Modern and Contemporary Art + Design

Cowan's Modern and Contemporary Art and Design department specializes in works of art from the Art Deco period up to the present. Our auctions feature fine art, works on paper, studio glass and pottery, as well as design and furniture, including works by George Nakashima, George Nelson, Robert Motherwell, Jim Dine, Kenneth Noland, Alexander Calder, Joan Miro, Louise Nevelson, Lino Tagliapietra, Dale Chihuly, Harvey Littleton, Betty Woodman, Peter Voulkos, Beatrice Wood, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and Harry Callahan. Cowan's holds two Modern and Contempary auctions annually, in the spring and fall, in our Cleveland salesroom. We welcome exceptional consignments throughout the year.

Consign now by filling out our online consignment form or contact us at 513.871.1670 ex 220 or e-mail modern@cowans.com

Department Director

Pauline Archambault and Jennifer Howe
Specialist

Contact Information
Contact Pauline at 513.871.1670 (ext. 220)
Contact Jennifer at 513.871.1670 (ext. 221)

Pauline Archambault, a French native, is a specialist in the Fine and Decorative Arts Department at Cowan's. She holds a Master's degree in Art History from the University of Cincinnati with a concentration on Contemporary Art, her research focusing specifically on installation and performance art. Her interests also include modernist and postwar photography and painting. Contact Pauline directly at pauline@cowans.com or at 513-871-1670, ex 220.

Jennifer Howe is a specialist in the Fine and Decorative Art Department here at Cowan's. Her other interests include contemporary art and design. Howe holds a Master's Degree in Art History from the University of Minnesota. She has taught art history and museum studies courses at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, including the course Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Howe's research and publications have focused on Cincinnati furniture, silver and Arts and Crafts metalwork. She was an editor and contributing author of the book Cincinnati Art-Carved Furniture and Interiors (2003). Contact Jennifer directly at jenniferhowe@cowans.com or at 513-871-1670, ex 221.




 

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George Nelson Home Office Desk
Lot # 26 - George Nelson Home Office Desk
Home office desk designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller, with walnut frame, tan leather writing top and sliding doors, flip top storage compartment, and mesh steel storage file.; ht. 41, wd. 54, dp. 28 in.
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King's Rose Creamware, Plus
*Taurus Model 740 in a Bulldog Case
Lot # 590 - *Taurus Model 740 in a Bulldog Case
.40 Caliber, 3.5" barrel length, S/N SGX17771, markings on the left side of the slide action "Taurus" over "Made in Brazil" next to "Slim".  Right side of the slide action marked with Taurus address next to "PT 740".  Blue finish on the slide action.  Black polymer frame with Taurus marked on each side of the grips.  Comes in black bull dog case with extra magazine and in original box.
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William Bruckner (American, b.1915), Portrait of Lady
Lot # 455 - William Bruckner (American, b.1915), Portrait of Lady
Pastel on paper, signed l.r. with Clossons label on verso; 16.5 x 12.75 in. 
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 Smith and Wesson Double Action Revolver in Original Box
Lot # 18 - Smith and Wesson Double Action Revolver in Original Box
.32 caliber, 3" barrel, S/N 86443, hard rubber grips, in original box with instructions in lid, end label on box.
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<i>Hazard Powder Co.</i> Duck Shooting Gunpowder
Lot # 174 - Hazard Powder Co. Duck Shooting Gunpowder
7.75" x 6.25" powder tin with original label with image of a duck.
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Slave Tax Receipt, 1862
Lot # 267 - Slave Tax Receipt, 1862
Partially printed receipt for $198.06 in taxes on the transfer of the estate of J. Lamb, deceased, including land, 85 slaves, and 60 cattle.  Dated Feb. 27, 1862, signed by Sheriff and Collector W.H. Mangum (Manpen?).  Receipt is printed by the Jackson Book Bindery (Mississippi?), 4.25 x 7.25 in. sight, professionally framed in with illustration and descriptive plaque, 14.625 x 23.375 in. overall.
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Indian Wars Tin Drinking Cup
Nepal Gurka Kukuri knife.
Lot # 779 - Nepal Gurka Kukuri knife.
Kukuri measures 14" blade with metal handle. 18" overall.
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Wilbourn or Buena Vista Saddle ca. 1900
Lot # 139 - Wilbourn or Buena Vista Saddle ca. 1900
Black patent leather trapunto quilted seat and padded cantle.  Leather covered tree with scallop trimmed edges.  Harness leather skirts, stirrup straps and embossed fenders.  Underside padded and lined with blue stripped pillow ticking.  Complete with iron stirrups and a web girth.  The Wilbourn saddle was patented in 1883 by a veteran of the Confederate army.  The patent was sold to the Buena Vista Saddle Co. of Virginia in 1889.  Production ceased in 1934.
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Cavalry Captain's WWII Era Dress Shoulder Straps
Lot # 246 - Cavalry Captain's WWII Era Dress Shoulder Straps
1930s through WWII period.  4" x 1.75", silver bullion rank bars embroidered on yellow ribbon with a gold bullion border, black wool backing with aluminum attachment hooks.
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Lot of 3 Indian Wars Cartridge Boxes and More
Lot # 45 - Lot of 3 Indian Wars Cartridge Boxes and More
Includes a well marked King's Patent box, M1874 Hagner #1 and a Hagner #2. Lot also includes a commercial box of .50-70 Government cartridges, 11 live and 5 spent, and an early leather rifle sling.
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Bugle and Fife
Lot # 17 - Bugle and Fife
Wood fife with German silver furniture with finely etched borders. Unmarked brass bugle.
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Getsem Gun Co. Trap Gun
Lot # 218 - Getsem Gun Co. Trap Gun
.460 smooth bore diameter, 8.75" round barrel, no S/N. Markings on left side "Pats Pending."  Markings on right side "Getsem Gun Co." next to "Lincoln, Neb."  Cast iron frame sits on tripod.  Trigger rod is 14.75" with springloaded trigger.  The trigger rod is pushed back releasing the hammer causing the gun to fire.
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19th Century Mugger Stopper Gun
Lot # 812 - 19th Century Mugger Stopper Gun
.40 caliber, 1.25" barrel, iron single shot protector. Worn in the center of back to keep from being attacked from behind.
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Military Themed Commemorative Spoons, Lot of Three
Lot # 124 - Military Themed Commemorative Spoons, Lot of Three
Newcom's Tavern Dayton's First House Dayton's Centennial 1796-1896 with soldier finial on handle, Pittsburg's 28th National Encampment 1894 GAR with longrifle handle.  AND spoon with crossed riffles on handle and stamped Muonier .800.
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**Marlin Model 60 Semi-Auto Rifle
Lot # 293 - **Marlin Model 60 Semi-Auto Rifle
.22 LR caliber, 22" barrel length, S/N 27324720, Marlin address and caliber markings on the left side of the barrel.  Blue barrel and magazine tube.  Pistol grip walnut stock with a squirrel carving on the right and left side of the pistol grip.  Black checkered butt plate.
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*S&W Model 640-1
Lot # 340 - *S&W Model 640-1
.357 caliber, 2" barrel, S/N CBP8487, custom rubber grips.
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