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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19th Century Portrait of an American Indian Chief
Lot # 119 - 19th Century Portrait of an American Indian Chief
Portrait of Indian Chief, oil on canvas, unsigned; 11 x 9.25 in.
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Josephine Wood Colby (American, 1862-1930), <i>Daydreams</i>
Grossi (Italian, 20th century)
Lot # 78 - Grossi (Italian, 20th century)
Boat Scene
oil on board
signed l.r.
framed
14.25 x 15 in. (sight)
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American School, Seashore Scene
Lot # 18 - American School, Seashore Scene
American, 19th century. Oil on canvas. Depicting a seashore scene, signed illegibly l.r., with Wadsworth Howland & Co. stenciled mark on reverse of canvas. Framed; 23.5 x  35.5 in. (sight).
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[Books] <i>Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain</i>, by Howitt, with Tipped-In Photographs
Lot # 1258 - [Books] Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain, by Howitt, with Tipped-In Photographs
Howitt, William and Mary.  Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain.  Tipped-in albumen photographs by Bedford, Sedgfield, Wilson, Fenton, et al.  London: A.W. Bennett, 1862.  8vo, intricately decorated gilt imprinted pressed paper boards, featuring albumen images on each cover, 228pp, all with gilt edges. 
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Landscape by John C. Allcott, Oil on Board
Lot # 136 - Landscape by John C. Allcott, Oil on Board
John Charles Allcott (Australian, 1889-1973), a quaint landscape with large castle off in the distance, signed l.l. with Gillette inscribed on verso; 15 x 17.25 in.
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William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)
Lot # 5 - William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)
Analysis of Beauty, Plate II
engraving on laid paper
signed and dated 1753 l.r.
framed
15.5 x 20.5 in. (sight)
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Set of Gravestone Stereoviews by Keystone View Company
Lot # 1215 - Set of Gravestone Stereoviews by Keystone View Company
Lot of 97 stereoviews by Keystone View Company, capturing various gravestones and cemetery monuments, possibly produced for promotional purposes. Some include penciled notes on mount verso showing measurements and dollar amounts. 
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American School, Still Life
Lot # 43 - American School, Still Life
Still Life with Basket and Apples
pastel on paper
unsigned
framed
15.25 x 20.5 in. (sight)
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Attributed to Thomas Benjamin Pope (American, 1834-1891)
Lot # 28 - Attributed to Thomas Benjamin Pope (American, 1834-1891)
Hanging Cherries
oil on canvas
unsigned
accompanied by Jordan Delhaise Gallery label with artist attribution
E. Schoepflin & Co. label to back of frame
12.5 x 10.5 in. (sight)
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[Flat Mount] [Circus/Sideshow Freaks] Five Stereoviews of Barnum's Freaks and Circus Animals
Lot # 1317 - [Flat Mount] [Circus/Sideshow Freaks] Five Stereoviews of Barnum's Freaks and Circus Animals
Lot of 5, including:

one view of several circus freaks, including two pinheads, an albino, a bearded lady, a fat lady, and a fat man playing a violin, inscribed in the recto margin Modern Greece with variation;

and four views of circus animals, including a lion, elephants, camels, and a band wagon, identified in the recto margin as being from an unspecified World's Fair.
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A. Patterson (Australian, 19th-20th century), Folk Art Landscape
Edgar Forkner (American, 1867-1945)
Lot # 38 - Edgar Forkner (American, 1867-1945)
Boats in Harbor
watercolor
signed l.l.
framed
14.75 x 19 in. (sight)
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[Curved Mount] [New York] Huge Group of New York Stereoviews, Including NYC and Niagara Falls
Lot # 1112 - [Curved Mount] [New York] Huge Group of New York Stereoviews, Including NYC and Niagara Falls
Lot of approximately 400 curved mount stereoviews of New York City and New York State, by Keystone, Underwood, Strohmeyer & Wyman, Barker, Griffith, Graves, White Zahner, et al.  Ca 1880-1930.
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Emma Mendenhall (American, 1873-1964)
Lot # 2 - Emma Mendenhall (American, 1873-1964)
Pair of Landscapes
each oil on board
each unsigned
each 7.5 x 10 in. (sight)
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Charles Meurer (American, 1865-1955)
Lot # 24 - Charles Meurer (American, 1865-1955)
Still life with flowers
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1942, l.r.
22.25 x 15.5 in. (sight)
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[Curved Mount] [Russia] Russia & Eastern Europe Stereoviews by Keystone, et al.
Lot # 1168 - [Curved Mount] [Russia] Russia & Eastern Europe Stereoviews by Keystone, et al.
Lot of 84 curved mount stereoviews, including 62 of Russia plus views of Ukraine, Romania, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia.  Most by Keystone, others by H.C. White, Jarvis, Graves, and Underwood.
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Frank Harmon Myers (American, 1899-1956)
Lot # 27 - Frank Harmon Myers (American, 1899-1956)
Seascape
graphite on paper
signed l.r.
17.5 x 23.5 in. (sight)
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Kathe Kollwitz (Russian, 1867-1945)
Lot # 26 - Kathe Kollwitz (Russian, 1867-1945)
Mother and Child
lithograph on paper 
signed as part of the printed work
24 x 18 in. (sight)
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Charley Harper (American, 1922-2007)
Lot # 51 - Charley Harper (American, 1922-2007)
Skimmerscape
silkscreen
signed l.r.
numbered 1948/2000 l.l.
20.75 x 14.25 in. (plate size)
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