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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Copy of Van Dyck's Portrait of Charles I
Lot # 136 - Copy of Van Dyck's Portrait of Charles I
American, late 19th century. Oil on canvas housed in a wood frame depicting a forest scene with two figures, unsigned; 26.5 x 35.75 in. (sight).
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Forrest Landscape by G. Kline, Oil on Canvas
Lot # 241 - Forrest Landscape by G. Kline, Oil on Canvas
G. Kline, signed lower right, a well painted landscape in tonalist manner, housed in a gilt and gesso frame with stalk pattern; 19.5 x 29.5 in.
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William Strang (Scottish, 1859-1921)
Lot # 36 - William Strang (Scottish, 1859-1921)
Mother Earth
signed l.r. 
marked David Strang, imp. l.l. 
late 19th century-early 20th century
6 x 7.75 in. (print size) 

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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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Portrait of Woman by Raphael Soyer, Lithograph
Lot # 90 - Portrait of Woman by Raphael Soyer, Lithograph
Raphael Soyer (Russian, 1899-1987), a portrait of a seated woman with arms crossed, signed l.r., and marked H/C l.l.; 16.5 x 14 in.
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Floral Still Life, Watercolor
Lot # 234 - Floral Still Life, Watercolor
American, 20th century, signed Blinnott ? l.r.; 13.75 x 10.5 in.
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Western Landscape by T. Stafford Smith, Oil on Canvas
Lot # 35 - Western Landscape by T. Stafford Smith, Oil on Canvas
T. Stafford Smith (American, 20th century), a Western landscape with a road that fades off into the mountain range, signed and dated 45 l.r.; 17.25 x 23.5 in.
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[Cameras] Group of Three Cameras
Lot # 1417 - [Cameras] Group of Three Cameras
Lot of 3 cameras and assorted accessories, including a Folding Gem Poco, by Rochester Camera and Supply Co., a larger Rochester Camera and Supply Co. camera; and a camera by Photo-Porst Nurnberg.
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Israel Abramovsky (Russian, 1888-1975)
Lot # 130 - Israel Abramovsky (Russian, 1888-1975)
Girl with Guitar
pastel and tempera on linen
housed in a wood and glass frame
signed l.c.
22.5 x 18.75 in. (sight)
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Glen Tracy (Ohio, 1883-1956), <i>The Chicken Painter</i>
Lot # 147 - Glen Tracy (Ohio, 1883-1956), The Chicken Painter
Graphite on paper, titled u.r., signed and dated Aug 6th, 1925 l.r.; 12 x 8.5 in.
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Nancy Pendery (American, 20th century)
Lot # 10 - Nancy Pendery (American, 20th century)
End of Summer
oil on canvas 
signed l.r.
23.5 x 23.5 in. (sight)
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Dutch School, Interior Genre Scene
Lot # 74 - Dutch School, Interior Genre Scene
Dutch, 19th century. An unframed oil on canvas depicting a woman in a kitchen, unsigned; 20 x 15 in. (sight).
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Nudes by Corneille, Silkscreens
Lot # 91 - Nudes by Corneille, Silkscreens
Corneille (Belgian, 1922-2010), includes two silkscreens of reclining nudes in interior settings, one signed and dated 79 l.l. and the other has printer's mark l.l.; each 19.25 x 25 in.
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[Flat Mount] [North Carolina] North Carolina & Tennessee Views by Various Makers, Plus
Lot # 1113 - [Flat Mount] [North Carolina] North Carolina & Tennessee Views by Various Makers, Plus
Lot of 21, including:

Two views by scarce makers McCrary & Branson of Knoxville, Tennessee, showing families posed in front of their homes;

Four views by Rufus Morgan of Morganton, NC, one titled No. 505. North Carolina - Plantation Life, one showing a napping cotton picker, one showing a home, and one showing a lone tree;

Seven views by W.T. Robertson of Asheville, North Carolina, of an Asheville hotel, mountain scenery, and Elisha Mitchell's grave on Mt. Mitchell;

Three views by Taylor & Engle of Asheville of a railroad, a mountain camp, and land fractured by an earthquake;

Two Anthony views of the French Broad River;

A view by Wharton's of Raleigh, NC, titled 234 - Royal Gorge near Round Knob;

PLUS three non-stereoscopic boudoir photographs by T.H. Lindsey of Asheville, North Carolina, showing the Hot Springs and the hotel at Round Knob.
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John Barnard Whittaker (American, 1836-1926)
Lot # 94 - John Barnard Whittaker (American, 1836-1926)
Farmer Illustration
oil on board in shades of grey
signed l.r.
9.5 x 7.5 in. (sight)
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Jean-Baptiste Isabey (French, 1767-1855)
Lot # 14 - Jean-Baptiste Isabey (French, 1767-1855)
Portrait of Antoine Dubois
miniature watercolor on paper
5.25 x 3.75 in. (sight)
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Rural Landscape by Brooks
Lot # 259 - Rural Landscape by Brooks
Oil on academy board, depicting a larger building an outbuilding, signed l.l.; 16.5 x 19.5 in.
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Albrecht Durer (German, 1471-1528), Woodcut
Lot # 48 - Albrecht Durer (German, 1471-1528), Woodcut
Christ's Entry Into Jerusalem, a woodcut on fine laid paper, text on verso, from the book "The Little Passion", 1511; 5 x 3 7/8 in.  Woodcut is housed in contemporary casing with contemporary portrait of Durer.
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Maurice de Vlaminck (French, 1876-1958)
Lot # 115 - Maurice de Vlaminck (French, 1876-1958)
Rue de Village (Village Street Scene)
plate signed l.l.
14 x 18.5 in. (sight); 15.5 x 20.25 in. (sheet size)

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Three Associated American Artist Lithographs
Lot # 79 - Three Associated American Artist Lithographs
Jean Charlot (American, 1898-1979)
First Steps
signed l.r.
14 x 9.75 in. (print size)

Luigi Lucioni (American, 1900-1988)
signed l.r.
7.55 x 12.5 in. (print size)

Marion Greenwood (American, 1909-1970)
Coolie Woman
signed l.r.
13.5 x 8.25 in. (print size)
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