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

Contact Information
Contact Graydon at 513.871.1670 x 225 or email

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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[Amateur] Large Lot of 20th Century Amateur Stereoviews
Lot # 1235 - [Amateur] Large Lot of 20th Century Amateur Stereoviews
Lot of 120 assorted amateur stereoviews, ca 1910s to 1980s.  Most are family or tourist views, but there are also four of tornado damage and 1970s-1980s NSA Amateur Photographic Exchange Club views of subjects such as the Kilburn Brothers factory, Speaker of the House Tip O'Neil, tennis on Mackinac Island, a raccoon eating marshmallows, several views of Pittsburgh, an air and space museum, and an Ojibwa medicine man at a Rhode Island pow-wow.
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Still Life by Gustave Camus, Oil on Canvas
Lot # 49 - Still Life by Gustave Camus, Oil on Canvas
Gustave Camus (French, 1914-1984), a still life of flowers in a pitcher sitting on a table, titled Fleurs a la Table Noire on verso, signed l.r., dated 1968 on verso; 46.75 x 21.25 in.
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Portrait of a Gentleman
Lot # 45 - Portrait of a Gentleman
An oil on board of an English gentleman, unsigned; 12 x 10 in.

This portrait, a loosely execution bust, probably dates to the late 19th century.
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[Books] <i>The Lakes In Sunshine</i>, by Payn, 1867, with Tipped-In Photographs
Lot # 1259 - [Books] The Lakes In Sunshine, by Payn, 1867, with Tipped-In Photographs
Payn, James.  The Lakes in Sunshine: Being Photographic and Other Pictures in the Lake District of Westmoreland & North Lancashire.  Windermere, England: J. Garnett, 1867.  9.25 x 11.25 in., blue cloth with gilt designs, 106pp plus dozens of tipped in photographs.
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Louis Rauch (American, 20th century)
Lot # 23 - Louis Rauch (American, 20th century)
Harbor Scene
oil on board
signed l.r.
15.75 x 19.5 in. (sight)
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Leroy Neiman (American, 1921-2012)
Lot # 137 - Leroy Neiman (American, 1921-2012)
The Rodeo
etching and serigraph
signed and dated '80 l.r.
inscribed A/P l.l.
18.25 x 16.5 in. (plate size)
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American School, Marine Scenes
Lot # 41 - American School, Marine Scenes
American, mid 19th century. 3 watercolors on paper, each framed, depicting marine landscapes, with the following inscription beneath each drawing: Presented by J. Brown Jr. Esqr - on the opening trip of the Wolverene, May 11th 1867, unsigned; 5.75 x 8.25 in. (sight of each).
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Charley Harper (American, 1922-2007)
Lot # 42 - Charley Harper (American, 1922-2007)
Pelican in a Downpour
signed l.r.
numbered 1440/1500 l.l.
13 x 19 in. (plate size)
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Eli Karpel (American, 1916-1998)
Lot # 130 - Eli Karpel (American, 1916-1998)
bronze mounted on wood base
oah. 8.75 in., ht. 6 in. (without base)
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Charley Harper (American, 1922-2007)
Lot # 45 - Charley Harper (American, 1922-2007)
Cheeky Chippy
signed, l.r.
numbered 1468/1500 l.l.
12.75 x 8.75 in. (plate size)
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Ide Bagus Made Terang (Balinese, 1915-1999)
Lot # 156 - Ide Bagus Made Terang (Balinese, 1915-1999)
River Harvest Scene
watercolor on paper
signed in margin l.l.
inscribed Batuan Bali in margin l.l.
dedicated To Florrie Holt - 1954 in margin l.c.
11.75 x 8 in. (image size)
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Victor Casenelli (American, 1868-1961)
Lot # 117 - Victor Casenelli (American, 1868-1961)
North African Scene with Man on Camelback
signed l.r.
13.75 x 10.25 in. (sight)

