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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Waterford Crystal Glasses
Lot # 113 - Waterford Crystal Glasses
Continental. Seventeen Waterford crystal glasses in the Lismore pattern, all marked Waterford; tallest ht. 7 in.
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Edward Steichen (American, 1879-1973), <i>Steichen the Photographer</i>, Text by Carl Sandburg
Lot # 44 - Edward Steichen (American, 1879-1973), Steichen the Photographer, Text by Carl Sandburg
American, 1929. A black cloth hard-cover book with gilt lettering published by Harcourt, Brace & Co., first edition, numbered 723 out of 925 copies, hand signed by both Steichen and Sandburg, and featuring 49 important examples of Edward Steichen's photographic work, accompanied by a biographical text by poet Carl Sandburg; 12.5 x 10 in. (book size).

The lot also includes a separate photograph of Dana Steichen, Steichen's wife.
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Greek School Figural Rug
Lot # 395 - Greek School Figural Rug
Greek, late 1940s-early 1950s. A Greek school rug, the center decorated with large creatures and the border with animals and birds, all in umbers, greys, Venetian red and other earth colors on a sand-colored ground; 2 ft. 8 in. x 4 ft. 5 in. (32 x 53 in., 81.28 x 134.62 cm).

This rug was woven in Greece in the late 1940s or early 1950s using designs from Joice and Sydney Loch that they had copied from churches and monasteries in the Mt. Athos region. The Lochs were authors and humanitarian workers who settled for a time in Ouranoupoli, near Mt. Athos. They encouraged the Greek villagers in the area to take up traditional rug weaving in order to earn a living. 
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American Renaissance <i>Wooton </i> Desk
Lot # 245 - American Renaissance Wooton Desk
Indianapolis, Indiana, 1874, a Wooton desk in walnut, burl walnut, and maple, the case with a shaped gallery above two large swinging doors with brass hardware including a Letters slot and name plaque reading Manufactured by the Wooton Desk Co., Indianapolis, Ind. Pat. Oct. 6, 1874, the doors enclosing a fall front surface and fitted interior; ht. 64, wd. 41.75, dp. 28.25 in.
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Rembrandt Van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669)
Lot # 54 - Rembrandt Van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669)
Rembrandt in Velvet Hat and Plume
posthumous self-portrait etching
titled on label on verso of frame, also reading "Original Etching by Rembrandt Van Ryn
printed last quarter of 18th century, Bason edition
listed in Arthur M. Hind's A Catalogue of Rembrandt's Etchings as #156." 
5 x 6 in. (sheet size)
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Lot # 772 - Fallows "Fancy Goods Toys & Notions" Wagon
Philadelphia, ca 1880. Large size tin push toy horse and covered cart attributed to Fallows, having stenciled lettering reading Fancy Goods / Toys / & Notions upon a bright red ground with blue lower section. Rider possibly a replacement; lg. 19.75 in.
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1930s Crystal Chandelier
Lot # 1186 - 1930s Crystal Chandelier
American or Continental, 1930s. A chandelier having concentric brass rings, the upper ring with polychrome decorated acanthus leaves, all rings supporting crystal pendants, three light sockets at top center; dia. 14 in.
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Russian Icon, Devotion Scene
Lot # 212 - Russian Icon, Devotion Scene
Russian, 19th century. Tempera on wood, with back slats; 21 x 18 in.
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Dolphin Form Pressed Glass Candlesticks
Lot # 495 - Dolphin Form Pressed Glass Candlesticks
American, 20th century. A pair of pressed glass dolphin form candlesticks; ht. 10.5 in.
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Pennsylvania Stoneware Advertising Vessels
Lot # 573 - Pennsylvania Stoneware Advertising Vessels
American (Pittsburgh, PA), late 19th century. An alcohol merchant advertising jug, ca 1890, with cobalt stenciling reading Michael Minick / Wholesale Dealer / in / Whiskies / Wines, Brandies / And Beer / 766 West Carson St. / Pittsburgh PA and a tobacco jar, ca 1870s, stenciled Weyman & Bro / Pittsburgh  / PA; jug ht. 10.75.
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Southern Late Classical Chest
Lot # 473 - Southern Late Classical Chest
American (possibly Tennessee), ca 1820-1825. Chest having an overhanging top drawer over three graduated drawers flanked by ring-turned engaged columns, rising on turned legs; ht. 49, wd. 40.75, dp. 20.5 in.
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George Ault (American, 1891-1948), Provincetown Harbor
Lot # 64 - George Ault (American, 1891-1948), Provincetown Harbor
Watercolor on paper, signed and dated '21 l.r.; 11.25 x 15.5 in.

This watercolor is likely depicting Provincetown harbor, and was given to a family member, descending directly in the family of the artist.
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Bronzed Baseball Ceramic by <i>P. Testi</i>
Lot # 557 - Bronzed Baseball Ceramic by P. Testi
After Paul Testi (American, 1882-ca. 1943) patinated bronze ceramic figure of a baseball pitcher, signed on the base and with date 1910, also marked "New York"; ht. 9 in.
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Early American Portrait Miniature of a Young Girl on Ivory
Lot # 109 - Early American Portrait Miniature of a Young Girl on Ivory
American, ca 1810-1820. Portrait of a young girl with a red necklace and earrings painted on ivory, mounted in a pendant with woven hair visible on the verso; 2.5 x 2 in. (sight).
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Chinese Emperor and Empress Figures
Lot # 657 - Chinese Emperor and Empress Figures
Pair of Chinese bone figures of Emperor and Empress, each standing wearing long robes, the empress holding flower basket and the emperor holding a sword, bottom used as a decorative stamp, ht. 6.25-7.25 in.
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Chinese Cloissone Vase
Lot # 633 - Chinese Cloissone Vase
Chinese, 19th century, brass and cloissone vase with inset colored stones, tiger handles and an impressed character mark on base; ht. 9.5 in.
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Scherenschnitte Valentines and Picture
Lot # 215 - Scherenschnitte Valentines and Picture
American, 19th century. A cutwork valentine featuring hearts and reading Forget me not / Catharine / (illegible), another of amorphous design reading To Father from Lulu Belle, and a cutwork picture with two birds and a lyre design formed with vines, all housed in wooden frames; largest 15.75 x 13.75 in. (including frame).
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<i>Baker</i> Chippendale-Style Chairs
Lot # 1033 - Baker Chippendale-Style Chairs
American, 20th century. A set of ten Chippendale-style mahogany chairs attributed to Baker, including two arm chairs and eight side chairs, each with a slightly scrolling crest rail, ribbon back and maroon leather upholstery, all rising on Marlborough legs joined by h-stretchers; ht. 37, wd. 24, dp. 19 in. (arm chair).
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Pair of Blue and White Pepper Pots
Lot # 585 - Pair of Blue and White Pepper Pots
English, 19th century. Two bulbous pepper shakers having a blue feather band around shoulders and a star motif to domed tops; tallest ht. 4.75 in.
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Gentleman's Dresser Set
Lot # 862 - Gentleman's Dresser Set
American, a gentleman's dresser set including five brushes, a mirror, a shaving razor, a comb, a file, two brush cases, and two buffers; largest brush lg. 7.5 in.
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