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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Charley Harper (American, 1922-2007)
Lot # 56 - Charley Harper (American, 1922-2007)
Birds of a Feather
signed l.r.
numbered 455/2000 l.l.
19.5 x 27.5 in. (plate size)
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Jean Jansem (French,1920-2013)
Lot # 121 - Jean Jansem (French,1920-2013)
Seated Girl
signed l.r.
numbered 42/120 l.l.
15 x 11 in. (sight)
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[Curved Mount] [Expos - St. Louis 1904] Stereoviews of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair (Lousiana Purchase Exposition)
Lot # 1314 - [Curved Mount] [Expos - St. Louis 1904] Stereoviews of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair (Lousiana Purchase Exposition)
Lot of 175 stereoviews of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, officially the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, published by Keystone, Underwood, White, and Universal Photo Art Co.  Views document the grounds, halls, state and country buildings, wares, etc.  One view shows a reenactment of the Boer War.  About 20 views are hand-colored.
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Abstract Serigraphs by Karel Appel
Lot # 104 - Abstract Serigraphs by Karel Appel
Karel Appel (Dutch, 1921-2006), includes two abstract serigraphs, first signed l.r. and marked AP l.l. with second signed l.r. and marked 130/150 l.l.; each approximately 21.5 x 29.25 in.
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<i>Dooreahs or Dog Keepers Leading Out Dogs</i>, Hand-Colored Engraving by William Samuel Howitt
Lot # 118 - Dooreahs or Dog Keepers Leading Out Dogs, Hand-Colored Engraving by William Samuel Howitt
William Samuel Howitt (English, 1765-1822). Engraving on paper, unframed; 13.25 x 17.25 in. (plate size).
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Nancy Ford Cones (American, 1869-1962)
Lot # 105 - Nancy Ford Cones (American, 1869-1962)
Harriet Jane
Girl with Cat
two gelatin silver prints
respectively signed l.r. and titled l.l. in pencil on mount recto, and signed and dated 1928 l.r. on print
one framed
13.5 x 10.5 in. (larger print size)

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[Curved Mount] Full Set of 600 Keystone <i>Visual Education</i> Stereoviews
Lot # 1307 - [Curved Mount] Full Set of 600 Keystone Visual Education Stereoviews
Full set of 600 views comprising the Visual Education series, housed in six dual book-form cases, themselves housed in the original storage/carrying case.
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George Catlin Lithograph, <i>O-Jib-e-Ways</i>
Lot # 206 - George Catlin Lithograph, O-Jib-e-Ways
From the North American Indian Portfolio, a lithograph by Day & Hague, housed in appropriate veneered frame; 14 x 17 in.
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Wilhelm Lehmbruck (German, 1881-1919)
Lot # 127 - Wilhelm Lehmbruck (German, 1881-1919)
Macbeth V
15.25 x 11.5 in. (plate size)
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Group of Tintype Pins and Pendants
Lot # 1024 - Group of Tintype Pins and Pendants
Lot of 20, mostly pins and pendants but also including two lockets and three images in full or partial Oreo cases.
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Albertus Jones (American, 1882-1957)
Lot # 56 - Albertus Jones (American, 1882-1957)
Landscape with Stream
watercolor on paper
signed l.l.
17.5 x 23.5 in. (sight)
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Archie Palmer Wigle (American, 1881-1969), Landscape
Lot # 271 - Archie Palmer Wigle (American, 1881-1969), Landscape
Oil on board, signed l.l.; 11.25 x 15.25 in.  

Archie Wigle, a Detroit artist whose work rarely surfaces, was a landscape and marine painter during the 1920s and 30s.
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 Japanese Woodblock Print
Lot # 167 - Japanese Woodblock Print
Japanese, early 19th century. 13.5 x 9 in. (sight).
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Hudson River School Landscape
Lot # 49 - Hudson River School Landscape
American, second half 19th century. Oil on canvas, housed in a carved wood frame, depicting a mountainous landscape with a figure walking along a path following a river bend, unsigned; 21.5 x 35.5 in. (sight).
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Abstract Cityscape
Lot # 245 - Abstract Cityscape
Oil on Canvas, signed C.M. and dated 62 l.r.; 22.5 x 13.5 in.
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[Viewers] Gaumont Stereodrome
Lot # 1358 - [Viewers] Gaumont Stereodrome
16.75 in. high x 10.5 x 9 in. square.  Gaumont Stereodrome, presumably the model intended for 6 x 13 cm glass slides.
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Josephine Wood Colby (American, 1862-1930), <i>Daydreams</i>
Three Audubon Quadroped Lithographs by J.T. Bowen
Lot # 61 - Three Audubon Quadroped Lithographs by J.T. Bowen
Each 19th century.  Rocky Mountain Sheep, The Cougar, and Yellow Bellied Marmot; each 7 x 10 in. (sheet size).
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Victor Casenelli (American, 1868-1961)
Lot # 116 - Victor Casenelli (American, 1868-1961)
Landscape with Trees Shading a River Bank
signed l.r.
9.5 x 15.5 in. (sight)

Victor Casenelli, a Michigan native and Cincinnati-based artist, is best known for his Northern European and North African subjects. He was also a noted landscape painter. 
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Kuninao Utagawa (Japanese, 1793-1854), Plus
Lot # 163 - Kuninao Utagawa (Japanese, 1793-1854), Plus
Act Four (Shindamme) from Uki-e Chushingura
woodcut in color
artist's seal l.r. 
ca 1820
13 x 8.5 in. (plate); 17 x 12.25 (backing) 

PLUS, two additional Japanese woodblock prints, ca 19th century, including one scene of a woman reading a book and one scene of a man looking through a window at two women. 

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