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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Leather Handgun Holsters, Lot of Six, PLUS Leather Cuffs
Lot # 358 - Leather Handgun Holsters, Lot of Six, PLUS Leather Cuffs
Lot includes five revolver holsters (one Heiser for d.a. revolver), one pistol holster, one pr. leather cuffs.
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Two General Store Gunpowder Tins
Lot # 177 - Two General Store Gunpowder Tins
13" and 11.5" height. Taller tin is marked F.W. Tyler on the handle.
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Three Early Tour Books, Utah, Niagara and Jamaica,
Lot # 387 - Three Early Tour Books, Utah, Niagara and Jamaica,
includes horizontal 16mo in embossed blue boards entitled Views of Utah by C.R. Savage, accordion fold with engravings after Savage photographs of Utah and Salt Lake City, 16 views with 30pp of text, PLUS The New Guide and Key to Niagara Falls, published by John Edbauer, 1920, 16mo in illustrated light card stock wraps, 72pp, and illustrated throughout with center fold of falls, AND Guide Issued by the Jamaica Tourist Association, Kingston, anonymous, 1912, n.p., 16mo in illustrated wraps, 94pp with large fold-out map in rear.
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*Taurus 20ga. Single Shot Shotgun
Lot # 689 - *Taurus 20ga. Single Shot Shotgun
20 gauge, 22" barrel length, S/N SR242078, Taurus markings on the right side of the frame.  Blue finish throughout with black checkered polymer pistol grip stock and forearm.  Black Rossi butt plate.
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Expressionist Landscape by Wolf Kahn
Lot # 7 - Expressionist Landscape by Wolf Kahn
Wolf Kahn (American, b. 1927).  Monotype on watermarked paper, signed in graphite l.r. and dated 1987; 24 x 40.5 in. (plate)
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No 2 Remington UMC Primed Empty
Lot # 326 - No 2 Remington UMC Primed Empty
Primed brass base with yellow paper.  Marked on the bottom of the base Remington UMC No 2.
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EOTech XPS3 Holographic Weapon Sight
Woody Crumbo (Potawatomi, 1912-1989) Silkscreens From the Creek Council House Museum Association, Okmulgee, Oklahoma
Lot # - Woody Crumbo (Potawatomi, 1912-1989) Silkscreens From the Creek Council House Museum Association, Okmulgee, Oklahoma
Lot of four includes Flute Dancer, Feather Dancer, Eagle Dancer, and Tail Dancer. Each is signed and title in the bottom margin. Each 12 x 9 in. (sight), 20 x 17 in. (framed).
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Smith&Wesson Red Pistol Box For The .38 Safety Revolver
Lot # 878 - Smith&Wesson Red Pistol Box For The .38 Safety Revolver
S&W red pebble grained pistol box for 3.25" barreled Safety Revolver
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Belgian M-1851 Saxon Percussion Musket
Lot # 71 - Belgian M-1851 Saxon Percussion Musket
.58 caliber, 37" barrel, S/N 7932. With all matching numbered parts and screws except the middle barrel band. The barrel is marked with a Liege proof. The lock is marked P.J. Malherbe & Cie A Liege. Walnut stock stamped 14 on top of butt.
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<i>Mercer Pottery Co.</i> Washbowl, Pitcher, and Mug
Lot # 406 - Mercer Pottery Co. Washbowl, Pitcher, and Mug
20th century, a group of porcelain Mercer Pottery Co. tablewares including a footed washbowl, a handled pitcher, and a mug, all with gilt and floral decoration on a white ground, each with an impressed mark, Mercer / Warranted / China on bottom; washbowl  dia. 15 in.
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National Geographic Maps of the 1920s, Between the Wars
Lot # 168 - National Geographic Maps of the 1920s, Between the Wars
National Geographic Society. Map of South America. Washington (DC): National Geographic Society, 1921. 28 x 37 in. Color, linen backed, on rollers. Insets of Economic Map of South America;, Mean Annual Temperatures of North and South America; and Physical Map of South America, with elevations and ocean depths.  Minor fray of linen, slight separation from top roller on left edge; a bit of paper damage upper right that only affects margin; toning of outside when rolled.

National Geographic Society. Map of Africa and Adjoining Portions of Europe and Asia. Washington (DC): National Geographic Society, 1922. 28.25 x 30 in. Small inset of Cape Verde Islands. Linen backed, on 2 rollers. Slight toning to outer part of linen when rolled, edge fray just starting.

National Geographic Society. Sovereignty and Mandate Boundary Lines in 1921 of the Islands of the Pacific. Washington (DC): National Geographic Society, 1921. 17.5 x 25 in. Linen backed; color; outlines of Oceanic regions and colonial powers: Great Britain, France, U.S., Japan, Australia & New Zealand, Netherlands.  Top roller separated but present; minor fraying of top edges, surface soil on outer part when rolled.

National Geographic Society. The Arctic Regions. Washington (DC): National Geographic Society, 1925. 18 x 20.75 in., linen backed, color. Insets of Spitsbergen & Franz Josef Land and Ellesmere Island Region.  Minor toning on outer (when rolled) part of linen.

National Geographic Society. North America. Washington (DC): National Geographical Society, 1924. 28 x 73 in. Color; insets of Aleutian Islands and Eastern Part of the West Indies; on two rollers; linen backed. Minor fray; toning of outer part when rolled.

National Geographic Society. World. National Geographic, 1922. Missing right edge. Torn. Colors still bright.
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Leica I, Ser. No. 40406, with Leitz Elmar Lens
Lot # 2 - Leica I, Ser. No. 40406, with Leitz Elmar Lens
Leica I, S/N 40406, ca 1930, with Leitz Elmar F3.5, 50mm lens, and Leica leather case.
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Navajo Vase with Mexican Weavings
Lot # 75 - Navajo Vase with Mexican Weavings
lot of 3, includes a Navajo vase with beige base decorated with Kokopelli and pictographic-like images of deer; signed on base, height 4.75 in. x diameter 4 in.; PLUS two Mexican textiles, 36 x 20.5 in. AND 19 x 9.5 in. 
20th century
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US Army Officer's Dress Blues Uniform
Lot # 102 - US Army Officer's Dress Blues Uniform
Post-WWII dress blue uniform with silver star ribbon bar.
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Buck Fixed Blade Hunting Knife
Lot # 47 - Buck Fixed Blade Hunting Knife
1970's buck knife 5" blade with leather flap sheath.
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Rum Kegs Lot of Two
Lot # 805 - Rum Kegs Lot of Two
Larger Rum keg measures 8.75" x 5.25 and the smaller rum keg measures 3"x5".
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San Juan Redware Storage Jar From the Creek Council House Museum Association, Okmulgee, Oklahoma
Lot # - San Juan Redware Storage Jar From the Creek Council House Museum Association, Okmulgee, Oklahoma
large globular body with slightly flared and polished rim; rim wrapped with cotton cord, height 11.25 in. x diameter 15.25 in.
ca 1900
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