Local roots run deep at Cowan’s Fall Decorative Art Auction

An important pair of portraits by Matthew Harris Jouett (estimate $50,000-$70,000), one of the earliest portrait artists in the Midwest and who worked primarily in Kentucky, will hit the auction block at Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati for the Fall Fine and Decorative Arts Sale that begins on Oct. 18, 2008.

Jouett’s work is represented in most institutions in Kentucky and is highly sought after. Among his more than 300 portraits are one of Lafayette in the state capitol at Frankfort, Ky., and one of John Grimes in the Metropolitan Museum. This is his first pair of paintings to ever surface at a public auction. The pictures are of his brother and his brother’s wife.

Midwesterners are not the only group feeling pride for their local artists, as Russian items are expected to grab international attention. A Fabergé cigarette case is expected to sell for $18,000-$25,000. This item follows the American and European Paintings sale on Oct. 17, 2008, where numerous pieces of Russian paintings are on the auction block. Many of the pieces are predicted to sell high because the Russian pride for their artists is so strong. There is an investment fund in Russia that is focused on buying Russian art.

Other items of interest in the two-day sale include a great New York Federal sideboard (estimate $2,500-$3,500) and an unbelievable 15th Century German Renaissance statue (estimate $15,000-$25,000).

All of the auction lots will be on exhibition in the afternoon of Oct. 17 and 18, 2008, before each sale.

Cowan’s is a leading auction house specializing in four divisions: Historic Americana; American Indian and Western Art; Paintings, Furniture and Decorative Art; and Historic Firearms and Early Militaria. Cowan’s has long been helping individuals and institutions build important collections with sales that routinely set world records for rare offerings.