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 # 46 - Charley Harper (American, 1922-2007)
Early Risers
silkscreen on paper
inscribed Best Wishes to the McClintocks l.l. in margin
numbered 399/500 l.r. in margin
12.75 x 18.5 in. (plate size)

PLUS, a Charlie Harper Christmas poster, The Christmas Caper, framed; 27.5 x 17.5 in. (sight).

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[Flat Mount] [Cuba & Latin America] Scarce Stereoviews of Cuba, Mexico, and South America
Lot # 1143 - [Flat Mount] [Cuba & Latin America] Scarce Stereoviews of Cuba, Mexico, and South America
Lot of 27, including:

Six E. Anthony/E. & H.T. Anthony views from the early Scenes In Cuba - Vistas Cubanas series, ca 1860, with verso titles in English and Spanish, showing Havana and Matanzas, as well as a group of Spanish soldiers at the Castillo de la Fuerza.

Three E. & H.T. Anthony views from the Views in "El Ecuador" series, showing scenes in Riobamba, Ambato, and Latacunga, Ecuador.  Photos credited to Camillus Farrand.

Two Holt & Gray views from the Six Months Tour in the Tropics series, showing scenes in the Danish West Indies (now the U.S. Virgin Islands).

Four similar views on orange mounts, each marked in pencil on verso South American Ruins.

View of the Ruins of Copankali, Honduras, Central America, No. 2, photographed by Dr. Fitzgibbon, Ex-Governor of the Bay Islands, published by Rehn & Sons of Philadelphia.

View of  a cactus garden by Peruvian photographers Courret Hermanos (Courret Bros.).

New Jersey Stereoscopic View Co. view of a Street in Maracaibo (Venezuela).

Anonymous view of the Palaces of the Captain General and Governor of Havana.

Anonymous view of Cocoanut Tree in the Bishop's Garden (Havana).

Three anonymous views with similar mounts and verso inscriptions showing Zacatecas and Monterrey, Mexico.

Anonymous view of a Brazilian estate, with inscription in Portuguese on verso.

Anonymous view of Petropolis, Brazil.

Anonymous hand-colored view of Quito, Ecuador.

And an anonymous and untitled view of a plaza/palace courtyard surrounded by Spanish architecture.
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Johannes Schelfman (Dutch, b. 1903), Coastal Scene
Lot # 37 - Johannes Schelfman (Dutch, b. 1903), Coastal Scene
Oil on canvas, signed l.l., with label on verso from Amsterdam Gallery; 14.75 x 30.75 in.
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John Franklin Earhart (American, 1853-1938)
Lot # 18 - John Franklin Earhart (American, 1853-1938)
Countryside Scene
oil on wood panel
signed and dated 1931 l.r.
9.5 x 6.25 in.

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[Flat Mount] [Maine & Rhode Island] Assorted Maine & Rhode Island Stereoviews
Lot # 1082 - [Flat Mount] [Maine & Rhode Island] Assorted Maine & Rhode Island Stereoviews
Lot includes:

30+ Rhode Island views, including 5 from Anthony's Newport And Its Villas series, 2 by J.A. Williams, 3 by John P. Soule, H.Q Morton view of the Block Island Lighthouse, J.H. Aylsworth view of Rocky Point, four views by J.A. Williams of Newport, Goodwin view of a Providence military monument, and more, plus several copy views.

