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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[Flat Mount] [Colorado] Nine Charles Weitfle Stereoviews of Colorado
Lot # 1063 - [Flat Mount] [Colorado] Nine Charles Weitfle Stereoviews of Colorado
Lot of 9 oversized views by Charles Weitfle, each with his full card Denver of Central City, Colorado imprint on verso and a brief description of the series or subject.  Titled in the negatives: 5 - Maine Street Central, Looking North (Central City); 24 - General View of Black Hawk, Colorado; 54 - Hanging Rock, (down) Clear Creek Canon; 100 - The Rift in the Rocks, Glen Eyrie; 120 - The "Fortress," William Canon; 124 - Gate To The Mountains, Ute Pass; 127 - The Abbey, Williams Canon; 278 - Down The Canon, Pike's Peak Trail; and 456 - A Mormon "Saint" and Wives.
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[Curved Mount] [Southern U.S] Stereoviews of the American South by Keystone, et al.
Lot # 1081 - [Curved Mount] [Southern U.S] Stereoviews of the American South by Keystone, et al.
Lot of 245 curved mount stereoviews of the American South, by Keystone, Underwood, Strohmeyer & Wyman, Barker, et al.  Examples include: cotton picking in Georgia; Florida pineapple groves; Natural Bridge, Virginia; distilling turpentine in North Carolina; oil operations in Texas; etc.  Many are duplicates.  
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Charley Harper (American, 1922-2007)
Lot # 58 - Charley Harper (American, 1922-2007)
White Coat
signed, l.r.
numbered 1570/2000 l.l.
9.25 x 9.25 (plate size)
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Lot # 1361 - [Viewers] "Sweetheart" Viewer
16 in. high, unmarked.  One set of fixed lenses, and one set mounted in the hinged door on reverse.
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Female Figures by Romare Bearden, Lithograph
Lot # 53 - Female Figures by Romare Bearden, Lithograph
Romare Bearden (American, 1911-1988), titled Mecklenburg Autumn, signed l.r., numbered 162/175 l.l.; 23 x 18 in.
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[Viewers] Three French Stereographoscopes
Lot # 1389 - [Viewers] Three French Stereographoscopes
Lot of three stereographoscopes of French design, with black lacquer finishes and decorative carvings. 

One of the two larger viewers, 14 x 8.75 in., features adjustable lenses, a folding interior hood for stereoviewing, and ivory finials.  Interior backing glass is cracked, as well as the wooden stereo lens rings, and with scattered nicks and cracks.  Lenses very good.

Other larger viewer, 13.25 x 8.5 in., with fixed lenses and brass finials.  Scattered nicks and hairline cracks in veneer.  Lenses very good.

Smaller viewer, 10.5 x 6.75 in., with fixed lenses and ivory finials.  Hairline cracks in veneer, one stereo lens ring and graphoscope lens not tightly secured, but all lenses are very good.
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Fantastical Scene by Salvador Dali, Silkscreen
Lot # 40 - Fantastical Scene by Salvador Dali, Silkscreen
Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989), signed l.r., marked HC l.l.; 26.75 x 20.25 in.
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Eustaquio Segrelles (Spanish, b. 1936)
Lot # 39 - Eustaquio Segrelles (Spanish, b. 1936)
Con Pan y Vino
oil on canvas
signed l.l.
titled on reverse
14.25 x 20.75 in. (sight)
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Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), <i>A Los Toros</i>
Lot # 67 - Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), A Los Toros
Lithograph, unsigned, dated 6.3.61 l.l., with inscription From "A los Toros" unsigned lithograph from large edition on verso; sight 8.5 x 10.25 in.
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[Viewers] Huge Collection of TRU-VUE Viewers and Reels
[Viewers] American Tabletop Walnut
Lot # 1359 - [Viewers] American Tabletop Walnut "Sweetheart" Stereoviewer With Rotating Oculars
18.5 in high. x 9.375 in. square at the base.  Holds 50 stereoviews.  Rotating oculars and ground glass on both sides allows for viewing by two people standing across from one another.  Nice walnut construction with dovetailed joints.
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Michel Kouliche (French, b. 1922)
Lot # 96 - Michel Kouliche (French, b. 1922)
Untitled (Abstract Scene with Figures)
oil on canvas, heavy impasto
signed l.r.
housed in carved gilt frame
18.5 x 23.25 in. (sight)
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[Curved Mount] [Famous People - George Washington] Stereoviews Relating to the Life of George Washington
Lot # 1205 - [Curved Mount] [Famous People - George Washington] Stereoviews Relating to the Life of George Washington
Lot of 38, including:

30 of a 36 card numbered set by Keystone tracing the life of George Washington (missing nos. 9, 22, 23, 30, 33, 34).

Plus six additional views of Mt. Vernon, one of Christ Church in Alexandria, Va., and one non-stereoscopic re-enactment of the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock.
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Larry Rivers (American, 1923-2002)
Lot # 110 - Larry Rivers (American, 1923-2002)
Emma 2 with Mixed Emotions
etching and aquatint with collage
signed, dated '67-'75, and numbered 5/22 l.r.
housed in a metal frame
11.75 x 17.75 in. (plate), 22 x 30 in. (sheet), 25.75 x 33.25 in. (frame)
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John Albert Seaford (American, 1858-1936)
Lot # 79 - John Albert Seaford (American, 1858-1936)
Landscape with Trees and Stream
watercolor on paper
signed l.l.
17.25 x 20.5 in. (sight)
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American Scene Painting, Women at the Zoo
Lot # 258 - American Scene Painting, Women at the Zoo
Oil on acandemy board, unsignedbut probably WPA Era, late 40s or early 50s.  Three African American women at the zoo; 11.5 x 15 in. 
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William Forsyth (American, 1854-1935)
Lot # 41 - William Forsyth (American, 1854-1935)
watercolor on paper
signed and dated 85,l.l.
13 x 11 in. (sight)
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[Curved Mount] Numbered Set of 22 <i>Public Helpers</i> Stereoviews by Keystone
Lot # 1306 - [Curved Mount] Numbered Set of 22 Public Helpers Stereoviews by Keystone
Lot includes numbers 1-22 of the Public Helpers series (#34737-34758), housed in a small Stereoscopic Encyclopedia book-form case.
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Rare Art Nouveau Studies by Cincinnati Artist Harry Bridwell (1861-1930)
Lot # 266 - Rare Art Nouveau Studies by Cincinnati Artist Harry Bridwell (1861-1930)
A group of three works, each in watercolor and heavily inked.  Three busts, framed in art nouveau designs and well executed, the largest 16 x 8.5 in.  

Bridwell was a decorator, artist and designer in Cincinnati during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  This is the first Cowan's has offered of his work.  Cincinnati was a thriving artist community during this time period, and many important art nouveau movements were taking place there.  For instance, Rookwood pottery, largely considered one of the first major movements in art pottery, hired many artists as decorators.  Jewelers in Cincinnati were also putting out avant garde molds.
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Audubon Avian Prints, Bowen Edition
Lot # 30 - Audubon Avian Prints, Bowen Edition
John James Audubon (American, 1785-1851). A group of 3 framed colored lithographs depicting a Trudeau's Tern, an American Anhinga Snake Bird, and a Cayenne Tern, all signed l.l., titled l.c., numbered u.l.; 6.5 x 9 in. (sight of each).
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