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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Porcelain Figural Dress Cane Handles
Lot # 85 - Porcelain Figural Dress Cane Handles
Probably German, late 19th century. A pair of porcelain dress cane handles, one decorated with a woman's head, her face covered with an elaborate black lace veil, the body of the handle with landscape vignettes including courtship scenes of a young couple; the other handle having a bust of a woman wearing a hat tied with a floral scarf, retaining its original metal collar, both unmarked; lg. of largest, 4.5 in.
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Automaton Birds in Cage
Lot # 126 - Automaton Birds in Cage
20th century, two automaton birds in a brass cage. When wound, the birds open their mouths and move their tails; cage ht. 10 in.
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Cole Carothers (American, b. 1949),  <i>The Conspiracy</i>
Lot # 108 - Cole Carothers (American, b. 1949), The Conspiracy
Oil and encaustic on panel, titled The Conspiracy on verso, signed and dated 82 u.r.; 24 x 18 in.
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Leon Lhermitte (French, 1844-1925)
Lot # 458 - Leon Lhermitte (French, 1844-1925)
Portrait of the Artist's Wife
charcoal on paper
signed l.l.
16 x 11.75 in. (sheet size)
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Redware Pitcher
Lot # 206 - Redware Pitcher
American, 19th century. A redware pitcher with green and white decoration; ht. 7.5 in.
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Georgian Bombe Commode
Lot # 865 - Georgian Bombe Commode
English, 19th century. A bombe commode in walnut having a serpentine top and three conforming, graduated drawers with molded brass pulls over a shaped apron, all rising on French feet; ht. 31, wd. 36.5, dp. 25 in.
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Lot # 398 - Duhme "Medallion" Serving Spoon, Plus
American, a "Medallion" pattern serving spoon, marked with the Cincinnati silversmith Duhme, lg. 8.5 in; Plus, a sterling serving spoon, brilliant cut design with center Medallion, marked C.O. for Clemens Oskamp,(Cincinnati working ca 1852-1857); lg. 8.5 in. Total silver weight 3.37 ozt. (103g)
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Sterling Basket
Lot # 1071 - Sterling Basket
English, late 19th century. A sterling cast and pierced basket by James Dixon and Sons with applied foot, floral and C-scroll ornament, stamped with maker's mark and date letter 1897; ht. 4.25, wd. 11.5 in, silver wt. 20.13ozt (626g).
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Countertop Display Case with Curved Glass
Lot # 73 - Countertop Display Case with Curved Glass
American, 20th century. Nickel-over-brass store countertop display case having a curved front, mirror back, red fabric-lined base, and bottom hinged door in back; ht. 13.25, wd. 23.5, dp. 25 in.
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Applique Quilt in Rose Wreath Pattern
Lot # 966 - Applique Quilt in Rose Wreath Pattern
American, ca 1860-1870. An applique quilt in the rose wreath pattern having twenty four wreaths with green leaf rings and flowers in two shades of pink on a white ground with green binding, quilted with stitching in a cross hatch pattern with large feathered medallions stitched between each appliqued wreath; 62.5 x 84 in.
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<i>David</i> After Donatello, Bronze
Lot # 547 - David After Donatello, Bronze
20th century, a bronze recast on marble base after Donatello's David (ca 1440s); ht. 15.25 in. (without base).
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Pair of German Porcelain Guineas
Lot # 908 - Pair of German Porcelain Guineas
German, 19th century. A pair of polychrome painted porcelain guineas, possibly Furstenberg or Rosenthal; tallest ht. 6 in.
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Italian Neoclassical-Style Mirror
Lot # 281 - Italian Neoclassical-Style Mirror
Continental (Italy), early 20th century. A carved and giltwood Neoclassical-style mirror, having a molded cornice and a frieze with applied decorations, above an eglomise panel and a rectangular mirror plate, flanked by ebonized columns with Ionic capitals, the back stamped Palladio / Handcarved In Italy and retaining a period label marked M267 in pencil; 45 x 26.5 in.
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Continental and Asian. An assembled group of porcelain, including portrait plate of Lady Louisa Manners after Sir V. Reynolds; .5" diameter. Plus a 19th century Satsuma vase, 8" high and china lidded baluster form vase, 7.25" high.
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English Brass Fireplace Tools
Lot # 100 - English Brass Fireplace Tools
English, brass fireplace tools to include a stand, tongs, shovel, and cinder brush, unmarked; stand ht. 18 in.
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Ohio Stepback Cupboard in Cherry
Lot # 856 - Ohio Stepback Cupboard in Cherry
American (Ohio), 19th century. A one-piece stepback cupboard in cherry, having coved cornice moldings above recessed paneled doors, on a shaped skirt; ht. 82, wd. 44, dp. 16.5 in. 
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Continental Porcelain Figure of a Gentleman
Lot # 129 - Continental Porcelain Figure of a Gentleman
Continental, 19th century. A finely modeled polychrome porcelain figure of a gentleman, holding a gold coin in one hand and a letter in the other, standing on a rocaille base, marked with R in underglaze blue on the underside, possibly for Greiner & Holzapfel (Germany); ht. 10.75 in.

Greiner & Holzapfel (founded ca 1804), an East German porcelain manufacturer, had various names and owners with the last name being Oldest Volkstedt Porcelain Manufactory.
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Kozak Rug
Lot # 237 - Kozak Rug
Turkish, 20th century; 52.5 x 43 in. (4 ft. 4 in. x 3 ft. 7 in., 133.4 x 109.2 cm).
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Halloween Noise Makers
Lot # 301 - Halloween Noise Makers
American and German, early-mid-20th century. A selection of vintage metal and wooden Halloween noisemakers and party favors in various styles including rattles, paddles, and ratchets. Manufacturers include Kirchhof, U.S. Metal Toy Mfg. Co., and T. Cohn Inc.; (German drum on stick) lg. 11 in.
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Flint Enamel Tea Pot, and Rockingham Glaze Casserole and Butter Dish
Lot # 566 - Flint Enamel Tea Pot, and Rockingham Glaze Casserole and Butter Dish
American, 19th century. A covered and handled casserole with molded foliate motifs to body, a three-piece butter dish, and an alternate rib pattern teapot having a mismatched lid; lg. 12.25 in. (casserole).
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