65+ Maine views, by publishers including H.L. Webber of old orchard, R. bradley of Bar Harbor, B.F. Cole of Biddleford, W.C. Tuttle of Belfast, Dupee & Co. of Portland, Averill of Oldtown, and others.
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Louis Conrad Rosenberg (American, 1890-1983)
Lot # 74 - Louis Conrad Rosenberg (American, 1890-1983)
Dinkels Beuhl Houses  
signed l.r. outside plate 
20th century 
5 x 7 in. (plate); 17 x 22.75 in. (frame) 
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Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669)
Lot # 128 - Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669)
Adam and Eve 
engraving, 19th century
signed and dated 1638 within plate l.c. 
marked No. 29 del Catalo l.r. outside plate 
4.5 x 6 in. (plate); 9.5 x 11.75 in. (frame) 

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Edward Timothy Hurley (American, 1869-1950)
Lot # 18 - Edward Timothy Hurley (American, 1869-1950)
Fountain at Night
etching on paper
signed in plate margin l.r.
11.5 x 9 in. (sight)

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James Rosenquist (American, b. 1933)
Lot # 109 - James Rosenquist (American, b. 1933)
The Associates of the American Friends of the Israel Museum
signed and dated 1980 l.r.
numbered 18/27 l.l.
30 x 22.25 in. (plate size)

One poster for a Rosenquist exhibition
Two signed engravings, one by Richard Basil Mock, the other illegibly signed
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Harry A. Davis (American, 1914-2006)
Lot # 114 - Harry A. Davis (American, 1914-2006)
Standing Figure
watercolor and white wash on paper
signed l.r.
22.75 x 12.75 in. (sight)
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[Cameras] Graflex Series D and Daydark Photo Postcard Cameras
Lot # 1409 - [Cameras] Graflex Series D and Daydark Photo Postcard Cameras
Lot of 3, including: R.B. Graflex Series D, 4 x 5 in.; another variation the Graflex D; and a Daydark Photo Postcard Camera, Model D2, by the Daydark Specialty Co. of St. Louis., with developing tank, dark sleeve, RR lens, and Daydark shutter.

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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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Jacob Pfeifer (American, b. 1936)
Lot # 54 - Jacob Pfeifer (American, b. 1936)
Pair of Winter Lithographs
each limited edition lithographs
signed l.l.
numbered 136/500 and 206/750
largest 20 x 29 in. (plate size) 
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[Cameras] Century 4A Studio Camera and Stand
Lot # 1414 - [Cameras] Century 4A Studio Camera and Stand
Century 4A studio camera with compatible sliding carriage, reversible adapter back, and stand.  All with the plate of FolmerGraflex Corp., dating them to the late 1920s.
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After Johann Kaspar Kuster (Swiss, 1747–1818)
Lot # 68 - After Johann Kaspar Kuster (Swiss, 1747–1818)
Vue de Secheiron au bord du lac de Genève
hand-colored etching 
17 x 12.75 in. (sight); 20.5 x 16.5 in. (frame) 
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[Washington & Oregon] Haynes and Crawford Stereoviews
Lot # 1133 - [Washington & Oregon] Haynes and Crawford Stereoviews
Lot of 6, including a J.G. Crawford view of Upper Landing Cascades Columbia river showing the train spur to the steamer landing, and five F. Jay Haynes views: 1335. Pacific Ocean From Astoria; 1677. The Rapids at Spokane Falls; 1699. Lower Bridal Veil Falls, Oregon; 1701. Cape Horn Columbia River; and 1733. Columbia River Salmon.
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Brad Braune (American, 20th-21st century)
Lot # 90 - Brad Braune (American, 20th-21st century)
Sun Hat 1 from Hat series
watercolor on paper
signed l.r.
11 x 14.25 in. (sight)
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Valoy Eaton, (American, b. 1938)
Lot # 135 - Valoy Eaton, (American, b. 1938)
Waiting for the School Bus
oil on canvas
signed and dated lower left, titled on verso
10.5 x 15.25 in. (sight)

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Dutch Painting of a Ship at Dock
Lot # 35 - Dutch Painting of a Ship at Dock
Dutch, 19th century. Gouache on panel, housed in a wood frame, unsigned; 4.25 x 6.75 in. (sight).
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Ricardo Cinalli (Spanish, b. 1948)
Lot # 84 - Ricardo Cinalli (Spanish, b. 1948)
abstract mixed media on board, including collage, oil, and acrylic
signed on verso
32 x 40 in. (sight)
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