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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Sterling <i>Repoussé</i> Tray
Lot # 509 - Sterling Repoussé Tray
American, 20th century. A William B. Durgin Co. tray with ornate repousse border, marked for Wm. B. Durgin Co.; lg. 13 in., silver wt. 13.21ozt (411g).
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Chinese Qianlong Long Neck Vase
Lot # 217 - Chinese Qianlong Long Neck Vase
Chinese, early 20th century or earlier. A famille rose long neck vase with peach motifs, archaic underglaze blue Qianlong mark to underside; 9 in.
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Turkish Kozak Rug
Lot # 422 - Turkish Kozak Rug
Turkish, 20th century; 52 x 39 in., (4 ft. 4 in. x 3 ft. 3 in., 132.08 x 99.06cm)
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Prattware Pot Lids, Plus
Lot # 621 - Prattware Pot Lids, Plus
English, a group of twelve Prattware pot lids, including one paperweight, two lidded boxes, and nine lids, PLUS three books and one catalogue on Prattware lids, including Cyril Williams-Wood's Staffordshire Pot Lids and Their Potters, 1972, Harold George Clark's Under Glaze Colour Picture Prints on Staffordshire Pottery, 1949, A. Ball's The Price Guide to Pot-Lids and Other Underglaze Multicolour Prints on Ware, 1980, and Harmer Rooke Galleries Absentee Auction 58 Important Pot Lids, 1994; largest lid dia. 5 dia.
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Market Scene by Jiri Kamenicky, Oil on Board
Lot # 72 - Market Scene by Jiri Kamenicky, Oil on Board
Jiri Kamenicky (Czech, 1910-1974), signed l.l.; 19.5 x 24.5 in.
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Folk Art Carved Wall Pocket
Lot # 417 - Folk Art Carved Wall Pocket
American, 19th century. A figural folk art carved wall pocket in the shape of a gentleman's head; ht. 7 in.
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English High-Back Settle
Lot # 1056 - English High-Back Settle
English or American, 19th century. A high-back settle in pine, with bow back and conforming seat; ht. 64, w. 51, dp. 20 in.
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Late Classical Server
Lot # 190 - Late Classical Server
American, 19th century, a Late Classical server in mahogany with poplar and pine secondary, pencil signed Jacob Edmiston (?) and dated 1834, having a scrolled backsplash flanked by two drawers, over three aligned overhanging drawers, over three graduated drawers flanked by spiral columns, each drawer with cross-banding and cockbeading, the whole rising on turned feet; ht. 58, wd. 48.25, dp. 21.25 in.
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Fine Inlaid Miniature Ship's Wheel
Lot # 696 - Fine Inlaid Miniature Ship's Wheel
An inlaid mahogany miniature ship's wheel, having six spokes; 21.5 in. dia 
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Chinese export. A Famille rose pocelain vase with enameled garden scenes, bordered with floral, geometric and animals, lion finials on lids. 22.5" high.
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Tobias Katzenberger Mantel Clock
Lot # 128 - Tobias Katzenberger Mantel Clock
Austrian, 19th century. A mantel clock, having a gilt eagle finial and two gilt eagles flanking the dial, all over a mahogany case with applied metal mounts, columns, and a metal classical figure on the base set against a mirrored back, dial marked Tobias Katzen: berger: in Wien; ht. 25, wd. 14 in, dp. 5.5 in. 
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Austrian Sterling and Enamel Card Case
Lot # 318 - Austrian Sterling and Enamel Card Case
Austrian, early 20th century. A sterling silver and polychrome enamel card case with a rendering of Fragonard's painting The Swing, interior marked Made in Austria / 935 and with Austrian hallmarks, engraved monogram and 1931 on interior; 3.5 x 2.5 in.
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Schoenhut Girl Character Doll
Lot # 258 - Schoenhut Girl Character Doll
American, a Schoenhut girl character doll, jointed body, marked Schoenhut Doll, dated Jan 17, 11, U.S.A.; ht. 11.5 in.
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George III Sterling Fruit Spoons
Lot # 92 - George III Sterling Fruit Spoons
English, 18th century. A pair of George III sterling silver chased fruit spoons, the bowls with gilt, marked for London and 1782 and with maker's mark RC for Richard Crossley, in a fitted box; spoon lg. 8.25 in., silver wt. 4.16ozt (129.5g).
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Rose-Carved Side Chairs and Rocking Chair
Lot # 68 - Rose-Carved Side Chairs and Rocking Chair
American, 19th century. A group of six side chairs and one rocking chair in walnut, the side chairs having rose-carved crests and cut-out slats above caned seats and saber legs connected by box stretchers, the rocking chair having a rose-carved crest above a caned back and seat with scrolled arms, all rising on saber legs connected by a box stretcher and resting on rockers; rocking chair oah. 41 in.
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Venetian Scene
Lot # 153 - Venetian Scene
Italian, 19th century. Oil on board, housed in a gilt frame. A view of Venice. Signed illegibly, l.r.; 15.5 x 41 in. (sight).
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Chinese Imari Vases with Foo Dog Finials
Lot # 170 - Chinese Imari Vases with Foo Dog Finials
Chinese, early 20th century.  A pair of large baluster vases, Chinese Imari, each with covers having gilt foo dogs; ht. of largest 24 in.
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Grain-Painted Child's Dresser with Mirror
Lot # 528 - Grain-Painted Child's Dresser with Mirror
American, late 19th century. Child's grain-painted pine dresser with mirror; four drawers with decorative mouldings and fretwork mirror. Original locks and hardware; ht. 21, wd. 20, dp. 11 in.
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Caucasian Shirvan Prayer Rug
Lot # 371 - Caucasian Shirvan Prayer Rug
Caucasian, ca 1900. 6 ft. 1 in. x 3 ft. 3 in. (73.25 x 39 in.; 186.055 x 99.06 cm).
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<i>Weis</i> Barrister's Bookcase
Lot # 627 - Weis Barrister's Bookcase
American. A six-stack barrister's bookcase in oak, each stack with a lift-up glass door, marked for Weis; ht. 84, wd. 34, dp. 12.25 in.
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