Victor Casenelli was a Michigan native who spent a good percentage of his career in Cincinnati. He is best known for his North African and Northern European subjects. 
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[Cameras] TDC Stereo Colorist
Lot # 1418 - [Cameras] TDC Stereo Colorist
Stereo Colorist camera by TDC (Three Dimension Company, Bell & Howell, Chicago).  Integrated F3.5, 35mm lenses.  Accompanied by the original leather case.
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[Flat Mount] [World War II] German Post-WWII Stereo Set
Lot # 1275 - [Flat Mount] [World War II] German Post-WWII Stereo Set
Lot includes 150 stereoviews and a folding metal viewer housed in a red leather case.  Ca late 1940s, case and views with the name of Christian Schmidt, Frankfurt am Main.  Views are identified on verso: 28 show Historic Building in Germany Before and After Destruction and the remainder show other German scenes.
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Alphonse Legros (French, 1837-1911)
Lot # 56 - Alphonse Legros (French, 1837-1911)
Le Repos du Voyageur
signed l.r. 
late 19th century
5.25 x 3.75 in. (print size)
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Laurence Carmichael Earle (British, 1845-1921), Fowl
Lot # 16 - Laurence Carmichael Earle (British, 1845-1921), Fowl
Graphite, watercolor and gum Arabic on paper over canvas, signed in pencil l.l. and dated 79; 16.75 x 13.75 in.

An outstanding ?tromp l'oeil?, and typical of Earle's work, this subject was acutely rendered with graphite, watercolor andgum arabic, and was a popular subject to adorn English homes.  Housed in the original frame, and untouched.
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[Glass] [Langenheim] Early Glass Stereoview of Washington Irving at his Sunnyside Estate, Plus
Lot # 1039 - [Glass] [Langenheim] Early Glass Stereoview of Washington Irving at his Sunnyside Estate, Plus
Lot of 2 early glass views by Langenheim, each under his official mat bearing his 1850 patent, an 1856 copyright, and script titles.

First titled Sunny Side, Irvington, N.Y., showing writer Washington Irving seated in the entrance to his Sunnyside Estate in Tarrytown, overlooking the Hudson River.  Irving (1783-1859), known best for authoring The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Wan Winkle, died in 1859 and was only photographed a handful of times.  Irvington was named in his honor in 1854, but is technically to the south of the estate, which now exists as a museum and National Historic Landmark.

Second is titled Mr. Coffin's, Irvington, N.Y., showing the mansion of Edmond Coffin.
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[Cameras] 20th Century Stereo Cameras, Slides, and Accessories
Lot # 1412 - [Cameras] 20th Century Stereo Cameras, Slides, and Accessories
Lot includes:

Coronet "Three-D" stereo camera, ca 1953, unused, housed in the original box and packing with instructions.

Haneel Tri-Vision stereo camera.

Kirk Stereo Camera, in original box with instructions.

Stereo-tach kit including lens for 35mm camera, transparency viewer, and two paper print viewers.

Two boxes of Armme Kwik Mount slides.

Box of Emde Self-Aligning, Self-Locking Aluminum Stereo Masks.

Two boxes of Brumberger 24-pack all-steel stereo slide binders for 35mm films.

Box of 75 Ster-E-O Inc. plastic slide mounts.

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[Viewers] Rare Pontioscopio-style Stereographoscope, Incomplete
Lot # 1397 - [Viewers] Rare Pontioscopio-style Stereographoscope, Incomplete
Stereographoscope in the style of the Pontioscopio or Pontioscope viewer designed by Carlo Ponti of Italy, but lacking a maker's mark.  Pontioscopes are among the rarest viewers, selling for several thousand dollars when they surface at auction.  Condition: MISSING THE ENTIRE PHOTO PROP APPARATUS.  Missing trim at the viewing end of the base.  Missing the knobs used to adjust the width of the stereo lenses.  Otherwise very good, including all lenses.
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Old Master Painting of a Card Player
Lot # 139 - Old Master Painting of a Card Player
Dutch, 19th century. Oil on panel housed in a gilt frame, unsigned; 8.5 x 6.75 in. (sight).
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