HomeDealersSam Kaufman Gallery

Sam Kaufman Gallery

About Sam Kaufman Gallery
Sam Kaufman has been selling fine and idiosyncratic 20th-century objects since he opened his Los Angeles store, back in the 20th century. The collection defies easy categorization, but every piece meets three criteria Sam personally values in applied art: playfulness, craftsmanship, and historical significance. The core of the gallery's collection is ceramics and furniture of the post-war period, especially pieces from Italy, France, and Scandinavia. These are augmented by ethnographic artifacts and the odd eccentric antique; things that complement the best work of the middle of the last century. Sam sees his enterprise as a salon for enthusiasts, and his job as a kind of cross between curator and emcee. The gallery caters to a wide spectrum of customers, from a connoisseur searching for an elusive piece to complete a collection, to an interior designer looking for an unusual lounge chair for a client’s screening room, or anybody shopping for a special gift. Born in New York City, Sam has nurtured an interest in architecture and design since he was awarded a Bronze Medal in the 1968 Jones Beach Sand Castle Building Contest. He went on to receive his BA in Semiotics at Brown University, and an MFA at the University of Southern California. Discounts are offered to customers who can sing any Francoise Hardy song acapella. .
1970s Gucci Leather Framed Mirror
1970s Gucci Leather Framed Mirror
Gucci
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Wall Mirrors
Leather, Mirror
Few vintage artifacts for the home express effortless chic with such clarity as this leather-framed mirror made by Gucci in the 1970s. This uncommon piece delivers all the best Gucci...
Hand-Painted Wooden Danish Royal Guardsman by Kay Bojesen
Hand-Painted Wooden Danish Royal Guardsman by K...
Kay Bojesen
Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Toys
Wood
Two life-size versions of Kay Bojesen's iconic wooden Guardsmen flanked the entrance to his Copenhagen shop, which was located near the Royal Palace. This drummer is in lovely condit...
Crucifix by Georges Jouve
Crucifix by Georges Jouve
Georges Jouve
Vintage 1940s French Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures
Earthenware
Made between 1942 and 1944, this crucifix is a very early piece from one of France's greatest ceramists. In 1942, Jouve had just escaped from Nazi imprisonment, and was hiding out in...
Vase by Guido Gambone

Vase by Guido Gambone

By Guido Gambone
Vase by Guido Gambone
Guido Gambone
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Ceramics
Earthenware
An excellent slab-built vase of rectangular section, made in the early 1950s by Guido Gambone, post-war Italy's most celebrated ceramist. Decorated with abstract, almost glyphic desi...
Set of Ten Porcelain Plates by Verner Panton for Rosenthal
Set of Ten Porcelain Plates by Verner Panton fo...
Verner Panton, Rosenthal Studio Line
Vintage 1960s German Scandinavian Modern Porcelain
Porcelain
A set of ten very groovy late-1960s porcelain dinner plates by Verner Panton, Denmark's grooviest modernist. Their colors and elliptical shape make them rather fun to eat off of. T...
Nickel-Plated Brass Frame / Mirror by Gabriella Crespi
Nickel-Plated Brass Frame / Mirror by Gabriella...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Picture Frames
Brass
Gabriella Crespi, legendary arbiter of 1970s Italian chic, had a showroom on the Via Borgospesso in Milan which was the point of origin not only of an aesthetic but of an entire life...
1958 "Putrella" Bowl / Centrepiece by Enzo Mari
1958 "Putrella" Bowl / Centrepiece by Enzo Mari
Enzo Mari, Danese
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Decorative Bowls
Steel
In 1958, the highly experimental Italian designer Enzo Mari created a family of vessels made from a surprising material. "Putrella" is Italian for girder, and these bowls were all ma...
Set of Nine Hand-Painted Faience Dinner Plates by Stig Lindberg
Set of Nine Hand-Painted Faience Dinner Plates ...
Stig Lindberg
Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics
Earthenware, Faience
This set of faience dinner plates (nine altogether, though only eight appear in the group photograph) was created by Stig Lindberg in the late 1940s to celebrate the various regions ...
"Jeune Lion Marin de la Californie" Rare 1822 Lithograph by Louis Choris
"Jeune Lion Marin de la Californie" Rare 1822 L...
Louis Choris
Antique 1820s French Other Prints
Paper
Two hundred years ago, Louis Choris, a young French-Russian artist of German origin, accompanied an 1815-1818 expedition to the Pacific, South America, California, Alaska, Hawaii and...
Silver-Plated "Courtney" Bowl by Charles Gwathmey and Robert Siegel
Silver-Plated "Courtney" Bowl by Charles Gwathm...
Swid Powell, Gwathmey Siegel & Assoc
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Decorative Bowls
Silver Plate
When, in 1988, this silver plated bowl was designed by New York Five architect Charles Gwathmey and Robert Siegel for Swid Powell, it evoked the Aesthetic Movement of the turn-of-the...
Set of Eight Dining Chairs by Walter Gropius
Set of Eight Dining Chairs by Walter Gropius
Walter Gropius, Ben Thompson
Vintage 1950s American Modern Dining Room Chairs
Nutwood
The legendary Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius designed the rarely seen "W199" armchair in 1951 with Benjamin Thompson, a fellow professor at Harvard. Gropius' teaching career came t...
"Comedia" Textile by Stig Lindberg
"Comedia" Textile by Stig Lindberg
Nordiska Kompaniet, Stig Lindberg
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Art
Linen
"Comedia", an extremely rare handmade silkscreen-printed linen textile, was designed in the late 1950s by Stig Lindberg for the prestigious Swedish NK department store. Lindberg's di...
Wine Decanter by Dr. Christopher Dresser
Christopher Dresser, Hukin and Heath
Antique 1880s English Aesthetic Movement Pitchers
Silver Plate, Cut Glass
This iconic wine decanter, designed in 1881 by Dr. Christopher Dresser for London silversmiths Jonathan Wilson Hukin and John Thomas Heath, presciently anticipates the values of 20th...
Aubusson Tapestry by André Borderie
Andre Borderie, Camille Legoueix Atelier
Vintage 1960s French Modern Tapestries
Wool, Tapestry
André Borderie (1923-1998) was an energetic French painter, sculptor and ceramist, an ardent experimentalist with form whose work has attracted renewed interest by connoisseurs in th...
Very Rare and Tall 1953 Vase by Antonia Campi
Antonia Campi
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Ceramics
Ceramic
In Italy there is an expression, "senso dello spettacolo" -- sense of spectacle; showmanship. This is a quality Antonia Campi (born 1921) has never lacked, in her very long career as...
Enamel Bowl by Paolo De Poli
Paolo De Poli
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Decorative Bowls
Copper
Dreamy and Italian. Wonderful colors. Signed [P. DE POLI MADE IN ITALY].

