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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Abstract Group of Musicians, Collage
Lot # 105 - Abstract Group of Musicians, Collage
Probably American, late 20th century, a brightly colored, abstract group of musicians, signed l.l.; 7.75 x 9.5 in.
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Three Audubon Quadroped Lithographs by J.T. Bowen
Lot # 61 - Three Audubon Quadroped Lithographs by J.T. Bowen
Each 19th century.  Rocky Mountain Sheep, The Cougar, and Yellow Bellied Marmot; each 7 x 10 in. (sheet size).
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Edward Timothy Hurley (American, 1869-1950)
Lot # 14 - Edward Timothy Hurley (American, 1869-1950)
Ludlow Avenue Viaduct
etching and mezzotint
signed and dated 1921 in pencil l.r.
label with title on back of frame
framed
9.25 x 12.75 in. (plate size)
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James Whistler Etching, <i>Fish Shop, Venice</i>
Lot # 32 - James Whistler Etching, Fish Shop, Venice
James Whistler (American, 1834-1903), an crisply inked and rare impression, etching and drypoint on paper; sheet size 5 x 8.75 in.

On verso, an M. Knoedler & Co. label remains, with the following information: 

Fish-Shop, Venice
Original Etching by James McNeil Whistler
Kennedy Catalogue Number 218.

Fifth State of Seven.
Signed on tab with butterfly.
Number 6 written on back of print by Whistler.


Tab is hand inscribed beneath sheet.  Not examined out of frame but the impression does not appear to be laid down.  A rare impression.  

Ex Mersdorff Collection
Property of Historic Madison, Ind.
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William Hopkins (English, 1853-1892)
Lot # 45 - William Hopkins (English, 1853-1892)
Shepherd
oil on canvas
signed l.r.
framed
9.25 x 11.5 in. (sight)
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A Group of Women by Charles D. Gibson, Pen and Ink
Lot # 28 - A Group of Women by Charles D. Gibson, Pen and Ink
Charles Dana Gibson (American, 1867-1944), a pen and ink drawing of a group of women from different socio-economic backgrounds, titled When Women Are Jurors, signed and dated 1903 in center margin; 11.5 x 22.25 in.
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Portrait of a Woman by F. Humphrey Woolrych, Watercolor
Lot # 212 - Portrait of a Woman by F. Humphrey Woolrych, Watercolor
F. Humphrey Woolrych (American, 1868-1941), titled Seated Woman in Artist's Studio, signed l.r.; 26 x 22 in.
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Frank Lucien Heath (American, 1857-1921)
Lot # 121 - Frank Lucien Heath (American, 1857-1921)
Gray Day at Monterey
oil on board
signed l.l.
titled on original artist's label on verso
8.5 x 11.5 in. (sight)
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Old Master Copy after Rembrandt Van Rijn
Lot # 108 - Old Master Copy after Rembrandt Van Rijn
Portrait
early 19th century
oil on canvas
unsigned
18 x 23.5 in. (sight)
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Louise Nevelson Exhibition Poster and Prints
Lot # 108 - Louise Nevelson Exhibition Poster and Prints
American, 20th century. A framed Pace Gallery poster depicting Nevelson's 1975 work End of Day, a small framed serigraph of End of Day and another serigraph entitled Exhibition Invitation. Each matted and housed in a metal frame; poster 22.5 x 22.5 in. (sight), 32.25 x 32.25 in. (frame), prints 5.5 x 5.5 in. (sight), 10.25 x 10.25 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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[Curved Mount] [Famous People - President Harding] Scarce Set Documenting Harding's Trip to Alaska and the West
Lot # 1208 - [Curved Mount] [Famous People - President Harding] Scarce Set Documenting Harding's Trip to Alaska and the West
Lot of 74 of the 100 card set, which is one of the rarest of the Keystone sets. Most of the plates were taken on Harding's trip to the American West, and ultimately, Alaska. Plagued by scandal, Harding left Washington in June, 1923 on a "Voyage of Understanding" on which he planned to explain his policies to the common people. After visiting Alaska, Harding died suddenly in San Francisco on August 2, 1923. A remarkable group, long known as rare among stereoview collectors.
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Paul Chidlaw (American, 1900-1989)
Lot # 29 - Paul Chidlaw (American, 1900-1989)
Untitled
watercolor
signed l.r.
framed
3.75 x 5.75 in. (sight)
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[Flat Mount] [New York - Saratoga Springs] Large Lot of Saratoga Springs Stereoviews
Lot # 1109 - [Flat Mount] [New York - Saratoga Springs] Large Lot of Saratoga Springs Stereoviews
Lot of 115 stereoviews of Saratoga Springs and Lake George, including 40+ by Baker & Record, 10 by Anthony, and others by Barnum, Deeder, Sterry/Mcdonnald & Sterry, Ropes, Bierstadt, Beer, Rumsey/Edwards & Luce, Seneca Ray Stoddard, Sipperley's, et al.
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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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Edward Timothy Hurley (American, 1869-1950)
Lot # 70 - Edward Timothy Hurley (American, 1869-1950)
The Canal at Mohawk Place, Cincinnati, Ohio
colored etching 
signed l.r. in pencil, signed and dated 1917 l.l. on etching
framed
12.25 x 9.25 in. (print size)
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Henry Mosler (Ohio, 1841-1920), Figural Studies
Lot # 170 - Henry Mosler (Ohio, 1841-1920), Figural Studies
Graphite on paper, three sketches of Henry Mosler's family members, with names of the sitters, dated 73 and 75; each 2.25 x 4.75 in.

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American Modernist Nude
Lot # 103 - American Modernist Nude
American, mid 20th century. A framed oil on board of a nude in bright colors, unsigned; 23.5 x 17.5 in. (sight).
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[Flat Mount] [Pennsylvania] Eckley, Pennsylvania, Coal Mines Stereoview by Brown
Lot # 1122 - [Flat Mount] [Pennsylvania] Eckley, Pennsylvania, Coal Mines Stereoview by Brown
Stereoview with inked caption on verso Eckley, Coal Mines / Photo by Brown / Mauch Chunk, Pa. Today, the Eckley Miners' Village Museum in Pennsylvania is an example of a planned 19th century industrial coal mining town. Companies often designed and constructed rural communities to house their employees in close proximity to the collieries or factories at which they worked, which allowed the company to maintain a greater control over its employees.
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Pierre Chevalier (French, 20th Century)
Lot # 87 - Pierre Chevalier (French, 20th Century)
Pensive
oil on canvas
signed l.r.
framed
13.25 x 10.5 in. (sight)
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