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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Disney Cartoon Attributed to Wallace Wood, Silkscreen
Lot # 134 - Disney Cartoon Attributed to Wallace Wood, Silkscreen
Wallace Wood (American, 1927-1981), titled The Realist and dated May 1967 in lower margin, numbered 2 l.l. and 13 l.r.; 8 x 13.25 in. Illustration was commissioned by Paul Krassner to be included in his left leaning magazine, The Realist.
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**Ithaca Model 37 Featherlight Slide Action Shotgun
Lot # 677 - **Ithaca Model 37 Featherlight Slide Action Shotgun
.20 Ga. caliber, 26"barrel with Poly-choke, S/N 818170-1. walnut stocks,
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Charm Bracelet with Travel Charms
Lot # 536 - Charm Bracelet with Travel Charms
Ladies charm bracelet with various charms from destinations across the U.S.  Sterling and base metal.

62.8 dwt.
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Two Relic Short Sword Blades, Possibly Confederate
Lot # 315 - Two Relic Short Sword Blades, Possibly Confederate
Double edge without fullers, 26.25" and 23.25" overall lengths including tangs, missing the hilts.  Both have been excavated.
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Still Life by Ruth Stecher, Oil on Panel
Lot # 20 - Still Life by Ruth Stecher, Oil on Panel
Ruth Stecher (American, 20th/21st century), titled Wine and Fruit on verso, signed u.l.; 8 x 10 in.
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Wooden Game Hanging Racks, Lot of Two
Lot # 158 - Wooden Game Hanging Racks, Lot of Two
One rack marked James Dixon & Sons Sheffield and one marked Bussey Patent London. Complete with leather carrying straps.
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J.D. Roybal (San Ildefonso, 1922-1978) Silkscreen
Lot # 79 - J.D. Roybal (San Ildefonso, 1922-1978) Silkscreen
depicting a dancing Koshare in profile, framed 9.5 x 8.5 in.
mid-20th century
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Early 19th Century Handbill For <i>Fancy Glass Working</i>, N.Y.,
Lot # 283 - Early 19th Century Handbill For Fancy Glass Working, N.Y.,
early 19th century handbill for Fancy Glass Working, N.Y. 6 x 11”, slight loss at usual fold, some foxing. The “artist” proclaims there is scarcely anything in Nature or Art (that can) be successfully imitated through his works in glass and enamel. In addition to selling his wares, he ran an emporium that charged a fee to come view his exhibition. A fun ephemeral item.
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Winter Landscape by Dale Ratcliff, Acrylic on Board
Lot # 73 - Winter Landscape by Dale Ratcliff, Acrylic on Board
Dale Ratcliff (American, late 20th century), titled Vermont Mill on verso, signed l.l.; 8 x 10 in.
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Colt Model 1861 Special Musket
Lot # 72 - Colt Model 1861 Special Musket
.58 caliber, 40" barrel. The barrel is marked N.J. Steel on the left side, and is also marked with a VP, and dated 1862 at the breech. The lockplate is marked U.S. / Colt's PT F.A. MFG CO. / Hartford Ct. and is dated 1863 at the rear. The nipple bolster is stamped with an eagle. The left side of the walnut stock is stamped N.J. Stock with tulip headed ramrod and U.S. marked buttplate.
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*Stevens 320 Pump Action Shotgun
Lot # 654 - *Stevens 320 Pump Action Shotgun
12gauge, 19" barrel length, S/N 131339H, Stevens address markings and caliber markings on the left side of the barrel.  Blue finish throughout with black pistol grip polymer stock and forearm.  Black rubber recoil pad.  Comes in original box.
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Captain Owens D. Havely, Pre- and Civil War-Period Letters between Havely and his Future Wife
Lot # 132 - Captain Owens D. Havely, Pre- and Civil War-Period Letters between Havely and his Future Wife
16 items, including two covers.

Owens D. Havely of Sedalia, Missouri, enlisted as a captain in the 7th Missouri State Militia Cavalry in 1862. He died of disease on campaign, November 5, 1862, in Cassville, Missouri.

Included in this lot is the letter written by the second in command of Co. E, 7th Missouri SM Cavalry, 1st Lieutenant A. Dorst, informing Mrs. Havely of her husband’s death:

Dear friend it has become my painful duty to inform you of the death of your Husband who died yesterday Morning Nov 5 at 3 oclock at Cassville. He had been complaining some five or six weeks of Daireah and & indijestion & not having a surgeon in whom he could place confidence he neglected taking medicine and by being exposed by knight riding & laying on the ground when he had to rest he was thrown into conjestion. He was able to walk about camp up to the evening of the 3rd but was verry weak and looked more like a mooving corpse than a living person.

Dorst continues, explaining how they tried to make a bed in a wagon in order to not leave Captain Havely behind, but he fell unconscious and died as the regiment tried to get back to Union territory.

…while you mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate husband we also mourn the loss of a good soldier & leader in whom we need not be ashamed. He was always at his post never flinching, uncompromising with the enemies of our country, in whom we all placed implicit confidence. In fact we all looked up to him as children would to a parent…

Most of the other correspondence consists of letters Owens retained during his tumultuous courtship with his wife Jane, dated 1852 to 1854. Also included is a November 18, 1862 ANS from Fountain May expressing condolences to Jane Havely.
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J.Halls Patent Clock Gun
Lot # 816 - J.Halls Patent Clock Gun
“J.HALL’S PATENT CLOCK GUN, STATION ROAD WORKS, WIGTON CUMBERLAND”, the wooden guide tubes applied with brass maker’s plaque, the inside of the lid with pasted paper instructions, complete with 12 firing weights. Device comprises twelve short barrels, each taking a 12-bore pinfire cartridge, a wood block bored with 12 guide tubes holds 12 weights suspended by cotton thread, the clockwork mechanism cuts a thread every hour, detonating the cartridge.
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Belgium Royal Gun Works Double Barrel Shotgun
Lot # 694 - Belgium Royal Gun Works Double Barrel Shotgun
12ga., 30" barrels, NSN, Checkered walnut stocks, Laminated Steel Belgium and Modified Diana No. 2410. Lockplates stamped Royal Gun Works. red recoil pad added.
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1989 & 91 President Bush Christmas Prints,
Lot # 229 - 1989 & 91 President Bush Christmas Prints,
each 9” x 12” mounted in white mat with embossed Presidential seal in lower left corner and in navy blue folder with embossed Presidential seal. First is by Gemmell (signed in print lower right) from 1989 with printed inscription along lower margin or mat reading With best wishes for all the joy and peace of Christmas./The President and Mrs. Bush/1989, AND second is by Kamil Kubik (signed in print lower right) from 1991, with printed inscription along lower margin or mat reading With our warmest wishes for all the joys of Christmas/and peace in the new year./The President and Mrs. Bush/1991. Lot includes one envelope from The White House.
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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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Vintage Spencer Carbine Ammunition
Lot # 287 - Vintage Spencer Carbine Ammunition
Two full boxes.56-46 cal. ammo; two 10-rd. boxes Frankford Arsenal, 1870 primed blank cartridges; one 5-rd. box of Frankford Arsenal, 1863; four-second fuses.
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T.H. Roosevelt Etching Signed by Artist
Lot # 218 - T.H. Roosevelt Etching Signed by Artist
Copright 1920 u.r., 86/200 l.l. in pencil, signed by artist l.r.; 11" x 15.5"
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