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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French Porcelain Pill Box, Plus
Lot # 1436 - French Porcelain Pill Box, Plus
French. A French painted porcelain pill box with scenes of figures in landscapes, unmarked, PLUS a pair of sterling and enamel salt and pepper shakers by J. Tostrup of Norway, a blue glass and enamel round pill box, two perfume bottles and a sterling 1901 Pan-American Exposition souvenir spoon; pill box lg. 3.75 in.
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Cincinnati Labels, Framed
Lot # 528 - Cincinnati Labels, Framed
Early 20th century, a group of Cincinnati-related business labels, matted and framed; sight 28 x 35 in.
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Treen and Rockingham Glaze Kitchen Utensils
Lot # 40 - Treen and Rockingham Glaze Kitchen Utensils
American, 19th century. A large group of wooden kitchen utensils, including a jar, four scoops, a spatula, a cutting board, and a knife. Lot also includes a Rockingham glaze strainer, sponged stoneware rolling pin, and two stoneware meat tenderizers; rolling pin lg. 18.5 in., strainer dia. 9.25 in.
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Iron Boot Scrape - Two Dogs
Lot # 1109 - Iron Boot Scrape - Two Dogs
American, 20th century. A cast iron boot scraper featuring two German Shepherds standing at attention, with the boot scraper in between them; ht. 15 in., w. 19 in.
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Sterling Salts by Stieff
Lot # 371 - Sterling Salts by Stieff
American, 20th century. Four sterling salt shakers with hallmarks for The Stieff Company of Baltimore, Maryland and marked sterling; ht. 2.5 in., weight 4.63ozt (156g).
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North Eastern Baskets
Lot # 620 - North Eastern Baskets
An assembled group of three North Eastern American Indian baskets of split ash with polychrome, one with two swing handles and porcupine twists; tallest ht. 13, dia. 13 in.
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Sevres-Style Boudoir Lamps
Lot # 522 - Sevres-Style Boudoir Lamps
French, 19th century. A pair of Sevres-style two-light boudoir lamps with floral decoration, base marked Made in France; ht. 13 in.
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Japanese Carved Ivory Musician, PLUS
Lot # 699 - Japanese Carved Ivory Musician, PLUS
Meiji period ivory carving of a musician PLUS, a carved ivory pill box with screw top; carving, ht. 2 in., box dia. 1 in.
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Silverplated Trays
Lot # 210 - Silverplated Trays
American, seven silverplated trays including an oval tray with scalloped edges marked Gorham / EP/ YC644, a Gorham tray with scalloped edges marked G / Newport Silverplate, an oval bowl with date mark for 1941 and marked Reed & Barton / EPNS / 5001 / Mayflower, an oval tray with date mark for 1943 and marked Reed & Barton / EPNS / 1022 / Shannon, a footed tray marked W&S Blackinton / Fine Silverplate since 1865, a rectangular tray with hallmarks for Oxford Silversmiths Co., and a round reticulated stand, unmarked; largest tray lg. 9.75 in., stand dia. 10 in.
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Landscape by John Franklin Earhart, Gouache
Lot # 276 - Landscape by John Franklin Earhart, Gouache
John Franklin Earhart (American, 1853-1938), signed and dated 1912 l.l.; 6.75 x 8.75 in.
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Swedish Wooden Tankard
Lot # 296 - Swedish Wooden Tankard
Swedish tankard, 19th century, constucted of wooden staves with iron bands; ht 14, dia 8 in.
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<i>Moe Bridges</i> Reverse Painted Poppies Table Lamp
Lot # 466 - Moe Bridges Reverse Painted Poppies Table Lamp
American, early 20th century. A reverse painted frosted glass lamp shade by Moe Bridges decorated with poppies, signed and numbered on rim, on a molded metal standard in bronze finish, illegible mark on underside; base ht. 20.75 in., shade dia. 18 in.
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Portrait Miniatures on Ivory, Plus
Lot # 299 - Portrait Miniatures on Ivory, Plus
Late 19th-early 20th century. A group of four portrait miniatures on ivory, including one depicting a woman with a pink bow in her hair and signed Vosburgh, one of a woman wearing a black bonnet and matching cape and having an illegible artist signature, and two unsigned and unidentified female portraits with colorful head scarves, PLUS a miniature portrait of a gentleman on paper, labeled Ilgenfritz Barto. 1913 in pen on verso; largest 3.25 x 2.5 in. (sight).

International shipping is not available for this item. This item will only be shipped within the United States, except to California. Cowan’s adheres to CITES regulations in the sale of ivory.
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Diminutive French Mahogany Curio Cabinet
Lot # 638 - Diminutive French Mahogany Curio Cabinet
French, late 19th/early 20th century. A diminutive mahogany curio cabinet with string inlay of rectangular form, having a glass hinged lid, glass sides, raised on tall cabriole legs; ht. 28, wd. 23.25, dp. 15 in.
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Grain Painted Corner Table
Lot # 145 - Grain Painted Corner Table
American, 19th century. A grain painted corner table having a fan-shaped, single board top over curved apron and shaped lower shelf, on one reeded and two turned legs; ht. 34.5, wd. 29.75, dp. 21.25 in.
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<i>Rookwood</i> Vase by Katherine Van Horne
Lot # 275 - Rookwood Vase by Katherine Van Horne
American (Cincinnati), 1917.  Rookwood ivory jewel glaze vase depicting birds and flowering branches, decorated by Katherine Van Horne. Impressed Rookwood mark, date 1917, shape # 904E, artist's incised initials; ht. 7 in.
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<i>Lehmann</i> Kamerun Ostrich Cart Windup Toy
Lot # 338 - Lehmann Kamerun Ostrich Cart Windup Toy
Germany, early 20th century. A Lehmann windup toy depicting a black figure driving a cart pulled by an ostrich, with Kamerun written on both sides of cart and with maker trademark on rear; ht. 5, wd. 6.5, dp. 2.75 in.
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Four Miniature Jugs
Lot # 294 - Four Miniature Jugs
American, 19th century. Four miniature jugs, two with brown glazes, one unglazed and one (likely Pennsylvania) with a brown glaze and painted yellow accents; tallest ht. 5.5 in.
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Continental Painted Pine Boxes
Lot # 289 - Continental Painted Pine Boxes
Continental, two tole painted wooden boxes, one having red and green stylized tulips; ht. 6, lf. 10.5, dp 7 in; Plus a painted box with reserves of stylized flowers in red and green, ht. 5, lg. 9, dp 6.5 in.
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Coin Silver Julep Cups, Plus
Lot # 351 - Coin Silver Julep Cups, Plus
American, two coin silver julep cups, one unmarked with beaded bottom rim and the other with a scratched out mark PLUS a handled coin silver child's beaker, unmarked, with inscription, Awarded to / A. P. Lord/ For Prize Poem/ 1854; tallest ht. 3.5 in., silver wt. 10.54ozt (328g).
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