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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Illustration by Robert Berran, Oil on Board
Lot # 2 - Illustration by Robert Berran, Oil on Board
Robert Berran (American, 20th century), titled Learning From a Friend on verso, signed l.r.; 24.5 x 24.5 in.
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Lot of Five Iron Tinder Boxes and Telescope
Lot # 251 - Lot of Five Iron Tinder Boxes and Telescope
All are unmarked. Plus three-draw telescope in original cardboard case. Clear optics.
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South American Machetes Lot of Two
Lot # 765 - South American Machetes Lot of Two
Lot includes two machetes 1, Mexican with a 14" blade and a fancy scabbard and 1, El Salvadorian with a 12" blade and fancy scabbard. both made for the trade.
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<i>Barcelona 1964</i> by Joan Miro
Lot # 120 - Barcelona 1964 by Joan Miro
Joan Miro (Spanish, 1893-1983), 20th Century.  Lithograph in colors, numbered 97/100 l.l., inscribed in graphite 45-423-6 CL lower margin,  initialed M and embossed with mark l.r.; 12 x 17 in (sight)
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Leica Ic with Leicavit Rapid Film Advance Attachment
Lot # 3 - Leica Ic with Leicavit Rapid Film Advance Attachment
Leica Ic, S/N 561637, ca 1951, with Leicavit Rapid Film Advance baseplate attachment. No lens included.
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*Para-Ordnance P16-40 Semi-Automatic Pistol
Lot # 512 - *Para-Ordnance P16-40 Semi-Automatic Pistol
.40 S&W caliber, 5" barrel length, S/N RF1479, left side of slide action marked "Para-Ordnance", right side of slide action marked "P16-40".  Right side of frame marked with Para-Ordnance address.  Blue matte finish.  Black checkered grips with Para-Ordnance logo on each side.  Comes with extra magazine and in the original Para-Ordnance box.
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RACISM: <i>Irish Wit and Humor</i>, Anonymous, 1917,
Lot # 301 - RACISM: Irish Wit and Humor, Anonymous, 1917,
a 32mo, featuring 58 pages of jokes and 6 pages of advertisements for parlor tricks and games.
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*Charter Arms Pitbull Revolver
Lot # 377 - *Charter Arms Pitbull Revolver
9mm caliber, 2.25" barrel length, S/N 15-27264, "Pit Bull 9mm" marked on the left side of the barrel.  Right side of the barrel marked with Charter Arms address. Matte stainless steel finish with black checkered rubber grips with Charter Arms logo.  Comes in original Charter Arms box.
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Yellow Ware Pottery
Lot # 405 - Yellow Ware Pottery
American, ca 1940s. A vintage lidded pot with underglazed apples and leaves, stamped, WATT / U.S.A.  / OVENWARE. The other a lidded casserole with impressed basket weave decoration, stamped, HULL / U.S.A., largest dia. 9 in.
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Genre Scene, Oil on Board
Lot # 97 - Genre Scene, Oil on Board
Early 20th century, illegible signature l.r.; 14 x 19.25 in.
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Civil War Blacksmith Made Knife and More
Lot # 44 - Civil War Blacksmith Made Knife and More
Civil War Blacksmith Made Knife with scabbard and Lebel Bayonet with scabbard.
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Western Military Fur Mittens
Lot # 563 - Western Military Fur Mittens
Old classic Bear fur mittens Ca. 1890 to 1920. 14" x 9".
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*Colt Single Action Army Revolver In Original Box
Lot # 349 - *Colt Single Action Army Revolver In Original Box
.44 caliber, 7.5" barrel, S/N 99263SA. Blue finish with casehardened frame. Checkered hard rubber grips with rampant colt and eagle and shield logos. In original brown box with paperwork.
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*Walther PPK Semi-Automatic Pistol
Lot # 553 - *Walther PPK Semi-Automatic Pistol
9mm caliber, 3.25" barrel length, S/N A080474, left side of slide action marked "Walther" over "Made in USA" next to in 3 lines "Under License of Carl Walther Waffenfabrik Ulm/DO Modell PPK Cal 9mm Kurz/.380 ACP".  Right side marked "Interarms" over "Alexandria, Virginia".  Stainless steel finish with black checkered grips.  Grips marked "Walther" at the top.  Comes with extra magazine and in original box.
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Three 'Turkey Yelpers' Made of Horn
Lot # 163 - Three 'Turkey Yelpers' Made of Horn
Two items were made by the Bridgeport Gun Implement Company ca 1860.
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*Thompson Center Arms Super 16 Carbine
Lot # 591 - *Thompson Center Arms Super 16 Carbine
.30-30 Winchester caliber, 16" barrel, mounted with Leupold Scope 2 X 7X Var IIc, S/N 434655. Blued finish with Walnut stock and forearm.
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Cast Iron Dog Food Holder with Brown and White Terrier
Lot # 799 - Cast Iron Dog Food Holder with Brown and White Terrier
Cast iron single bowl dog food holder with no maker marks but two model No.s # 352 on dog and # 847 on base.
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