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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T.J. Willison (Cincinnati, 1864-1940), Landscape
Lot # 155 - T.J. Willison (Cincinnati, 1864-1940), Landscape
Oil on board, a landscape, somewhere near CIncinnati, OH, signed l.r.; 9.25 x 11 in.

Willison, an itinerant artist, would sell his paintings door to door in Cincinnati, and is revered for his tonalist landscapes.
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Sir David Young Cameron (Scottish, 1865-1945)
Lot # 17 - Sir David Young Cameron (Scottish, 1865-1945)
Sound of Kerrera
signed l.r. and l.l. within plate 
late 19th-early 20th century
7.75 x 3.75 in. (print size) 
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English School, Seascape
Lot # 50 - English School, Seascape
English, 20th century. A framed watercolor depicting a seashore scene at Hope Cove, Devon, England, titled and signed illegibly l.r.; 10.5 x 14.75 in. (sight).
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[Flat Mount] [Indiana] Very Rare Views of Madison, Indiana by J.R. Gorgas
Lot # 1075 - [Flat Mount] [Indiana] Very Rare Views of Madison, Indiana by J.R. Gorgas
Lot of 20 stereoviews of Madison, Indiana by photographer J.R. Gorgas, each titled in ink on the verso label, including bird's eye views of the town, local railroads, a starch factory, and more.  A scarce set with great subject matter and clarity.
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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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Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920)
Lot # 6 - Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920)
Naked Bather
signed in pencil l.r. and in plate l.l.
7 x 4.5 in. (plate size)
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[Curved Mount] [American West] Huge Group of Stereoviews of the American West, by Keystone, et al.
Lot # 1187 - [Curved Mount] [American West] Huge Group of Stereoviews of the American West, by Keystone, et al.
Lot of 400+ curved mount stereoviews, the majority by Keystone, showing scenes in the American West, from Kansas and Texas to California and Washington (with the exceptions of Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon/Arizona, which are offered in other lots). 
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Kaiko Moti (American 1921-1989)
Lot # 111 - Kaiko Moti (American 1921-1989)
color etching
signed l.r.
numbered 96/120 l.l.
19.25 x 23.5 in. (sight)
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Doris Martha Weber (American, 1898-1984)
Lot # 4 - Doris Martha Weber (American, 1898-1984)
Ladies of the Lake
ca 1930s-1940s
gelatin silver print
signed l.r., titled l.l., signed and titled on verso
20 x 16 in. (board), 18.75 x 11.5 (print)

This lot includes two negatives for other compositions by Weber.

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Charley Harper (American, 1922-2007)
Lot # 59 - Charley Harper (American, 1922-2007)
Bluebirds in the Bluegrass
signed, l.r.
numbered 1429/2000 l.l.
23 x 22.5 in. (plate size)
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Albrecht Durer (German, 1471-1528)
Lot # 1 - Albrecht Durer (German, 1471-1528)
The Sudarium Held by Two Angels
engraving on laid paper
monogrammed and dated 1513 within plate, l.c. 
4 x 5.5 in. (sheet size)
Includes Engravings and Etchings of the XV and XVI Centuries, Eighth Annual Exhibition (M. Knoedler & Company: New York, 1932).
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Adolf Fassbender (German-American, 1884-1980)
Sheep in Landscape by B. Davis, Oil on Canvas
Lot # 118 - Sheep in Landscape by B. Davis, Oil on Canvas
B. Davis(American, 19th/20th century), a mountainous landscape with sheep in the foreground, signed and dated 1900 l.r. and housed in decorative gilt and gesso frame; 7.5 x 15.5 in.
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Jack Levine (American, 1915-2010)
Lot # 108 - Jack Levine (American, 1915-2010)
Tiger Brown
signed in pencil l.r.
numbered in pencil 92/100 l.l.
unframed but matted
11.75 x 8.75 in. (plate size)
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Henry Wilkinson (Australian, active mid-19th century)
Lot # 50 - Henry Wilkinson (Australian, active mid-19th century)
Spaniel with Pheasant
hand-colored etching
signed l.l.
numbered 1/24 l.r.
mid-19th century
6.5 x 5.5 in. (print size)
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Spanish Genre Scene
Lot # 131 - Spanish Genre Scene
Spanish, 19th century. Framed oil on mahogany panel depicting a patio scene with a couple, unsigned; 3.5 x 5.25 in. (sight).
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Michael A. Smith (American, b. 1942), Architectural Scene
Lot # 278 - Michael A. Smith (American, b. 1942), Architectural Scene
Black and white photograph, signed l.r., dated 1984 l.l.; approx 7.5 x 19.5.
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[Flat Mount] [Scotland - G.W. Wilson] Large Group of G.W. Wilson Stereoviews, Plus
Lot # 1160 - [Flat Mount] [Scotland - G.W. Wilson] Large Group of G.W. Wilson Stereoviews, Plus
Lot of 74 Scottish stereoviews, including 69 by G.W. Wilson of Aberdeen, Scotland, plus five views of Edinburgh by Archibald Burns.
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Chinese (late 19th century)
Lot # 141 - Chinese (late 19th century)
Floral Motifs
watercolor on paper
two red seals l.l.
48.5 x 27.75 in.(sight)
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[Flat Mount] [Western] Misc. Western Stereoviews by Savage, et al.
Lot # 1185 - [Flat Mount] [Western] Misc. Western Stereoviews by Savage, et al.
Lot of 11, including:

Three C.R. Savage views titled on his Views of the Great West From the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean verso labels: Scenes on the Utah & Northern Railway - Beaver Canon, Idaho; Colorado Series - Gateway at the Garden of the Gods. Pike's Peak in the Distance. Colorado.; and Union Pacific Series - Sphynx of the Valley.

View of a Colorado river, attributed to Timothy O'Sullivan.

View by Chas. Ahlstrom of Douglas County, Kansas, of four people working a farm, all identified on verso as members of the Bjorklund family of Lone Star, Kansas.

Curved mount view of The Tarahne in Glacier Bay by L.C. Read of Atlin, British Columbia.

View of a man in the Idaho forest, stamped H.A. Davis / Moscow, Idaho.

And anonymous views of: Chimney Point Gulf from North bend; Williams Cañon; Duck Hawk Eggs and Aerie; and No. 300 Lower Twin Lake.
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