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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Sulphide Marbles, Plus
Lot # 361 - Sulphide Marbles, Plus
Two clear sulphide marbles, one a lion, the other, a sea creature, PLUS two machine made swirls and a clear glass display mount for one marble; lion sulphide dia. approximately 1.5 in.
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American Dry Sink
Lot # 248 - American Dry Sink
American, 20th century. A poplar dry sink with shaped top and sides and a long shelf over two recessed paneled doors, with shaped skirt mirroring crest; ht. 58, wd. 37.75, dp. 15 in.
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English Vernacular Side Chairs
Lot # 53 - English Vernacular Side Chairs
English, four vernacular side chairs in oak, with turned stiles, scalloped graduated slats, rush woven seats, turned front legs and front stretcher, ending in front pad feet with high discs; ht. 28, seat ht. 17 in.
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19th Century American Still Life, Pastel
Lot # 235 - 19th Century American Still Life, Pastel
American, 19th century. A pastel still life with fruit and flowers, housed in an early frame; 16.25 x 20.25 in.
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Man by Nahum Tschacbasov, Oil on Panel
Lot # 259 - Man by Nahum Tschacbasov, Oil on Panel
Nahum Tschacbasov (Russian, 1899-1994), signed l.r.; 35.5 x 23 in.
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Genre Scenes by Marko Vukovic, Woodblock and Watercolor
Lot # 458 - Genre Scenes by Marko Vukovic, Woodblock and Watercolor
Marko Vukovic (Yugoslavian, 1892-1973), includes a woodblock print of men, signed l.r. and watercolor of a cityscape, signed and dated 28 l.r.; smallest 8 x 10 in., largest 14.5 x 19 in.
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Mettlach Relief Molded Steins
Lot # 825 - Mettlach Relief Molded Steins
German, late 19th century. A pair of relief molded steins with hinged lids, one a 1/2L with figural decorations, the other a 3/10L with crests and architectural elements, marked Mettlach / VB / 2182 / 1 / 96 and Villeroy & Boch / Mettlach / 2077 / 19 / II / 93 respectively; largest ht. 7.5 in.
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Terra Cotta Bust of Woman
Lot # 757 - Terra Cotta Bust of Woman
American, 1949. A terra cotta bust of a woman, marked AGG / 1949 / Ginny, presented with a rectangular wooden base; ht. 6.25 in. (without base).
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English Mahogany Wall Sconces
Lot # 390 - English Mahogany Wall Sconces
English, 19th century. A pair of mahogany wall sconces with geometric dark wood inlay, the interiors having metal linings and (later) one-bulb sockets; ht. 10.75, dia. 11.5 x 5.5 in.
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Staffordshire Medici Lion
Lot # 157 - Staffordshire Medici Lion
English. Staffordshire lion with front paw on ball in the style of a Medici lion atop a base decorated with ivy, ht. 9.75, wd. 11, dp. 6 in.
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Early Tin and Pewter Items
Lot # 1115 - Early Tin and Pewter Items
American, late 18th century. Lot of three includes a Joseph Danforth pewter plate, an L.B. Smith, Boston pewter plate, and an early tin Santa Claus figural cookie cutter; largest plate dia. 8 in.
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Russian Icons, Devotional Scenes
Lot # 191 - Russian Icons, Devotional Scenes
Russian, late 19th century. Three tempera on wood icons depicting various devotional scenes; largest 14 x 12 in.
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Chinese Boxes
Lot # 596 - Chinese Boxes
Chinese, 20th century. Includes a metal box with polychrome floral enamel on exterior and marked China; ht. 2.5, lg. 6.5, wd. 4 in.; and an oval box with lacquered interior; ht. 2, lg. 7.5, wd. 5 in.
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Sanguine Study of Lion by George Luks
Lot # 661 - Sanguine Study of Lion by George Luks
George Luks (American, 1867-1933).  Sanguine on paper, with artist's estate stamp on paper, signed l.r.; 18.25 x 24 in. (sight).
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Portrait of a Lady, Oil on Canvas
Lot # 234 - Portrait of a Lady, Oil on Canvas
American, ca 1835-1840, attributed to Noah North (New York, 1809-1880), a portrait of a seated lady with elaborate curls, gold jewelry and a green dress with a lace collar; 27.5 x 23.25 in.
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<i>Bucherer</i> Comic Character Doll
Lot # 520 - Bucherer Comic Character Doll
Swiss comic character doll by Bucherer with original clothes; torso stamped "Made in Switzerland Patents Applied for;" carved and painted wooden hands, shoed feet and face; metal body with articulated, moveable joints; 7 in.
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Smiths Astral Clock
Lot # 99 - Smiths Astral Clock
English, 19th century. A Smiths Astral brass ship's engine room clock; face dia. 7.75, overall dia. 10.25 in.
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English Regency Sideboard
Lot # 69 - English Regency Sideboard
English. A Regency inlaid mahogany and oak bowfront sideboard, on square tapered legs ending in square feet; ht. 33.5, wd. 58, dp. 23 in.

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Sydney Lee (English, 1866-1949)
Lot # 307 - Sydney Lee (English, 1866-1949)
The Gate House
signed in pencil l.r.
initialed L within plate l.l.
limited edition of 100
4.75 x 7 in. (plate size)

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Miniature Handmade Brass Bucket and Britannia Coffee Pot
Lot # 60 - Miniature Handmade Brass Bucket and Britannia Coffee Pot
American, 19th century.  A handmade copper bucket with iron handle, as well as Brittania coffee pot; pot ht. 11 in.
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