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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Lot of Three Powder Cans
Lot # 181 - Lot of Three Powder Cans
One half-pound can Canadian Explosives.  One half-pound American Powder Mills Triple Refined Dead Shot Sporting Powder.  One-pound EC shot powder can.
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Small Etched Swedish Metal Box
Lot # 785 - Small Etched Swedish Metal Box
Dancing around the May pole blue and gilt box that measures 3.75" x 2.25" with small pewter box inside.
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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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Staff Colonel Shoulder Straps, Matched Pair
Lot # 247 - Staff Colonel Shoulder Straps, Matched Pair
Late Indian Wars through Spanish-American War.  4" x 1 5/8" silver bullion embroidered eagle on dark blue wool with 3/8" gold bullion border, backed in black wool.
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Bell .416 Rigby Nitro Express Lot of Four Boxes
Lot # 854 - Bell .416 Rigby Nitro Express Lot of Four Boxes
Lot includes 4 boxes B.E.L.L. .416 nitro express. 10 count boxes.
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Colt Firearms Company, Photograph of Interior of Vice President's Office, Ca 1890
Lot # 151 - Colt Firearms Company, Photograph of Interior of Vice President's Office, Ca 1890
Silver gelatin photograph of an office interior, identified in ink on mount recto as Vice President's Office / Ca 1860, with penciled notations on mount verso identifying the scene as Vice President's Office - Colt's Fire Arms Co. - Hartford, Conn. With Culver Pictures, Inc., New York, New York studio handstamp on mount verso. 7.5 x 9.25 in., on mount, 8 x 9.75 in. A fine, detailed photograph of the office, with framed photographs, medals, and certificates visible along the walls that surround the grand space. 
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American Essayist & Leader of the Transcendentalist Movement, Ralph Waldo Emerson, CDV
Lot # 254 - American Essayist & Leader of the Transcendentalist Movement, Ralph Waldo Emerson, CDV
Cdv with photographer's identification on both recto and verso of Warren, Boston. Born in Boston, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) spent most of his life in and around Concord and Boston, with a brief foray to Florida for health reasons. The son of a Unitarian minister, his brother, William, became a minister, and later, Waldo attended Harvard Divinity School, having graduated from Harvard College in 1821. After being ordained in 1829, he began to doubt his beliefs. He resigned in 1832, and began a career of lecturing. Most of his writings began as lectures, and were then modified for print. As his views of Transcendentalism developed, his writings reflected what Oliver Wendell Holmes called America's "Intellectual Declaration of Independence," with its focus on the individual rather than the pressures of society. Emerson began traveling widely giving lectures, ranging as far as Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota and California. He also toured Europe several times, including just after the February Revolution in Paris and the other European revolutions of the late 1840s. These influenced his view of the American Civil War, even though he had long been an abolitionist. During the war he gave a lecture series in Washington, and met with Salmon P. Chase, Edwin Stanton, Gideon Welles, William Seward, and, eventually, Lincoln himself. He gave a memorial address in Concord after Lincoln's assassination. By early in the 1870s, Emerson began to lose his health and memory. He quit lecturing on a regular basis, and when he did, he stuck with a familiar audience. He died in 1882, just short of his 79th birthday.
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*Para-Ordnance P13 Frame Kit, Colt MKIV/Series 70 Government Model Slide and Colt Custom Rosewood Grips
Lot # 517 - *Para-Ordnance P13 Frame Kit, Colt MKIV/Series 70 Government Model Slide and Colt Custom Rosewood Grips
.45 caliber, S/N P8010258. Mat black finish. In original box with instructions, parts, magazine and grips. Lot includes a Colt MKIV/Series 70 Government Model slide. Includes Colt custom shop rosewood grips.
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US WWII Military Items, Lot of Four
Lot # 70 - US WWII Military Items, Lot of Four
Lot includes: one .45 auto holster, maker marked Enger-Kress, and dated 1942;, two fighting knives, one M-3 fighting knife maker marked Imperial on blade, with scabbard and one KA-BAR-style US Navy marked blade, made by Pal; and one KA-BAR USMC made for the WWII vets, with scabbard.
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Frank Lloyd Wright Tables
Lot # 20 - Frank Lloyd Wright Tables
American, ca 1950s. A pair of Frank Lloyd Wright end tables, manufactured by Heritage Henredon having Taliesin design to edges, branded Heritage Henredon by Frank Lloyd Wright; ht. 12.5 in., wd. 26 in.
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Harvey Littleton Prunted Form
Lot # 40 - Harvey Littleton Prunted Form
Harvey K. Littleton (American, b. 1922), a prunted form, name inscribed on underside and dated 1963; ht. 6 in., lg. 9.25 in.

Littleton is widely regarded as the father of the studio glass movement in America. He is a native of Corning, New York, where his father worked for Corning Glassworks.  He began his artistic career as a ceramicist, but later became a highly influential glassblower and sculptor.  In addition to his career as an artist, he was also a professor and Chairman of the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin where he advocated for glass to be included in the arts curriculum.  It was the first such program in the nation, and produced many influential glass artists, including Littleton's student  Dale Chihuly.  Littleton's objects can be found in the collections of many major museums in the United States, as well as museums in England, Germany, Switzerland, and Japan.
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**Hawes Firearms Co. Western Marshall Single Action Revolver
Lot # 378 - **Hawes Firearms Co. Western Marshall Single Action Revolver
.44 magnum caliber, 6" barrel, S/N 4/10188. Blue finish, brass triggerguard and backstrap; with walnut grips.
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Infantry Lt. Colonel's Dress Shoulder Straps, Matched Pair
Lot # 241 - Infantry Lt. Colonel's Dress Shoulder Straps, Matched Pair
1902 through WWI period example.  3.75" x 1.6', silver bullion oak leaves embroidered on light blue wool with .5" gold bullion border, black wool backing.
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Sporting Ammunition by Union Metallic Cartridge Co.
Chalk Portrait of Rudolph Valentino
Lot # 454 - Chalk Portrait of Rudolph Valentino
American, 20th century, chalk drawing. A color portrait of actor Rudolph Valentino. 17.25 x 16 in. (sight). Signed illegibly l.r.
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Caucasian Rug
Lot # - Caucasian Rug
79 x 56 in.

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*S&W Model 60
Lot # 339 - *S&W Model 60
.38 Special caliber, 1.75" barrel length, S/N R161984, checkered walnut grips.
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M-1 Carbine Paratrooper Folding Stock
Lot # 720 - M-1 Carbine Paratrooper Folding Stock
wood stock with folding wire stock for a paratrooper stock mark AAF and butt plate marked P257614 * 5 with canvas sling.
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Chinese <i>Cloisonne</i> Vase
Lot # 507 - Chinese Cloisonne Vase
Chinese, 20th century. A baluster-form cloisonné vase, having a ruyi border at the mouth and shoulder, with a lappet border at the foot, the body having chrysanthemum, bird, and lotus flower motifs, all on a blue ground, unmarked; ht. 20, dia. 10 in.
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