Paintings & Prints

Cowan's Auctions holds four annual auctions that include American and Continential paintings, sculpture & works on Paper, with an emphasis on 19th and 20th century works. These sales feature a fine selection of Cincinnati artists and other varieties of American and European fine art that commands impressive prices. Because of our thorough research, internationally focused marketing, and exceptional catalogs, Cowan's is quickly becoming one of the premier houses sophisticated collectors depend on to enhance or market great works of fine art.

Department Director

Graydon Sikes
Specialist

Contact Information
Contact Graydon at 513.871.1670 x 225 or email decarts@cowans.com

Graydon Sikes' areas of expertise include 19th and 20th century American paintings, with an emphasis on artists of the American West. In addition, Sikes manages the department of Asian Art at Cowan's, which has averaged $1 million in sales over the last 5 years. 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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Kenneth Showell (American, 1939-1997)
Lot # 129 - Kenneth Showell (American, 1939-1997)
Untitled
acrylic on canvas
signed and dated '73 on reverse of canvas
with accompanying Carl Solway and Wright labels
unframed
72.25 x 45 in. (canvas size)
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[Flat Mount] [African Americans] Wilson & Haven Stereoviews of African Americans
Lot # 1198 - [Flat Mount] [African Americans] Wilson & Haven Stereoviews of African Americans
Lot of 7 views from the Savannah studio of photographer J.N. Wilson and his partnerships and successors Wilson & Havens, O. Pierre Havens, and Launey & Goebel.  Subjects include: a turpentine distillery in Silver Springs Run, Florida; a shack schoolhouse; "Uncle Jimmy," the champion fisherman of Beaufort, SC, making a fishing net; a firewood boy; two boys sitting on a barrel; cotton pickers; and Aunt Chloe out for a ride.
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Orientalist Watercolor
Lot # 107 - Orientalist Watercolor
Early 20th century
unsigned
11 x 14 in. (sight)
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Thomas Satterwhite Noble (American, 1835-1907)
Lot # 6 - Thomas Satterwhite Noble (American, 1835-1907)
Artist on Hillside in Mt. Adams
graphite and gouache on paper
unsigned
11.25 x 16.75 in. (sight)
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[Viewers] English Brewster-style Leather-covered Stereoviewer
Lot # 1346 - [Viewers] English Brewster-style Leather-covered Stereoviewer
An English Brewster-style stereoviewer with black leather covering and gilt accents.
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Michael Israel (American, 20th-21st century)
Lot # 52 - Michael Israel (American, 20th-21st century)
Eagle
oil on canvas
signed l.r.
framed
69.25 x 89.25 in. (sight)

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Village Scene by Diego M. Lopez, Watercolor
Lot # 97 - Village Scene by Diego M. Lopez, Watercolor
Diego Marin Lopez (Spanish?, b. 1865), a rural village scene with villagers sitting and man with donkey walking through the crowd, titled Loco de la Leche and signed l.r.; 10 x 17 in.
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Thomas Addison Richards (English born, active in America, 1820-1900)
[Viewers] Three Viewers, Incl. Brewster-style Viewer & Fisherview with Glass Slides
Lot # 1332 - [Viewers] Three Viewers, Incl. Brewster-style Viewer & Fisherview with Glass Slides
Lot of 3, including:

Brewster-style viewer with burl veneer and telescoping lenses.

Unis France / Stereoscopes Mattey - Paris viewer for glass slides, with telescoping lenses.

