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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Major General's Shoulder Straps, Matching Pair
Lot # 238 - Major General's Shoulder Straps, Matching Pair
Indian Wars through Spanish-American War.  4.25" x 1.6", two silver bullion and black silk stars on dark blue wool with 3/8" gold bullion border, black wool underside.  Shows signs of a third star having been removed.
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Amateur Champions Photograph
Lot # 489 - Amateur Champions Photograph
1920 black and white photograph. Pittsburgh district baseball amateur team. 8.75 x 11.75 in. (sight).
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Heinz Kilfitt F2.8, 90mm Screw Mount Lens
Lot # 59 - Heinz Kilfitt F2.8, 90mm Screw Mount Lens
Heinz Kilfitt F2.8, 90mm screw mount lens, S/N 219-3177.
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Guillermo Galan Mexican Vase PLUS
Lot # 87 - Guillermo Galan Mexican Vase PLUS
lot of 3, including a redware vase with white painted flowers; impressed on bottom, Guillermo Galan, height 11.25 in. x diameter 7.75 in.; PLUS a jar with lizards on handles and shoulder detailed with pieces of shell, height 6.75 in. x diameter 7.75 in.; AND a small oval Pima bowl, height 1.75 in. x length 3.75 in.
mid-20th century
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Frank Lloyd Wright Dining Chairs
Lot # 15 - Frank Lloyd Wright Dining Chairs
American, ca 1950s. Six Frank Lloyd Wright dining chairs by Henredon, consisting of two armchairs and four side chairs all having Taliesin design to edges, later upholstered inset back and seat; ht. 40 in.
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William Pelham, American Publisher and Patriot, ALS to Joseph Gales, Jr., 1812
Lot # 235 - William Pelham, American Publisher and Patriot, ALS to Joseph Gales, Jr., 1812
An ALS by William Pelham, a staunch American patriot as clearly evidenced by the content of the letter, to Joseph Gales, Jr., the publisher of the influential National Intelligencer(1810-1818) and future Mayor of Washington, D.C. (1827-30), dated at Philadelphia, Oct. 31, 1812, reading in full:
As the term of my subscription has nearly expired, I hasten to remit the customary advance for another year, lest any delay should deprive me of the satisfaction I have enjoyed in the perusal of your patriotic, temperate, and dignified publications. You will doubtless perceive with pleasure, the result of the electoral election which was closed about midnight. I understand there will be a large majority for Madison & Gerry. It was the most animated election I ever saw and notwithstanding the immense crowd on the election ground, the day was disgraced by no tumult or riot. Americanism is here triumphant, while Britishism scarcely dares to make its appearance. When Congress meets, the friends of government will be most painfully disappointed if some measures are not adopted to check the presses devoted to the enemy.

I am Sir very respectfully
Your fellow Citizen
W. Pelham

5 dollar bill enclosed.

We believe this William Pelham to be the Boston bookseller (1759-1827), who published materials for the benefit of seaman and other immigrants attempting to learn the English language, with special emphasis on the prevailing American pronunciations. However, there was another William Pelham who served as Major General in the War of 1812. Regardless, it is a fine example of the feelings of patriotic Americans in the early stages of the War of 1812.
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*Colt AR-15 A2 HBAR Sporter Rifle
Lot # 643 - *Colt AR-15 A2 HBAR Sporter Rifle
.223 caliber, 21.5" barrel, S/N 240492. With Colt markings on the left of the receiver. Plastic grip with synthetic stock.
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Four Page Illustrated Circular Related to Maynard's Patent Breech-Loading Rifle
Lot # 824 - Four Page Illustrated Circular Related to Maynard's Patent Breech-Loading Rifle
Title page reads, Maynard's Patent Breech-Loading Rifles Sold by Massachusetts Arms Company, Chicopee Falls, Mass. Description and Price. New Pattern without Maynard's Primer. Page four has a written letter from Chicopee Falls, Mass dated March 11th 1868 from C.V. Nemmay to Wm P. MacFarland that reads, Sir, yours of the 6th received in reply I can say that we can furnish you with a stick for two rifle bbls not of the old pattern, however, but one of the new ones which we consider to be an improvement. We no longer make them with the Primer attachment. It would be better for you to send your barrels here and have them fitted to the stock to insure a perfect fit. The price of a stock without barrels with them $20. We can send and collect on delivery but the cost of collection as you might see by the circular will be at your cost. You might send it in a letter in advance and save the cost.
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Leica IIIc, Ser. No. 404116
Lot # 12 - Leica IIIc, Ser. No. 404116
Leica IIIc, S/N 404116, ca 1946-1947. No lens included.
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*T.C. Kennon Custom 6mm Rifle
Lot # 451 - *T.C. Kennon Custom 6mm Rifle
6 mm caliber, 22.5" barrel, S/N P-84386. Barrel marked T.C. Kennon forward of receiver. Includes a Redfield 3x-9x 5 star scope. Walnut stock with raised cheekpiece, rubber buttpad and leather sling.
 
T.C. Kennon was a prolific gunsmith in the Stone Mountain, Georgia area in the 60's and 70's. 
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US Civil War Era Military Marked Straight Razors, Lot of Two
Lot # 6 - US Civil War Era Military Marked Straight Razors, Lot of Two
English-made straight razors with dark horn handles. First specimen etched on one side of the blade with a trophy stand of arms and an American flag with inscription "MILITARY RAZOR."  Second razor marked "MADE FOR THE ARMY."
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Axes and Ax Heads, Lot of Six
Lot # 373 - Axes and Ax Heads, Lot of Six
Four small scale axes with wood handles. Relic 4" x 3.5" ax head ca 1700s and another 6" x 4" antique ax head in excellent condition, deeply marked DS.
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Mexican Blanket,
Lot # 88 - Mexican Blanket,
woven wool with geometric designs in red, black, gray, and cream; cotton finishing fringe, 82" x 51".
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Navasie Hopi Jar
Lot # 51 - Navasie Hopi Jar
height 5.25 in. x diameter 8.25 in.
third quarter 20th century
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Group of Thirteen Uzi 9mm Magazines
Lot # 462 - Group of Thirteen Uzi 9mm Magazines
A group of eight 32 round magazines, and five 25 round magazines.
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Navajo Crystal Weavings
Lot # 72 - Navajo Crystal Weavings
lot of 2, both woven with a pastel palette in a banded motif, 51.5 x 35 in. AND 49 x 35 in.
ca 1960
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Large Copper Infantry Powder Flask