll Painting of Birds and Fruit
Lot # 955 - Scroll Painting of Birds and Fruit
Chinese, a scroll painting of birds and fruit, with calligraphic text and one red seal; 28 x 18.5 in.
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Demilune Tables
Lot # 298 - Demilune Tables
a pair of Queen Anne-style demilune tables, each with a fold-over top, shaped apron and tapered legs ending in pad feet, with a rear swing leg; ht. 27.75, wd. 18, dp. 9 in.
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<i> In Spring </i> by Hazel Witchner
Lot # 571 - In Spring by Hazel Witchner
Hazel Witchner (American, 1890-1992). Oil on canvas, housed in a gilt frame. A spring countryside landscape with a tree and a house. Signed l.r.; 17.75 x 21.5 in. (sight).
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<i>Bergdorf Goodman</i> Mink Coat
Lot # 500 - Bergdorf Goodman Mink Coat
Full length mink coat with color, having label Bergdorf Goodman / on the Plaza / New York; size approx. women's small.
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Historical Staffordshire of American Interest
Lot # 190 - Historical Staffordshire of American Interest
English, first half 19th century. A group of four blue and white Staffordshire plates decorated with scenes of American historical interest including Clews "Landing of Lafayette" and "Winter View of Pittsfield, Mass.", "Upper Ferry Bridge Over the Schuylkill", impressed Stubbs, and "The Landing of the Fathers at Plymouth" by Enoch Wood & Sons; largest dia. 10.25 in.
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<i>Willets</i> Belleek Dragon Handled Pitcher
Lot # 580 - Willets Belleek Dragon Handled Pitcher
American. A Willets Belleek dragon handled pitcher with painted grapes, marked for Willets and with artist's signature E. Anthe; ht. 15.5 in.
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Dwarf Tall Case Clock
Lot # 315 - Dwarf Tall Case Clock
Probably British, 20th century. A dwarf tall case clock in mahogany with tiger maple accents and lightwood inlays, having an eight-day, time and strike on bell movement driven by weights. The case with a scrolled, broken arch pediment above a glazed door and spindles, opening to a painted, Roman numeral dial with flowers in the corners, the arched top having a moon phase disc with a nautical scene and a homestead, the waist with a cockbeaded tombstone door inlaid with a central sunburst and flanked by reeded quarter columns, the whole resting on a molded box base with reeded quarter columns and French feet; ht. 63.5, wd. 14, dp. 8.25 in.
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<i>George Richardson</i> Pewter Teapots Plus
Lot # 652 - George Richardson Pewter Teapots Plus
American (Rhode Island), 19th century. Two pewter teapots, one with black painted handle, both struck for G. Richardson PLUS an unmarked, black handled coffee pot and two unmarked pewter platters, one bearing the initials D.D.; largest platter dia. 13.25 in.
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<i>Hallmark Ribbon Rose</i> Flatware
Lot # 669 - Hallmark Ribbon Rose Flatware
American, mid-20th century. A ninety-six piece sterling flatware set by Hallmark in the Ribbon Rose pattern, including twelve hollow knives, twelve salad forks, twelve dinner forks, thirteen round soup spoons, six casserole spoons, fourteen teaspoons, twelve iced tea spoons, twelve butter spreaders, one cream ladle, one serving fork and one master butter; casserole spoon lg. 8.5 in., knife lg. 9 in.; weighable silver wt. 91.59ozt (2948g).
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Thomas Williamson (British, and Samuel Howitt (British, ca. 1765-1822)
Lot # 386 - Thomas Williamson (British, and Samuel Howitt (British, ca. 1765-1822)
The Ganges Breaking Its Banks/Jackals Receiving a Friend/Chase After a Wolf/Death of a Bear/Driving a Bear Out of Sugar Canes
hand-colored etchings on wove paper (5) 
each marked Williamson & Howitt l.l. and J. Clark Etched l.r.
each marked l.c. Published by Edw.d Orme Bond Street Sept. 1st 1807 & by B. Crosby & Co. Stationers Court 
each unframed 
8 x 5.25 in. (each plate); 12 x 9.25 in. (largest paper) 

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Charles William Cain (British, 1893-1962)
Lot # 434 - Charles William Cain (British, 1893-1962)
Middle Eastern Street Scene
signed l.r., numbered 79/90 l.l.
early 20th century 
4.75 in. x 6.75 in. (plate); 11.75 x 14.75 in. (frame) 
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English Royal Winton Tea Set with Cottage China Pattern
Lot # 207 - English Royal Winton Tea Set with Cottage China Pattern
British, ca. 1930. Porcelain tea set decorated with a Cottage China pattern and comprising one lidded Albans teapot, one under tray for teapot, one biscuit tray, one small milk jug, one sugar cup, and one under tray for jug and cup. Royal Winton mark to underside of each; ht. 6.25 in. (largest).
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<i>Royal Worcester</i> Dorothy Doughty Gold Finches
Lot # 309 - Royal Worcester Dorothy Doughty Gold Finches
English, first half 20th century. A pair of porcelain gold finches, male and female, perched on thistle branches, modeled by Dorothy Doughty (1892-1962) for her American Birds series, and produced by Royal Worcester, species, artist signature, and factory marks on underside of base; taller ht. 7.5 in.
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East Tennessee Inlaid Dressing Table
Lot # 138 - East Tennessee Inlaid Dressing Table
American (Tennessee), 19th century. An inlaid cherry dressing table with banded tapered legs, yellow pine secondary wood; ht. 28.5, wd. 31, dp. 18.25 in.

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Shaker-style Rocker
Lot # 177 - Shaker-style Rocker
American, late 19th century; a Shaker-style ladder back armed rocker with later woven seat; ht. 41.5, wd. 19 in.
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