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Cowan’s fine and decorative art auction exceeds $450,000

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Written by Auction House PR   
Friday, 25 May 2012 12:15

The top lot at Cowan’s auction was this painting by Elizabeth Nourse, ‘Mere et Bebe,’ which sold for $31,750. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions.

CINCINNATI – Cowan's Auctions Fine and Decorative Art Auction realized $465,000 in the May 19 sale. Over 1,100 people from over 16 different countries bid on the telephone, online and in Cowan’s salesroom.

The highest selling lot in the sale was a painting by Elizabeth Nourse (American, 1859-1938) titled Mere et Bebe, which sold for $31,750.

Other regional works did particularly well in the auction as well. A work by Cincinnati artist Frank Duveneck titled Mary Mallon, sold for $8,812.

“I was very pleased with the outcome,“ notes Graydon Sikes, director, paintings and prints. “The Elizabeth Nourse hammered down to a Cincinnati collector, which is evidence that our regional artists are still of considerable interest.”

A collection of George Nakashima furniture also performed well in the sale. A Nakashima armchair realized $4,500. A Nakashima settee sold for $4,406. A set of George Nakashima Mira Chairs hammered down at $3,240.

Pablo Picasso ceramics were also among the top-selling lots offered in the auction. A Pablo Picasso earthenware vase sold for $18,000. A Pablo Picasso Mudoura earthenware jug realized $5,285, and a Pablo Picasso plate realized $3,290.

An Andrew Clemens sand bottle, dated 1888, surpassed its estimate of $3,000-$5,000 and hammered down at $8,225.

A number of Chinese lots also exceeded their estimates. A Chinese export mother-of-pearl inlaid bench and chair, estimated at $3,000-$5,000, sold for $7,800. A set of Chinese porcelain lamps realized $5,100. A Chinese altar table sold for $3,600.

Additional noteworthy lots were a 3-gallon Edgefield, S.C., jar attributed to slave potter Dave Drake, which realized $9,400. A painting by George Phippen, titled No Life for the Easily Bruised, made $6,600. A Rookwood wall mural from the Mills Restaurant, a fixture in downtown Cincinnati for many years, realized $2,350. A Massachusetts slant-front secretary-bookcase attributed to cabinetmaker John Smith (1768-1834) sold for $3,055.

For more information about upcoming sales at Cowan’s Aucton, visit or call 513-871-1670.

Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog for this sale, complete with prices realized.


The top lot at Cowan’s auction was this painting by Elizabeth Nourse, ‘Mere et Bebe,’ which sold for $31,750. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions. 

Cincinnati artist Frank Duveneck’s painting ‘Mary Mallon’ reached $8,812. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions.    

Andrew Clemens sand bottle dated 1888: $8,225. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions. 

Chinese export mother-of-pearl inlaid bench and chair: $7,800. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions. 

George Nakashima armchair: $4,500. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2012 13:14

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