Fisherview viewer by Scientific Materials Co., Pittsburgh, accompanied by five Fisherview 15-slide sets of World War I (slides NOT PICTURED).
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[Equipment] Photographer's Posing Chair by Otis C. White, 1882
Lot # 1250 - [Equipment] Photographer's Posing Chair by Otis C. White, 1882
Ca 1880s-1890s model with Otis C. White's name and patent on the cast iron frame.  Includes the interchangeable head rest and "baby holder" attachments, and features a crank for height adjustment.  Anthony's 1889 catalog of photographic supplies prices the seat alone at $18, and the entire unit including head rest, adjustable arms, and baby holder at $42.  O.C. White was a dentist by trade and this model is merely an evolution of his groundbreaking dentist's chair.  The adjustable ball-and-socket joints were keys to the success of both products, and White's company survived throughout the 20th century by adapting them for use in desk lamps and work lamps.
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[Glass] [Langenheim] Two Early Glass Stereoviews Near Philadelphia, by Langenhem
Lot # 1037 - [Glass] [Langenheim] Two Early Glass Stereoviews Near Philadelphia, by Langenhem
Lot of 2 early glass views by Langenheim, each under his official mat bearing his 1850 patent, an 1856 copyright, and script titles.  First shows Haverford College / near Philad'a, with a group of men and women posed on the steps and tinted green foliage.  Second titled Israel Morris' Barn / near Philadelphia, showing men working, with tinted barn and foliage.  Israel Morris II (1811-1905) founded Morris-Jones Co., the first American producer of bar and sheet iron, and later in life founded the Free Library and Reading Room of Philadelphia and served as director of Provident Life & Trust Co., the Bank of North America, and the American Fire Insurance Co.  The property in the photograph is now owned by Villanova University, the main building serving as Picotte Hall at Dundale.
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Seascape by George Jensen, Oil on Board
Lot # 71 - Seascape by George Jensen, Oil on Board
George Jensen (American, 1878-1977), a seascape with waves crashing against a cliffside and seagulls flying overhead, signed l.r.; 23.5 x 35.25 in.
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American School, Still Life
Lot # 43 - American School, Still Life
Still Life with Basket and Apples
pastel on paper
unsigned
framed
15.25 x 20.5 in. (sight)
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Ernest Fredericks (American, 1877-1958)
Lot # 21 - Ernest Fredericks (American, 1877-1958)
Summer Splendor
oil on canvas
signed l.l.
framed
27.5 x 37.5 in. (sight)
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Eli Karpel (American, 1916-1998)
Lot # 138 - Eli Karpel (American, 1916-1998)
Bird in Flight
bronze mounted on round bronze base
signed under tail
oah. 10.5 in., lg. 11 in. (wing span)
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[Cased Images] Group of Daguerreotypes, Hand Colored Full Plate Tintypes, and More
Lot # 1015 - [Cased Images] Group of Daguerreotypes, Hand Colored Full Plate Tintypes, and More
Lot of 9, including:

Interesting sixth plate daguerreotype of two gentleman in hats, housed in a deteriorating pressed paper case.

Sixth plate daguerreotype of a young couple, the woman draped in red and blue tinted blanket, with an inked note affixed to the glass reading Taken [illegible] after Marriage, 1856.  Housed in a full pressed paper case.

Sixth plate daguerreotype of a woman wearing several pieces of jewelry, each gold tinted and pounded with the point of a nail to mimic the luster of diamond.  Housed in a pressed paper case.

Sixth plate daguerreotype of a gentleman, housed in a red Gem case featuring a miniature painted scene.

Full plate hand painted tintype of three older gentleman.

Full plate hand painted tintype of a woman.

CDV-sized tintype of a violinist.

4 x 5.5 in. photograph of four people posed outside of a stone house, on a 8 x 10 in. mount with the stamp of photographer E.W. Cook of Albany, N.Y., and housed in an accented wood frame.

4.75 x 6.5 in. photograph of a ship anchored in what looks to be the Hudson River, mounted under glass with a frame backing of Bedford's Photos.
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Paul Jacoulet (French, 1902-1960)
Lot # 143 - Paul Jacoulet (French, 1902-1960)
Le Nid: Coree
Les Jades: Mandchoukuo
Chagrin d'Amour: Kusai
(3) woodcuts on rice paper
each signed in plate
5.75 x 3.75 in. (plate size of each)

These woodcuts were laid on paper and used to decorate the front pages of Christmas cards.
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German School, 19th century
Lot # 143 - German School, 19th century
Prinzesschen Goldhaar
oil on canvas
unsigned
titled u.l.
framed
16.75 x 13.25 in. (sight)
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Continental Landscape, Oil on Canvas
Lot # 59 - Continental Landscape, Oil on Canvas
Continental, 20th century, unsigned; 21.5 x 35.5 in.
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[Flat Mount] [Washington, DC] Enormous Lot of Washington, DC Stereoviews
Lot # 1068 - [Flat Mount] [Washington, DC] Enormous Lot of Washington, DC Stereoviews
Exceptionally large lot of over 400 Washington, DC-related stereoviews, including 92+ by C.M. Bell and Bell & Bro., 96+ by J.F. Jarvis, 29 by J.W. Smillie, 7 by John P. Soule, plus hundreds of anonymous and copy views.  
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