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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Nursing Pin
Lot # 579 - Nursing Pin
20th century, a commemorative pin reading Norton Memorial Infirmary Class of 1919 with owner's name on back, in a Wm Kendricks Sons Jewelers / Louisville KY box; lg. 1 in.
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<i>Meissen</i> Porcelain Gardener Figure
Lot # 130 - Meissen Porcelain Gardener Figure
German, 19th century. A Meissen porcelain figure of a lady in 18th-century attire with a basket of flowers, holding a tool, standing beside a rose filled planter on a circular base, marked with underglaze blue crossed swords, incised 122 on bottom; ht. 8.5 in.
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Bowfront Chest of Drawers
Lot # 300 - Bowfront Chest of Drawers
American, ca 1800-1815, a bowfront chest of drawers in walnut with pine secondary, having a scrolled gallery, two aligning top mounted glove drawers, over four cockbeaded drawers, flanked by twist turned stiles and biscuit corners, all rising on turned legs; ht. 48, wd. 39, dp. 17.5 in.
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Folk Art Figurines by James McEnroe
Lot # 411 - Folk Art Figurines by James McEnroe
James Michael McEnroe (American, 20th century). A wide range of figurines, from cowboys to Indians and various sorts of other figures. Some figures are independent while others are in groups. Also included is a wood-carved gun; largest ht. 11 in.
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Early Nippon Jar and Vase
Lot # 635 - Early Nippon Jar and Vase
Oriental, a double handled hand-painted vase; ht. 6 in. And a covered bicsuit jar with hand-painted long stem flowers, both unmarked; ht 7 in.
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Continental, a bronze rearing horse mounted on a wood base, unsigned. 20" long x 17" high.
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A Japanese Circular Black Lacquer and Gilt Box with Cover
Lot # 54 - A Japanese Circular Black Lacquer and Gilt Box with Cover
Japanese, 19th century.  A beautifully decorated black lacquer and gilt box of circular form, adorned with a mountainous landscape with temples on the cover and bands of floral, grape, scroll, and butterfly motifs around the sides; ht. 7.5 in.
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Winter Landscape by Emile A. Gruppe
Lot # 1451 - Winter Landscape by Emile A. Gruppe
Emile A. Gruppe (American/Massachusetts, 1896-1978). Oil on canvas. A winter landscape possibly of Vermont. Signed l.r.; 20 x 24 in. (sight).
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Miniature Folk Art Furniture
Lot # 117 - Miniature Folk Art Furniture
American, late 19th- early 20th century. A group of miniature folk art furniture including an inlaid table on carved four leg base, yellow painted high chair with heavy crackled varnish finish, and wooden crib bed painted yellow with red and blue trim; bed ht. 6, lg. 7.5 in.
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Victorian Sewing Table
Lot # 143 - Victorian Sewing Table
English, ca 1840-1845. A finely carved mahogany sewing table, possibly by Gillows, of Lancaster, without its bag, the top having an inlaid surface, a thumb-molded edge, carved rosettes on the frieze corners, one long center drawer over carved and ring-turned stiles connected by a single stretcher, all rising on carved scrolled feet on casters; ht. 28, wd. 24, dp. 15 in.
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<i>Reed & Barton</i> Sterling Bowl
Lot # 176 - Reed & Barton Sterling Bowl
American, ca 1948. A sterling silver center bowl with scalloped flared rim, oval reeded body, raised on animal paw feet, marked Reed & Barton / Sterling / X811; ht. 3.75, wd. 12.75, dp. 8.75 in., silver wt. 19.75ozt (614.5g).
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Japanese Scene by Orovida C. Pissarro, Pen and Ink
Lot # 681 - Japanese Scene by Orovida C. Pissarro, Pen and Ink
Orovida Camille Pissarro (British, 1893-1968), signed and dated 1921 u.r. with deaccession label from (?illeg.) Art Collection dated 10/4/68; 21.25 x 18.75 in.
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US WWII Photos of Nose Art and Much More Lot of 122
Lot # 3 - US WWII Photos of Nose Art and Much More Lot of 122
122 assorted photographs of ships, planes, places, and over 45 great nose art photos. Also included in this group are lots and lots of negatives.
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Mahogany Tilt Top Tea Table
Lot # 195 - Mahogany Tilt Top Tea Table
American, 20th century. A Queen Anne-style tilt top tea table in mahogany, having a square top, a twist turned baluster pedestalon three cabriole legs with branded mark of Williamsburg Resorations /Kittinger; ht. 27 in.
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Hand Painted Mirrors by <i>Bumpy</i>
Lot # 698 - Hand Painted Mirrors by Bumpy
Group of three painted wood mirrors one with bird motif, made by Henrietta "Bumpy" Morse; largest lg. 36, wd. 24 in. square.

Henrietta Bumpy Morse(1943-2010) of Kettering, Ohio, formerly of Southbury, CT, "Bumpy" graduated from Tufts University with her Masters and from Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She formerly worked as a Realtor and as an art teacher at South Kent School in CT. She was an avid gardener, and artist.
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Paolo Deganello for <i>Cassina, Torso</i> Armchair with Footstool
Lot # 72 - Paolo Deganello for Cassina, Torso Armchair with Footstool
Italian (Milan), ca. 1980s. An asymmetrical lounge chair upholstered in blue-gray and yellow with foot rest with leather foot shield and attached triangular side table, all on enameled steel supports with plastic feet, upholstery on bottom printed CASSINA; ht. 46, wd. 59, dp. 35 in.
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Danish Modern Chair
Lot # 396 - Danish Modern Chair
Walnut arm chair in the Danish modern design with upholstered seat, ht. 30, wd. 25 in.
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<i>Wallace Grand Victorian</i> Sterling Flatware Set
Lot # 68 - Wallace Grand Victorian Sterling Flatware Set
American, mid-20th century. A seventy-eight piece sterling flatware service for twelve by Wallace in the "Grand Victorian" pattern including, twelve dinner forks, twelve salad forks, twelve dinner knives with stainless blades, twelve table spoons, twelve teaspoons, twelve cocktail forks, one pie server with stainless blade, one cold meat fork, one serving spoon, one pierced serving spoon, one butter spreader with stainless blade, and one sugar spoon, all marked Sterling and for maker; (pie server) lg. 11 in., total weighable silver wt. 101.840ozt (3167.6g).
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<i>Kestner</i> Baby Jean Doll
Lot # 511 - Kestner Baby Jean Doll
Kestner Baby Jean doll marked J.D.K. 6, brown set eyes, wobble tongue, repainted five piece Kestner baby body; 10.5 in.
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William IV Mahogany Side Cabinet
Lot # 101 - William IV Mahogany Side Cabinet
English, ca 1835. A mahogany side cabinet having a shaped gallery over two drawers over two paneled doors with a shelved interior; ht. 39, wd. 40.5, dp. 18 in.
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