Important Kentucky artist making rare appearance in Ohio

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Cowan’s Auctions 842-lot Fine and Decorative Art Auction will take place on March 9, 2013, featuring important works from the Humphreys-Rayburn Collection of Kentucky paintings: The most widely exhibited collection of Kentucky paintings in private hands.

“We are privileged to offer some important examples from the Humphreys-Rayburn Collection,” notes Graydon Sikes, Director, Paintings and Prints. “It is very well known regionally, and it was only natural that these paintings would be sold at Cowan’s.”

Featured in the auction is Paul Sawyier’s “The Kentucky Arsenal,” an oil canvas estimated

Rare oil canvas painting, by artist Paul Sawyier titled "The Kentucky Arsenal," carries an presale estimate of $50,000 - $75,000. (Photo courtesy Cowan's Auctions)

Rare oil canvas painting, by artist Paul Sawyier titled “The Kentucky Arsenal,” carries an presale estimate of $50,000 – $75,000. (Photo courtesy Cowan’s Auctions)

to sell for $50,000 to $75,000. Three other works by Sawyier are estimated to each sell for $20,000 to $30,000. “Sawyier was primarily known for his watercolors while painting in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Later, when Sawyier made a move to New York, by way of Brooklyn initially, and eventually to Fleischmann’s, he became more interested in oil as a medium,” remarked Sikes. “From personal correspondence, we know that Sawyier began touting his abilities in oil to his existing customers back in Kentucky. He died only a few years after arriving in New York, and as a result, his oil paintings rarely surface on the market.” The auction will also include other fine works by Kentucky and Cincinnati artists including Frank Duveneck, Henry Farny, Henry Faulkner, E.T. Hurley, Harvey Joiner and Joseph Henry Sharp.

Cowan’s will offer a number of Tiffany items in the March 9 auction. A set of Favrile sherbets is estimated at $3,000 to $5,000, a Studios floor lamp and a Favrile punch bowl are also expected to sell anywhere between $3,000 and $5,000. Additionally, the sale will include fine groupings of furniture; silver, ceramics, folk art and Chinese export ware.

If you have questions about this sale or consigning an item with Cowan’s, contact or call 513-871-1670, or visit