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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Style of Oswaldo Guayasamin
Lot # 131 - Style of Oswaldo Guayasamin
Oswaldo Guayasmin, (Ecuadorian painter and muralist, 1919-1999) Oil on canvas, signed lower right; 39.5 in. x 55 in. In the manner of the artist.

This work contains an original receipt for another painting purchased by the same previous owner from Taller Guayasamin, both signed by the owner and artist. While the receipt for this painting is not included, it is presumed that the previous owner purchased both around the same period of time.  Additional note- The Guayasamin Foundation has reviewed this work, and does not believe it is in the artist's hand.
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Constantinople Watercolor
Lot # 93 - Constantinople Watercolor
Continental, 19th century, watercolor on paper, illegibly signed, titled and dated 96 l.r.; 13 x 8 in.

While the signature is illegible, the artist is probably French, Spanish or Italian, as many artist traveled to the Middle East and North Africa to paint exotic subjects during the turn-of-the-century.
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Hugo A. Fisher (American, 1854-1916)
Lot # 25 - Hugo A. Fisher (American, 1854-1916)
Fall Forest Scene
watercolor on paper
signed l.r.
framed under glass
29.5 x 21 in. (sight)
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[Viewers] Taxiphote-style Viewer
Lot # 1355 - [Viewers] Taxiphote-style Viewer
Brass nameplate of W.M. Kohl, Cin'ti, O., Patented Apr 7, 1868; 16 in. high.  Second set of eyepieces on back side.
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Charley Harper, (American, 1922-2007)
Lot # 44 - Charley Harper, (American, 1922-2007)
Birds of a Feather
signed l.r.
numbered 1570/2000 l.l.
19.75 x 27.75 (plate size)
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919)
Lot # 125 - Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919)
La Fleuve Scamandre
etching on paper
stamped signature l.r.
8.5 x 7 in. (plate size)
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Nat Lowell (American, 1880-1956)
Lot # 75 - Nat Lowell (American, 1880-1956)
New York Harbor, 1909
etching on paper
signed, titled and dated in margin
9.5 x 12.25 in. (plate size)

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[Glass] Large Group of Glass Stereoviews of Europe
Lot # 1050 - [Glass] Large Group of Glass Stereoviews of Europe
Lot of 60 glass stereoviews in various conditions.  Subjects include Parisian panoramas, the Louvre, Versailles, Notre Dame, the Champs Elysees, the Italian Alps, Rome, Roman sculpture, the Crystal Palace, Bacharach, Germany, a statue of Durer in Nuremburg, Germany, St. Petersburg, Salzburg, Swiss scenery, Prague, the Exposition of 1867, the Alhambra in Grenada, Spain, the Suez Canal, and Thailand.
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After Pierre Le Faguays (French, 1892-1962)
Lot # 101 - After Pierre Le Faguays (French, 1892-1962)
Girl with Dove
bronze mounted on marble base
signed at base
oah. 22.5 in.
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[Cameras] J.H. Dallmeyer 25 x 21 Lens with Waterhouse Opening
Lot # 1415 - [Cameras] J.H. Dallmeyer 25 x 21 Lens with Waterhouse Opening
Engraved J.H. Dallmeyer, London, 25 x 21 Rapid Rectilinear / No. 44339 / June 30th Patent (U.S.) 1868.  Waterhouse opening. 
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Silkscreen by Howard Finster
Lot # 301 - Silkscreen by Howard Finster
Silkscreen on paper by Howard Finster (American, 1916-2001), titled Looking into other worlds beyond- Man kind and earth creation, unsigned but signed within plate; 25 x 20 in.

A retired minister, Howard Finster began making abstract folk art pieces after retirement.
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American School Hunt Scene, 19th Century Oil on Canvas
Lot # 189 - American School Hunt Scene, 19th Century Oil on Canvas
American, Oil on Canvas, 19th century, a large hunt scene, naively painted and possibly from printed source; 25.5 x 35 in.  In entirely untouched condition and housed in the original frame.
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[Civil War] Civil War Tintypes and Ambrotypes
Lot # 1263 - [Civil War] Civil War Tintypes and Ambrotypes
Lot of 3, including: a ninth plate tintype of a man wearing a kepi, housed in a full Union case; a CDV-sized tintype of a man, housed in a half case; and a sixth plate ambrotype of two musicians, housed in a damaged Union case.
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Haku Maki (Japanese, 1924-2000)
Lot # 95 - Haku Maki (Japanese, 1924-2000)
silkscreen print
signed l.r.
titled l.c.
numbered 21/555 l.l.
matted and housed in a metal frame
8.5 x 8.5 in. (sight)
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Giovanni Piranesi Engraving
Lot # 66 - Giovanni Piranesi Engraving
Giovani Piranesi (Italian, 1720-1778), titled Ve duta della villa dell Emo. Sig. Card. Alesandro Albani fouri di Porta Salaria, artist's mark l.l.; 17 x 27 in.
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[Curved Mount] Underwood Book-Boxed Sets of Italy and Pope Pius X Stereoviews PLUS Keystone Palestine Set
Lot # 1286 - [Curved Mount] Underwood Book-Boxed Sets of Italy and Pope Pius X Stereoviews PLUS Keystone Palestine Set
Lot includes Underwood and Underwood book-boxed sets of Italy Through The Stereoscope (100 views) and A Pilgrimage To See Pope Pius X (26 views). Lot also includes a Keystone View Co. book-boxed set of Palestine (99 views).
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[Viewers] Richard Verascope
Lot # 1336 - [Viewers] Richard Verascope
Richard Verascope for glass slide stereoviews, with brass nameplate above the telescoping oculars; 8 x 8 x 16.5 in. high. 
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Edward Timothy Hurley (American, 1869-1950)
Lot # 18 - Edward Timothy Hurley (American, 1869-1950)
Fountain at Night
etching on paper
signed in plate margin l.r.
11.5 x 9 in. (sight)

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[Viewers] [Accessories] Fine Storage Pedestal for Taxiphote
Lot # 1368 - [Viewers] [Accessories] Fine Storage Pedestal for Taxiphote
Fine locking storage pedestal, 36 in. high, with 12 shelves each with space for four Telephote trays.  Probably cherry.  Includes 18 empty Richard Taxiphote trays.
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Continental School, 20th century Still Life
Lot # 41 - Continental School, 20th century Still Life
Still Life with Bouquet in Heavy Impasto
oil on canvas
signed illegibly l.r.
35.5 x 23.5 in. (sight)
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