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Long Lost Oklahoma Masterpiece Quilt Rediscovered

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Long Lost Oklahoma Masterpiece Quilt Rediscovered


Over 650 Lots Featured in Two-Day Fine and Decorative Art Auction


CINCINNATI, OH – February 11, 2015— Cowan's Auctions Fine and Decorative Art Auction will take place on February 20-21, 2015. The sale will include over 650 lots and will be held at Cowan's Auctions’ salesroom. The auction will feature Cincinnati, Kentucky and Indiana paintings, silver, American and Continental furniture, glass, works on paper, bronzes, sculptures and more. Day one will take place on February 20th and will highlight American and European paintings, sculpture and Asian Art. Day two will feature American and European Decorative Art and Furniture on February 21.


Two exceptional and fresh-to-the-market items will lead the charge in the February 20-21 auction. The first is a Folk Art Masterpiece Quilt by Camille Nixdorf Phelan of Oklahoma. The quilt depicts the history of the United States of America from its founding until the mid 1930’s, and is estimated to bring anywhere between $15,000/25,000. The second highlight will be sold as lot number one on day one of the sale, and is an incredibly Rare and Important Cincinnati Art Club Tambola Panel, estimated at $20,000/30,000.  The panel, depicted as a painter’s palette, shows miniature paintings by twelve prominent Cincinnati artists, including Henry Farny and Edward Potthast.


“We are offering two one-of-a-kind items in the sale – The Tambola Panel of the Cincinnati Art Club and the Camille Nixdorf Phelan Quilt. Both of these suggest the auction expression ‘Find me another one!” notes Graydon Sikes, Director of Paintings and Prints. “We are really excited about the sale as there are some rare and important opportunities and important collections.”

Cowan’s is also pleased to present an array of American and European fine art. A painting titled “Man with Pipe” by Birge Lovell Harrison is estimated to bring $10,000/15,000. A work by Franz Roubaud, titled “Circassian Horseman,” is expected to fetch $8,000/12,000, and a work by Antanas Zemaitis, titled “Castle Geyser, Yellowstone National Park,” is estimated at $6,000/8,000.


Fine sculpture and Asian Art will also be included in the auction. A Northern Wei Limestone Buddha is estimated at $8,000/10,000, a Moses J. Ezekial sculpture titled “Judith” is expected to bring anywhere between $6,000/8,000, a Ming Bronze Buddha is estimated at $6,000/8,000, and a bronze work by Frederic Schopin, titled “Cossack on Horseback,” is estimated at $3,000/5,000.


American and European furniture is expected to have a strong performance in the February 20-21 sale. A Chinese Chippendale Mahogany Bookcase on Writing Table is expected to bring $4,000/6,000, a Vernacular Hepplewhite Secretary Bookcase in Tiger Maple is estimated at $2,000/4,000, and a Southern Sugar Chest in Original Finish is estimated at $2,500/3,500.


In addition to the wide selection of American and European fine art and furniture, silver will also be featured in the upcoming auction. A set of English Sterling George II Candlesticks are estimated at $4,000/6,000, a Lunt Sterling Flatware Service is estimated to bring $2,000/2,500, and a set of Alvin Modern Colonial Sterling Flatware is estimated at $1,300/1,500.


Additional notable lots in the sale will include a rare Pint-Sized Andrew Clemens Sand Bottle, estimated to bring $15,000/25,000, a Monumental Carved Patriotic Eagle is estimated at $10,000/20,000, a 3rd Octavo Edition of Audubon’s Birds of America is expected to fetch $10,000/15,000, and a Chinese Dragon Robe is estimated at $4,000/6,000.


                         About Cowan’s Auctions, Inc.


As one of the nation’s leading auction houses with sales approaching $20 million, Cowan’s has been helping individuals and institutions build important collections for more than a decade.  The company’s seven divisions of American History, American Indian and Western Art, American and European Fine and Decorative Art, Historic Firearms & Early Militaria, Asian Art, Ceramics, and Jewelry hold semi-annual cataloged sales that routinely set records for rare offerings.  



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