English or American, 19th century. Two framed cut paper silhouettes, one with watercolor embellishments, the other with a lithographed dress, each unsigned; larger 3.25 x 2.75 in. (sight), 5 x 4 in. (frame).
28% up to$250,000
23% up to$3,000,000
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Except for On-Line Only Auctions, all lots are available for inspection prior to the auction. Condition reports for most items can be found online at Cowan's website (www.cowans.com), and prospective bidders are encouraged to contact Cowan's directly for additional information regarding the condition of any lot. Cowan's does not warrant the condition of any item. Buyers interested in the condition of an item are encouraged to contact Cowan's, and, to the best of our ability, we will document for the prospective bidder the condition status of any lot. Condition is always a subjective evaluation and final responsibility rests with the buyer to assess the condition of any item sold by Cowan's.
Cowan's uses The Art Loss Registry to vet items in our Fine & Decorative Art, Modern Art, and Modern Ceramics auctions, offering due diligence services to auction houses to help identify items consigned to them that have been reported stolen or subject to claim.
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Condition Reports and Photo Requests
We have a zoomify feature on Cowan's website that allows you to zoom in on any part of the image you want. It has been particularly helpful with paintings, since you can zoom in on the signature, or the paint, to see if a discolored area is flaking, etc. Please try zooming on a painting before requesting an additional image. Many painting condition questions can be resolved with this feature.
A condition statement is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Cowan's Auctions, Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission and each lot is sold AS IS. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Cowan's Auctions, Inc. recommends that prospective bidders examine lots in person or make inquiries to the department concerning condition of any lots before the sale as all lots are sold in AS IS condition.