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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[Lithographed] Japanese Stereoviews and Vistascope Stereoviewer 
Lot # 1293 - [Lithographed] Japanese Stereoviews and Vistascope Stereoviewer 
Lot of 114 chromolithographed views of Japan, accompanied by a wooden Vistascope viewer stamped by maker Griffith & Griffith of Philadelphia.
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[Flat Mount] [Dakota Territory] Dakota Stereoviews by F. Jay Haynes & Others
Lot # 1067 - [Flat Mount] [Dakota Territory] Dakota Stereoviews by F. Jay Haynes & Others
Lot of 8, including: four by F. Jay Haynes from his time in Fargo, showing the Badlands and mechanical harvesting; three by C.W. Johnson of Mitchell, South Dakota; and one by George F. Blackburn & Co. of Grand Forks, D.T., showing the interior of a church.
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Benjamin Gibbon (French, b. 1914)
Lot # 12 - Benjamin Gibbon (French, b. 1914)
French Countryside
oil on board
signed l.l.
15.5 x 20.75 in. (sight)
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George Edwards (British, 1694-1773), Ornithological Studies
Lot # 19 - George Edwards (British, 1694-1773), Ornithological Studies
Includes two hand-colored lithographs, the first titled Puffin of the Isle of Man, dated 1762 l.r., and the second titled A small bird from Jamaica, and a butterfly from China, dated 1755, each signed in plate l.r., PLUS a botanical study titled Ktemia Brasiliensis, unsigned; largest Edwards' plate, 9 x 7.25 in.
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[Flat Mount] [Massachusetts - Nantucket] Stereoviews of Nantucket by Freeman
Lot # 1085 - [Flat Mount] [Massachusetts - Nantucket] Stereoviews of Nantucket by Freeman

Lot of 22, including:

20 J. Freeman views of Nantucket, most with inked description on verso.  Examples include: one showing the lighthouse and keeper's quarters, one showing Nantucket From Tower North, and one showing a man in a rubber suit at the Sankaty Head life saving station, each inked Bo't in Sankaty Head Light House, 1881, Nantucket, as views of the Poor House, Ocean House, Wreck of the Brig Poinsett Sept. 1st 1870, and more.

PLUS two views by C.H. Shute & Son of Edgartown, with printed paper labels on verso, showing Brant Point Light-house and Starbuck Bro's' Houses, Main Street.

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Jennifer Roche <i>Hopi Seasons</i> Tiles
Lot # 111 - Jennifer Roche Hopi Seasons Tiles
Jennifer Roche (American, 20th/21st century), includes four tile works housed in wooden frames, each with artist's name and edition number 38 / 250 l.r., titled Hopi Spring, Hopi Summer, Hopi Fall, and Hopi Winter with artist's signature on verso; 12 x 12 in.
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John Fenton (American, 1929-1977)
Lot # 103 - John Fenton (American, 1929-1977)
Dybbuk
etching on paper
signed l.r.
titled l.l.
AAA edition, numbered 48/250 l.c.
unframed
11.75 x 8.75 in. (plate size) 

Includes original AAA label.

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[Curved Mount] [Expos - Paris 1900] Stereoviews of the 1900 Paris Exposition, <i>Exposition Universelle</i>
Lot # 1313 - [Curved Mount] [Expos - Paris 1900] Stereoviews of the 1900 Paris Exposition, Exposition Universelle
Lot of 47 stereoviews of the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, published by Keystone, White, Underwood, et al.  

PLUS one view of the 1867 Exposition Universelle in Paris, published anonymously, showing the interior of the Palace of Industry.
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Hand-Colored Engravings by Henry Adlard, After William Henry Bartlett
Lot # 23 - Hand-Colored Engravings by Henry Adlard, After William Henry Bartlett
William Henry Bartlett (American, 1809-1854) and Henry Adlard (English, 18241869). Two framed hand-colored engravings depicting New York Hudson River scenes, one titled Lighthouse Near Caldwell's Landing, the other titled View From Ruggle's House, Newburgh, each signed Bartlett l.l. and Adlard l.r.; 5 x 7.25 in. (plate size of larger engraving).
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After John F. Francis (American, 1808-1886), Still Life of Fruit
Lot # 176 - After John F. Francis (American, 1808-1886), Still Life of Fruit
Oil on canvas, 19th century, a still life with peaches, pear, and grapes, housed in lemon-gilt frame, with plaque attributing the work to Francis, with 19th century label on verso from Red Heffer & Koch, St. Louis; 15.75 x 19.25 in.
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[Curved Mount] Boxed Set of Egypt Stereoviews by Stereo-Travel Co.
Lot # 1282 - [Curved Mount] Boxed Set of Egypt Stereoviews by Stereo-Travel Co.
Boxed set of 100 Egypt views by Stereo-Travel Co., copyright 1908.  Housed in the original book-form case. 
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Augustus Spencer (English, 1860-1924)
Lot # 26 - Augustus Spencer (English, 1860-1924)
Countryside River Bank Landscapes
(2) oils on canvas board
one signed l.r., the other l.l.
both housed in identical frames
7.5 x 9.5 in. (sight of each)


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Large Group of Photographic Jewelry Including Pins, Brooches, Pendants, Cuff Links
Lot # 1023 - Large Group of Photographic Jewelry Including Pins, Brooches, Pendants, Cuff Links
Lot of 43 pieces, including pins, pendants, brooches, cufflinks, and a bracelet.  Many with gold filled fittings, some with enameled accents.
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William Wiessler (American, 1887-1975)
Lot # 3 - William Wiessler (American, 1887-1975)
Hill's Landscape
oil on canvas
signed l.r.
titled on label in reverse
framed
15.5 x 18.5 in. (sight)
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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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[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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The Dance by Henri Matisse, Serigraph
Lot # 45 - The Dance by Henri Matisse, Serigraph
Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), titled The Dance, signed l.r.; 13 x 15 in.
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Ninetta Butterworth (British, b. 1922), Fox Hunting Scene
Alphonse Legros (French, 1837-1911)
Lot # 56 - Alphonse Legros (French, 1837-1911)
Le Repos du Voyageur
etching
signed l.r. 
framed 
late 19th century
5.25 x 3.75 in. (print size)
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Huge Group of Daguerreian Lockets
Lot # 1021 - Huge Group of Daguerreian Lockets
Lot of 19, of which 13 contain one, two or four daguerreotype portraits.  The other six house tintypes or do not contain an image.  Most probably gold filled, but none have been tested.
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