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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Henry Emerson Tuttle (American, 1890-1946)
Lot # 29 - Henry Emerson Tuttle (American, 1890-1946)
Ducks in Flight
etching
signed l.c.
framed
8.75 x 11.75 in. (sight)
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Louis Icart (French, 1888-1950), Erotic Lithograph
Lot # 78 - Louis Icart (French, 1888-1950), Erotic Lithograph
With artist's name l.r.; 6.5 x 4.75 in.

This print is from Louis Icart's Gargantua et Pantagruel (1936), a publication that featured seventy-six lithographs by the artist. Although an authentic work, the signature has been added "after Icart."
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[Curved Mount] Boxed Set of Sicily and Italy Stereoviews by Stereo-Travel Co.
Lot # 1290 - [Curved Mount] Boxed Set of Sicily and Italy Stereoviews by Stereo-Travel Co.
Set of 100 views of Sicily by Stereo-Travel Co., copyright 1908, housed in the original book-form case, PLUS 61 views from Stereo-Travel Co.'s 100 view Italy series.
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[Flat Mount] [Colorado] Charles Weitfle, Colorado, <i>Gold Retorts</i> Stereoview
Lot # 1191 - [Flat Mount] [Colorado] Charles Weitfle, Colorado, Gold Retorts Stereoview
Stereoview titled in the negative No. 225 - Gold Retorts, Value $22,500, showing 19 bricks stacked in front of a Union Pacific Express storefront.  On an oversized mount with Charles Weitfle's Central City, Colorado, imprint on recto and verso.
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Attributed to John Henry Twachtman (American, 1853-1902)
Lot # 59 - Attributed to John Henry Twachtman (American, 1853-1902)
Windy Day, Branchville, Connecticut
etching on paper
unsigned
housed in custom easel frame
late 19th century
4 x 4.75 in. (plate size)
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Neemiya Arbit Blatt (American, 1908-1999), Urban Street Scene
Landscape by Mary B. Bigland, Watercolor
Lot # 24 - Landscape by Mary B. Bigland, Watercolor
Mary B. Bigland (American, b. 1844), a landscape featuring a rocky creekbed and shallow waterfall, signed l.r.; 9.75 x 13.5 in.
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Ila McAfee (American, 1897-1996), He Picked Out a Young Pullet and Dropped Like a Plummet</i>
Lot # 218 - Ila McAfee (American, 1897-1996), He Picked Out a Young Pullet and Dropped Like a Plummet
Ink on paper, signed l.r.; 14.5 x 10.25 in.

Most notable for her animal paintings, Ila McAfee's final works are often incredibly colorful and vibrant. This ink on paper is probably a preparatory drawing for a later painting.
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George Nickell Smith (American, 1882-1965)
Lot # 51 - George Nickell Smith (American, 1882-1965)
Lingering Light
oil on canvas board
signed and dated 1937 l.l.
framed
15.5 x 19.5 in. (sight)

Artist certificate label on reverse of board, The FIRST 'isochromatic' Exhibition of Oil Paintings
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[Curved Mount] [American Military] Miscellaneous U.S. Military Views Including G.A.R., Battle Sites, Etc.
Lot # 1261 - [Curved Mount] [American Military] Miscellaneous U.S. Military Views Including G.A.R., Battle Sites, Etc.
Lot of 72, including GAR parades, GAR soldiers' homes, Gettysburg monuments, John Brown's Fort,  "colored soldiers," battleships of the Great White Fleet, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, soldiers training, soldiers on review, Arlington National Cemetery, monuments to the start and end of the American Revolution, Washington's headquarters at Valley Forge, illustrated Civil War scenes, and three War of 1812 Battle of Lake Erie memorial views.
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[Flat Mount] [Expositions - Philadelphia 1876] Huge Lot of Centennial Exhibition Stereoviews
Lot # 1310 - [Flat Mount] [Expositions - Philadelphia 1876] Huge Lot of Centennial Exhibition Stereoviews
Lot of 155 stereoviews, about 130 of which are Centennial Photographic Co. (Wilson & Adams, proprietors) views of the International Exhibition's buildings and exhibits.
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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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Collection of McKenney & Hall Octavo Edition Lithographs
Lot # 193 - Collection of McKenney & Hall Octavo Edition Lithographs
A Collection of 16 small folio, Octavo edition McKenney & Hall lithographs, several in frames with two, several with labels on verso indicating editions.
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After Frederick Carl Frieseke (American, 1874-1939)
Lot # 124 - After Frederick Carl Frieseke (American, 1874-1939)
Girl in Interior
oil on board
unsigned
framed
9.5 x 8.25 in. (sight)
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[Viewers]  Mid-20th Century Stereoscopic Slide Viewers, Plus
Lot # 1373 - [Viewers] Mid-20th Century Stereoscopic Slide Viewers, Plus
Lot includes:

Tru-Vue filmstrip viewer, in the original box with filmstrips of the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago.

Linex No. 530 Stereo Viewer, in the original box.

Radex Stereo Company Binocular-Scope, in the original box, with a box of 12 Stereo Slide Holders.

Newman Broun viewer, nearly identical to the Radex Binocular-Scope.

TDC Stereo Viewer, battery powered.

And a Pan-Pet '81 Panorama Stereo Viewer, in the original box, and including the Nudes II filmstrip.
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19th Century Still Life with Flowers
Lot # 88 - 19th Century Still Life with Flowers
American, 19th century
unsigned
9.25 x 12.5 in. (sight)
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Esquire Watercolor Cartoons and Magazines
Lot # 128 - Esquire Watercolor Cartoons and Magazines
Esquire Cartoons and Magazines, 20th century, includes two cartoons and two magazines, first cartoon of man and woman with caption I may be good for nothing - but I won't be bad for nothing in lower margin, dated July 1957 on verso, second cartoon of deer with caption Well, dearie, there are some days when you can't make a buck in lower margin, dated November 1956 on verso, first magazine dated July 1957 u.r. and second dated November 1956 u.r.; watercolors 10 x 6.75 in., magazines 13.25 x 10.25 in.
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Pair of Bien Edition Audubon Chromolithographs
Lot # 166 - Pair of Bien Edition Audubon Chromolithographs
Both Bien Edition chromothithographs, 1860, from the pioneering edition after Havell; each 22.5 x 16.5 in within matting.
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Louis Orr (American, 1879-1961)
Lot # 79 - Louis Orr (American, 1879-1961)
Ports of America
13 etchings
each signed l.r.
each titled l.l.
housed in portfolio
20.25 x 15.5 in. (portfolio size)
19 x 14 in. (each sheet size)
17.5 x 12.5 in. (largest plate size)
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R.O. Smith (Cincinnati, OH, 20th Century), Still Life of Fruit
Lot # 154 - R.O. Smith (Cincinnati, OH, 20th Century), Still Life of Fruit
Oil on board, signed l.r.; 11.75 x 23.5 in. A folk art still life depicting watermelon.
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