Americana at forefront of Cowan’s auctions June 7-8


Baltimore needlework sampler by Eliza Ann Suter, dated 1826, silk and chenille threads on linen ground, 31 x 36 in. (sight), 36.75 x 41.75 in. (frame). Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Cowan’s image

CINCINNATI – This summer, Cowan’s is offering two Fine and Decorative Art, Including Americana live auctions: The Live Discovery Auction on Friday, June 7, offers nearly 600 items that span many decorative arts categories, including furniture, fine art, textiles, porcelain, glass and rugs. The sale includes consignments from many of the same collections and consignors that are featured in the June 8 Premier Auction. On Saturday, June 8, the Premier Auction features over 450 lots of fine art, furniture, silver, rugs, glass, folk art and advertising. Bid absentee or live online both days through LiveAuctioneers.

Saturday’s sale includes many notable items including a large Baltimore needlework sampler (above) and the sampler collection of the late Kenneth and Barbara Gruver of Germantown, Ohio, and an important Cincinnati Art-Carved cabinet.

The Baltimore needlework sampler depicts a “busy yard” scene of a large two-story brick home flanked by a palm tree on the left and weeping willow on the right, a male shepherd and his dog and a seated lady with a parrot on her arm below the palm tree, the yard filled with grazing sheep, fowl, cows, and other farm animals. It is expected to sell for $10,000 or more.

The Cincinnati Art-Carved cabinet (below) was carved by Henry Lindley Fry (1807-1895) and William Henry Fry (1830-1929) in the 1860s. The entire 7½-foot-tall walnut cabinet is decorated with hand-carved decorations of grapes, grapevines and grape leaves, stylized rosettes, leaves and two figural heads (est. $8,000-$10,000).


Cincinnati Art-Carved cabinet by Henry and William Fry, circa 1860s, walnut with oak secondary, 89½in. high x 55in. wide x 26in. deep. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Cowan’s image

A William IV Barnard & Sons sterling silver epergne has a pierced foliate central bowl holding a cut glass bowl and converts to a four-light candelabra. This fully hallmarked piece is estimated at $10,000-$20,000.


William IV Barnard & Sons sterling silver three-light candelabra and epergne, London, circa 1837, 25¾in., total silver weight 143.07troy ounces. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000. Cowan’s image

A landscape by Edward Beyer features three figures in a canoe on a lake, with a waterfall and a mountain range in the background. The scene does not depict a recognizable Virginia or West Virginia location, and is most likely a fanciful one (est. $8,000-$10,000).


Edward Beyer (Pennsylvania, 1820-1865), oil on canvas, signed and dated 1853, 20in. x 29¾in. (sight), 27¼in. x 37¼in. (frame). Estimate: $8,000-$10,000. Cowan’s image

Also featured are a pair of Louis XV gilt bronze sconces, fine and rare examples of match safes from the noted match safe collection of David and Holiday Winfield, and a variety of early toys and art pottery.