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

Department Director

Pauline Archambault and Jennifer Howe

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 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 or at 513-871-1670, ex 221.


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Royal Danish Sterling Trays
Lot # 79 - Royal Danish Sterling Trays
American, 20th century.  Five sterling silver Royal Danish trays, including two elongated trays, two vegetable trays, and one large serving tray, all with repoussed and pierced art nouveau handles and marked Royal Danish / Sterling; largest lg. 12.5, wd. 9.5 in., silver wt. 92.49ozt (2877g).
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Fall Landscape
Lot # 449 - Fall Landscape
Unknown artist, American, 20th century, oil on canvas. The painting depicts a fall landscape with trees and a trail. 25 x 21.5 in. (sight). Unsigned.
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Vintage Ammo Lot
Lot # 299 - Vintage Ammo Lot
Lot includes: full box of U.S. Cartridge Co. .44 S&W Special; nearly full box Western .25-20 cal.; partial box ;entral Fire Cartridges .32 S&W cal., empty box Peters Cartridge Co. .25-20 for Stevens and Winchester Single Shot Rifles.
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Stag Handled Bowie Knife by Underwood
Lot # 57 - Stag Handled Bowie Knife by Underwood
7" clip point bowie, stag handle, German silver mounts. maker marked Underwood on center of blade. Leather clip in scabbard.
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British Bowie Knife By Harrison Brothers and Howson
Lot # 49 - British Bowie Knife By Harrison Brothers and Howson
6" clipped point blade, stag handles, maker marked Harrison Brothers and Howson Sheffield England. made after 1891.
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*Colt Cobra Snub Nose Revolver
Lot # 347 - *Colt Cobra Snub Nose Revolver
.38 special caliber, 2" barrel, S/N F 83242. Blue finish, walnut grips, lightweight alloy frame, 1974 date of mfg.
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Navajo Bolos with Turquoise
Lot # 35 - Navajo Bolos with Turquoise
lot of 2, includes a bolo with single large turquoise set on abstract leaf motif, length 3.25 in.; AND the other resembling a small concha with single turquoise stone, diameter 1.5 in.
third quarter 20th century
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Group of Ten Thermold .308 Caliber Magazines
Lot # 457 - Group of Ten Thermold .308 Caliber Magazines
Group of ten 20 round Thermold magazines in .308 caliber.
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**Colt Model 1911 Commercial Government Model
Lot # 105 - **Colt Model 1911 Commercial Government Model
.45 caliber, 5" barrel, S/N C 113987. Re-Blued finish with replaced smooth wood grips. Circa 1915.
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<i>Directions or Making N. Foster's Hemp and Flax Spinning Machine</i> Broadside,
Lot # 340 - Directions or Making N. Foster's Hemp and Flax Spinning Machine Broadside,
instructional broadside with directions for making N. Foster’s Hemp and Flax Spinning Machine, 11 x 14”, loss at usual fold, minor hole at top, foxing, else fine. Incredible details on a task for four boys or girls… We assume the spinning of hemp might have another connotation today… particularly up at Northern California’s Russian River!
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Hunting Scene Prints
Lot # 482 - Hunting Scene Prints
Early 20th century. A pair of hunting scene prints; 14.25 x 19.25 in. (sight). Unsigned.
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**High Standard Model K-120 Flight-King Slide Action
Lot # 699 - **High Standard Model K-120 Flight-King Slide Action
12 ga., 20" barrel with Williams peep sight, S/N 3012833. Rifle sights on barrel. Checkered walnut stock with leather sling.
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*The Colt John m. Browning Commemorative Government Model 1911 Automatic
Lot # 527 - *The Colt John m. Browning Commemorative Government Model 1911 Automatic
.45 Colt, 5" barrel length, S/N CJMBC2635, gold scroll banners on each side of the slide action.  Left side of the slide marked with patent dates and Colt Hartford address.  Right side marked "The Colt John M. Browning Government Model" next to "Victory" over "Colt" next to "Commemorative 1911 Automatic".  Rampant Colt logo in gold at the back of the slide action on each side.  Blue finish with checkered walnut grips.  Comes in commemorative box with blue velvet lining and commemorative gold plaque.
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<i>Funerary Lament for Young Soldiers</i> by Milo Reice
Lot # 187 - Funerary Lament for Young Soldiers by Milo Reice
Milo Reice (American, b. 1952).  Mixed media on layered paper, titled, signed and dated 80 l.c.; 31 x 43 in.
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CVA Percussion Kentucky Pistol
Lot # 603 - CVA Percussion Kentucky Pistol
.45 caliber, 8" barrel, S/N 0008062. Walnut stock, In original box.
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**Winchester Model 1906 Pump Rifle
Lot # 347 - **Winchester Model 1906 Pump Rifle
.22 caliber, 20" barrel, S/N 396160. Blue finish, walnut stocks.
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Oil Tycoon, Glenn McCarthy, Presentation Woman's Compact
Lot # 249 - Oil Tycoon, Glenn McCarthy, Presentation Woman's Compact
2 in. square, with 3 gold shamrocks with green crystals on front. Inside with engraved: With compliments of Glenn McCarthy / March 17, 1949. Mirror missing. Portion with inscription opens to reveal a "hidden" compartment.

Glenn McCarthy, sometimes referred to as "King of the Wildcatters," did everything with "Texas-sized" extravagance - the quintessential oil tycoon. Lone Star state born and bred, he began as a waterboy for the roughnecks, then convinced his father, who was also in the oil business.He convinced his father and brother to work with him drilling in Hardin Co. (TX). Their first attempt was a failure, but after that, it was strike after strike. McCarthy struck oil 38 times between 1931 and 1942. He started investing in other ventures, including a radio station, newspapers, a movie company, and he built the Shamrock Hotel in Houston. On St. Patrick's Day, 1949, he threw what has become known as "Houston's biggest party" to open the hotel. This "trinket" certainly a souvenir from that mega-party.
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Eskimo Doll
Lot # 2 - Eskimo Doll
thread-sewn with puckered hide face and fully dressed in seal and deer fur leggings and parka, height 9.5 in.
ca 1960
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Cover from <i>G.W. Pickel Taxidermist and Furrier The Winchester Store</i>,
Lot # 356 - Cover from G.W. Pickel Taxidermist and Furrier The Winchester Store,
G.W. Pickel Taxidermist and Furrier, The Winchester Store, Sporting Goods and Fishing Tackle, Indian Mocassins, Baskets and Souvenirs Kodaks. Envelope with advertisement from Rangeley, Maine.
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