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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[Viewers] Three Becker Viewers In Need of Parts or Repair
Lot # 1398 - [Viewers] Three Becker Viewers In Need of Parts or Repair
Lot of three viewers bearing Alexander Becker's patent nameplate; largest 19 in. high.

One with hinged doors on top, corners fashioned as columns, and bearing Becker's 1857 patent nameplate.  Condition: Missing internal mechanism and exterior knob.  Finish with nicks and general wear.  Lenses appear good.

Second with hinged doors on top, bearing Becker's 1857/1859 patent.  Condition: Long crack running horizontally around three sides, just under the ground glass.  Missing the knob.  Tape residue on top doors.  Lenses very good.

Third a simple model with a fixed top, bearing Becker's 1857/59 patent, and with a brass sunburst fixture as the knob. Condition: Missing lenses and eyepieces. Missing internal mechanism.  Horizontal crack running the length of the knob side.
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[Flat Mount] [Montana] T.H. Rutter Stereoviews of Prickly Pear Canyon
Lot # 1095 - [Flat Mount] [Montana] T.H. Rutter Stereoviews of Prickly Pear Canyon
Lot of 3.  Each identified in ink on verso as Prickly Pear Cañon, and one with the further description: Prickly Pear Cañon, Montana / On the summit of these rocks near the edge was buried Mr. Lyons, who died in this cañon while surveying the Mullen wagon road, by orders of Government, and Prof. Mullen.  Telegraph line to Fort Shaw is also over these rocks. T.H. Rutter Photographer.
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<i>Derrier Le Mirroir</i> by Marc Chagall, Silkscreen
Lot # 39 - Derrier Le Mirroir by Marc Chagall, Silkscreen
Marc Chagall (Russian, 1887-1985), titled Derriere le Miroir u.l., signed l.r. A French magazine, Derriere le Miroir, translated as "Behind the Mirror," commissioned many famous European artists, like Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Marc Chagalll, to design covers for the magazine that ran from 1947 to 1982; 15 x 11 in.
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[Flat Mount] [Philadelphia - Cremer] Large Group of Stereoviews by James Cremer of Philadelphia
Lot # 1116 - [Flat Mount] [Philadelphia - Cremer] Large Group of Stereoviews by James Cremer of Philadelphia
Lot of 66 views by James Cremer (1821-1893), Philadelphia's most prolific publisher of stereoscopic images in the late 19th century.  Views on various mounts, depicting Philadelphia buildings, monuments, and other landmarks.  Several views of interior/exterior of Independence Hall and Fairmount Park, as well as views of the model for the new City Hall and the Centennial Exhibition.
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Ruth Van Ausdall (American, 19th Century)
Lot # 52 - Ruth Van Ausdall (American, 19th Century)
Pastoral Scene with a Castle
oil on canvas
signed and dated '79 l.l. 
25 x 35 in. (sight)
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Adalbert Pilch (Austrian, 1917-2004)
Lot # 29 - Adalbert Pilch (Austrian, 1917-2004)
Rural Landscape with Trees and Path
oil on canvas board
signed l.l.
label with illegible German inscriptions on verso
9.25 x 12.5 in. (sight).
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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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Benjamin Miller (Cincinnati, OH, 1877-1964), <i>Christ's Entrance</i>
Lot # 145 - Benjamin Miller (Cincinnati, OH, 1877-1964), Christ's Entrance
Woodcut, titled Christ's Entrance l.l., signed l.r.; plate size 10 x 12.25 in.
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John Ruthven (American, b. 1924)
Lot # 60 - John Ruthven (American, b. 1924)
Wandering Brave
signed in pencil towards c.r.
numbered 781/1000 l.l.
30.75 x 23.75 in. (sight)

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Michael Triegel (German, b. 1968)
Lot # 64 - Michael Triegel (German, b. 1968)
Vom Schwelbenstein
signed and dated 98 in margin l.r.
E.A. (artist proof) in margin l.l.
titled in margin l.c.
6 x 8 in. (plate size)
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Marion Greenwood (American, 1909-1970)
Lot # 84 - Marion Greenwood (American, 1909-1970)
Mexican Memory and Mexican Boy
(2) lithographs
each signed l.r.
each titled l.l.
one numbered 1/40, the other 21/25
each framed
17.5 x 12.25 in. (larger plate size)

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After Nick Eggenhofer (American, 1897-1985)
Lot # 59 - After Nick Eggenhofer (American, 1897-1985)
Capturing a Bear
oil on board
signed N. Eggenhofer l.l.
14.25 x 10.5 in. (sight)
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[Flat Mount] [African Americans] Wilson & Haven Stereoviews of African Americans
Lot # 1198 - [Flat Mount] [African Americans] Wilson & Haven Stereoviews of African Americans
Lot of 7 views from the Savannah studio of photographer J.N. Wilson and his partnerships and successors Wilson & Havens, O. Pierre Havens, and Launey & Goebel.  Subjects include: a turpentine distillery in Silver Springs Run, Florida; a shack schoolhouse; "Uncle Jimmy," the champion fisherman of Beaufort, SC, making a fishing net; a firewood boy; two boys sitting on a barrel; cotton pickers; and Aunt Chloe out for a ride.
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Frank Gervasi (American, 1895-1986)
Lot # 9 - Frank Gervasi (American, 1895-1986)
Pulliam Peak, Big Bend National Park, Texas
oil on canvas board
signed l.l.
titled on label on reverse
9.25 x 13.25 in. (sight)
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Sergio Bustamante (Mexican, 1942-)
Lot # 108 - Sergio Bustamante (Mexican, 1942-)
signed and numbered on right side 29/100
late 20th century
15 x 31 x 10 in. 

Sergio Bustamante (20th century) was born in Mexico of Chinese and Indian ancestry, he lives and works in Guadalajara and is known for his life-size sculptures of animals in a variety of media, including papier mache and metal.  
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[Viewers] <i>Planox</i> Viewer with Base
Lot # 1381 - [Viewers] Planox Viewer with Base
Planox viewer and slide storage base containing four trays of glass slides, which show a wealthy family at home and vacation scenery. 
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[Flat Mount] [Photographers At Work] Stereoview of the Office of Photographer Lewis T. Young, Philadelphia
Lot # 1248 - [Flat Mount] [Photographers At Work] Stereoview of the Office of Photographer Lewis T. Young, Philadelphia
Lot of two views by photographer Lewis T. Young of Philadelphia, on his Collodio-Bromide Dry Plate-imprinted mounts, one showing the Masonic Temple, the other a great interior view titled A Corner of the "Den," showing a man presumed to be Young in his office reading, surrounded by a camera, photographic and chemical equipment, a microscope, a stereoscope, and more.
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[Viewers] Photoscope by Empire Supply Co. Pictures, Chicago
Lot # 1376 - [Viewers] Photoscope by Empire Supply Co. Pictures, Chicago
Photoscope by Empire Supply Co. Pictures, Chicago.  13 in. high, 24 in. including marquee.  Views are a few humorous series about a sailor on shore leave.
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Japanese Woodblock
Lot # 101 - Japanese Woodblock
19th century. 8.5 x 13 in. (sight), framed and matted to 13.25 x 18.25 in. Spring scene with (cherry?) trees in bloom, with people out walking and a body of water in background.
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[Cameras] Agfa Ansco Studio Camera and Century 3A Stand
Lot # 1411 - [Cameras] Agfa Ansco Studio Camera and Century 3A Stand
Agfa Ansco 8 x 10 in. studio camera and Century 3A stand.  Ca 1920s.
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