Hindman’s American Furniture Department specializes in American furniture, decorative arts and folk art from the late 17th century and into the 20th century, with examples from New England, the Mid-Atlantic, the Ohio Valley, Kentucky and the South; including items brought to the colonies and early United States by early settlers and merchants, like Chinese export porcelains, textiles, German and other European metalwork.
Bringing record prices for Historic Americana, American History is a semi-annual Live Salesroom Auction featuring everything from 19th century photography, political campaign ephemera, historical textiles, items associated with slavery and abolition, Lincolniana, the Civil War, social history, books, manuscripts and autographs, to flags and historical relics. Cowan’s also holds a number of “Online-Only” American History auctions throughout the year.
Hindman’s Antiquities department specializes in ancient works of art from throughout the Mediterranean world, Egypt and the Near East. Works from the Neolithic period through approximately 1,000 A.D. are offered in bronze, marble, pottery, gold, silver, glass and other media.
Cowan’s Historic Firearms and Early Militaria department is an industry leader in the sale of historic and modern firearms, militaria and accoutrements. Cowan’s is leading the way with consignments of important firearms collections from some of the most prolific collectors in the country. Welcome our new Department Director, Tim Carey, is known and respected in the field for honesty, integrity and passion.
Hindman’s Asian Art department handles Asian antiquities from individuals, estates, and institutions. The department focuses on Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian works of art from the Neolithic period to the early 20th century. It has had particular success in sales of Chinese works of art, paintings, and furniture. The department’s sales encompass a broad range of works, including jades, bronzes, ceramics, netsuke, snuff bottles, swords, sculptures, paintings and calligraphy, and furniture.
The Books & Manuscripts department at Hindman conducts regularly scheduled auctions of collections large and small consigned by individuals, estates and institutions. We invite you to contact our Books & Manuscripts department for a complimentary auction estimate.
Hindman’s Early 20th Century Design program is devoted to the major international design movements from the late 19th century through the first quarter of the 20th century, including Art Nouveau, Vienna Secession, Arts & Crafts and Art Deco. Our biannual auctions showcase works by the most important designers from this innovative period, such as Louis Marjorelle, Josef Hoffmann, the Roycrofters, Frank Lloyd Wright and Gustav Stickley; studio ceramics from Rookwood Pottery, Newcomb College, Van Briggle, Grueby and Zsolnay; metalwork by Gorham, Whiting and Tiffany; and glass and lighting by Gallé, Daum, Lalique, Loetz, Tiffany, Handel and Pairpoint.
In addition to featuring exceptional pieces of Fine Silver in all of its Fine & Decorative Art: Premier Auctions, Cowan’s also offers four auctions a year that exclusively feature Fine Silver. Cowan’s is always accepting consignments of sterling and coin silver from well-known makers such as Tiffany & Co., Gorham, Kirk-Stieff, and Duhme & Co.
Hindman’s Fine Art specialists provide expert consultations for buyers and consignors to address all their fine art needs. They work with collectors and buyers around the world to curate exceptional sales and provide clients with the opportunity to sell their artwork confidentially through private sales. Our specialists are always available for complimentary and confidential valuations of single works or entire collections.
Hindman is recognized internationally as a leading fine art auction house. With an unyielding focus on client service, Hindman offers holistic solutions to connect clients in local US cities to the global art market. Hindman operates more salesrooms in the United States than any other firm and conducts over 100 auctions annually in categories such as fine jewelry, fine art, modern design, books and manuscripts, furniture, decorative arts, couture, Asian works of art, arts of the American West, and numismatics, as well as special focus subjects as the need arises.
Hindman’s Jewelry & Timepieces specialists couple their passion with expertise to offer one of the most comprehensive approaches to selling jewelry and timepieces in the industry. Each piece that passes through our doors is carefully evaluated by a well-regarded team with over a century of combined experience. Selling jewelry and timepieces can be an emotionally charged undertaking, but we strive to make the process as respectful and seamless as possible—all while maximizing results.
Hindman’s Modern Design program focuses on design from the International Style through the Studio Movements and Contemporary Design & Craft. The department handles works from a wide variety of celebrated designers, architects, and craftspeople of the 20th century that came to define the various International Modernist Movements. Additionally, the department showcases works from the American Studio Furniture, Studio Pottery, and Studio Art Glass Movements, as well as highlights the metalsmiths and weavers of the era. The department aims to present thoughtfully curated auctions guided by scholarship, the current market, and international collecting trends.
A leader in the field of American Indian Art, Cowan’s has sold over $20 million of Native objects. Live Salesroom Auctions are held twice a year focusing on North American cultural and ethnographic material. Photography of the American Indian and works of art portraying a romantic West by artists such as Henry Farny, Charles Russell, and Joseph Sharp, create a well-rounded auction that attracts aggressive bidding by American Indian and Western art collectors. Online-Only Auctions are also held throughout the year.
In addition to featuring exceptional pieces of Prehistoric Art & Artifacts in all of its American Indian: Premier Auctions, Cowan’s also offers several auctions a year that exclusively feature birdstones, Clovis points, Old Copper Culture tools, fossils, and everything in-between.
Hindman’s Sports Memorabilia auctions encompass a comprehensive range of categories including competition-used artifacts, athlete personal property, autographed memorabilia, trading cards and unique ephemera that includes programs, posters, pennants and tickets. This department builds on Hindman’s record of realizing strong results from sports memorabilia auctions including the historic sales of property from Chicago Stadium and Comiskey Park along with items from the collection of Hall of Fame baseball announcer Ernie Harwell.
The Western & Wildlife Art department specializes in handling Historic and Contemporary Western Art including works by Western pioneering artists, Taos Society Founders, living and deceased Cowboy Artist of America, New Mexico modernists, and established Southwestern artists. Other regional landscape and figural works by artists from the Western states and Colorado are among our featured consignments. The department also focuses on African and North American Wildlife paintings and bronzes. Our auctions will often showcase other authentic vintage cowboy accoutrement, saddles, furniture by important western designers and other themed material. With the help of all the Hindman regional offices quality consignments and enthusiastic buyers find their way to our Denver saleroom from across the country and abroad.