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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Loop / Leaf Compote
Lot # 678 - Loop / Leaf Compote
American, 19th century, ca 1845. Loop / Leaf open compote, colorless lead glass, with deep 14-loop bowl with conforming rim and unpatterned base, raised on a hexagonal baluster-form standard stepped to a circular panel-top foot, wafer construction. Probably Boston & Sandwich Glass Co.;  ht. 9.5, dia. 12.25 in.
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<i>Early Snow</i> by Frederick Polley
Lot # 1201 - Early Snow by Frederick Polley
Frederick Polley (American, 1875-1958). Oil on canvas. A snow-covered landscape with trees and patches of grass showing through in the foreground. Signed l.l.; label on verso with title; 24.5 x 29.5 in. (sight).
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Interior Scene by Pablo Picasso, Lithograph
Lot # 44 - Interior Scene by Pablo Picasso, Lithograph
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), dated 19.11.55.II u.r.; 10 x 15.75 in.
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Early American Portrait Miniature on Ivory
Lot # 111 - Early American Portrait Miniature on Ivory
American, ca 1820s. Portrait of a young woman in profile painted on ivory, mounted in a hinged case, label on case for Barard & Mondon of New York; 3.25 x 2.5 in. (sight).
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Wilson Fisk Erskine (American, 1911-1973)
Lot # 559 - Wilson Fisk Erskine (American, 1911-1973)
Mt. McKinley
oil on board
signed and dated '47 l.r.
17.5 in. x 23.5 in.

Erskine was an explorer/artist, and closely associated with artist Sydney Laurence (1865-1940).
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Northern African Street Scene by Addison T. Millar
Lot # 125 - Northern African Street Scene by Addison T. Millar
Addison T. Millar (American, 1860-1913). Oil on board, housed in a gilt frame. A street scene with figures in northern Africa. Signed and inscribed l.l. To my friend Porter / A souvenir of a jolly good time; 8.75 x 10.75 in. (sight).
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English Dutch -decorated Creamware
Lot # 45 - English Dutch -decorated Creamware
English, 18th century, five pieces of Dutch-decorated polychrome creamware including a tea bowl and saucer each with a portrait of Prince William V with his initials PWDV, pair of tea bowls with bust length portraits flanking an orange tree with the initials HVG / CAB, and a saucer with Dutch inscription under a moon and sun with painted faces; largest tea bowl, ht. 1.25 in., largest saucer, dia. 4 in.
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Earl Biss (American, 1947-1998)
Lot # 99 - Earl Biss (American, 1947-1998)
Resting Place of the Blackwater Clan
oil on canvas
signed u.r.
29.5 x 39.5 in. (sight)
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Parian Ware Figural Bust
Lot # 198 - Parian Ware Figural Bust
Continental, a parian ware bust of woman with floral garland in hair; ht. 8 in.
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Indian Carved Ivory Figure
Lot # 646 - Indian Carved Ivory Figure
Indian, a carved ivory figure of a woman, on a 20th century stand; ht. 5 in.
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Ireland, a pair of porcelain classical figures, marked Belleek / Ireland; 15" high.
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German Porcelain and Wood Pipe
Lot # 548 - German Porcelain and Wood Pipe
German, 20th century. Porcelain pipe end and bowl marked Zur Erinnerung meaning "to memory", bowl hinged with a brass mount, wooden stem; lg. 20 in.
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Charles Meigh 'Bacchanalian' Jug
Lot # 1471 - Charles Meigh 'Bacchanalian' Jug
English, 19th century. A molded salt-glazed stoneware water pitcher with high relief depiction of Bacchanalian figural scene, having applied white Charles Meigh coat-of-arms cartouche registry on bottom; ht. 9  in.
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Walnut Library Bookcase
Lot # 296 - Walnut Library Bookcase
American, third quarter 19th century. An Aesthetic Movement bookcase in walnut with burled walnut veneers, the broken arch pediment with applied carvings over two glazed doors, all on stepped plinth base; ht. 93, wd. 64.5, dp. 16.5 in.
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Maple Federal-style Candlestand
Lot # 559 - Maple Federal-style Candlestand
American, 20th century. A candlestand having an oval top, a turned pedestal, and a tripod base; ht. 27.25 in., lg. of top. 25.75 in.
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Child's Chest of Drawers and Trunk
Lot # 803 - Child's Chest of Drawers and Trunk
American, a child's chest of drawers with three drawers and a child's dome top trunk; largest ht. 13.5, wd. 18, dp. 8.5 in.
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Fireplace Crane and Scales
Lot # 399 - Fireplace Crane and Scales
Lot of 2, both American, 19th century. Includes a V-shaped fireplace crane made of two pieces of strap iron, lg. 34 in.; AND acales with iron rod, four hooks and jug-shaped weight, lg. 19.5 in.
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Sterling Creamer and Silverplate Spoons
Lot # 39 - Sterling Creamer and Silverplate Spoons
American, 20th century. A weighted sterling creamer marked for Mueck-Carey and two scalloped silver-plated spoons, one with monogrammed handle and mark of 1847 Rogers Bros and the other marked for Wm. Rogers & Son; creamer ht. 3.5 in.
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Brass Fireplace Tools & Coal Bucket
Lot # 39 - Brass Fireplace Tools & Coal Bucket
American, late 19th-early 20th century. A set of brass fireplace tools on a stand with a footed brass coal bucket; tool stand ht. 27.5 in., bucket ht. 13.5, dia. 13 in.
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