Headboard by Frank Lloyd Wright

By Frank Lloyd Wright
Headboard by Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright
Vintage 1950s American Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Leather, Mahogany
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Henredon in 1955, this headboard for a king-size bed is made of solid African mahogany, its edges carved with Wright's distinctive Taliesen "Greek ...
"Pan" Sculpture by Michel Anasse
Michel Anasse
Vintage 1960s French Modern Figurative Sculptures
Iron
This beautiful representation of a flute-playing "Pan" was created in the mid-1960s by the idiosyncratic French artist Michel Anasse, whose work as a sculptor and ceramist is lately ...
Grisaile d'Oro Enamel Bowl by Studio Del Campo
Studio Del Campo
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware
Copper
Located in Turin, Italy, Studio Del Campo comprised two married couples who crafted exquisite luxury objects by hand -- sometimes designed by their friend, the legendary Gio Ponti (w...
Set of Six Spreaders by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Tableware
Stainless Steel
These stainless steel spreaders were designed by Gio Ponti in 1954 as part of his "Domus" flatware service. Distinguished by its sculptural beauty and high quality of manufacture, Po...
Salt and Pepper Shakers by Carl Auböck
Carl Auböck
Vintage 1950s Austrian Modern More Dining and Entertaining
Horn, Walnut
Two shakers, carved from horn, rest in a special turned walnut holder. A very playful way to supply condiments to your guests. The shakers which are shaped like inverted drops, an...
Pair of Frank Lloyd Wright Low Tables
Frank Lloyd Wright
Vintage 1950s American Modern End Tables
Mahogany
A pair of striking, architectural tables/stools designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Henredon in 1955. The edges of the triangular tops are carved with Wright's famous Taliesen "Greek ...
Blue Stamp by Yves Klein
Yves Klein
Vintage 1950s French Modern Contemporary Art
Paper
Effectively an Yves Klein painting in miniature, this stamp is from a series Klein made in 1957 by painting blocks of blank stamps with what was to become his famous signature, the p...
Wall-Plaque by Georges Jouve
Georges Jouve
Vintage 1950s French Modern Decorative Art
Ceramic
Made to be displayed as a wall-hung plaque, this large Georges Jouve piece would serve admirably as a charger or even a serving dish. Decorated in a marvelously spontaneous hand, wit...
Table Lamp by Guido Gambone
Guido Gambone
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Earthenware, Linen
A graphically stunning ceramic table lamp by postwar Italy's greatest ceramist, Guido Gambone. The enigmatic design of intricately but spontaneously decorated squares and rectangles ...

Sofa by Hans Wegner

By Hans J. Wegner
Sofa by Hans Wegner
Hans J. Wegner
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Sofas
Wool, Oak
This substantial Hans Wegner sofa brings together all of the virtues of Danish design in its reconciliation of sleekness with restraint, and of jet-set modernity with the tradition o...
"Impertinent Rooster" Massive Ceramic Sculpture...
Salvatore Fiume
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Figurative Sculptures
Earthenware
Salvatore Fiume (1915-1997) was a fascinating and relentlessly inventive Italian artist and writer, a larger-than-life figure who worked in a surrealist idiom, creating fantastic pai...
"Soleil" Vide-Poche by Georges Jouve
Georges Jouve
Vintage 1950s French Modern Ceramics
Earthenware
A handsome Georges Jouve tray, glazed in the great ceramist's beloved gunmetal black, with a typically Jouvian representation of a radiant, pouty-faced sun. Made in the early 1950s. ...
Six Studio Vases by Stig Lindberg
Stig Lindberg
Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases
Stoneware
Prof. Stig Lindberg (1916-1982) was a man of very many talents, and his restless creativity yielded an amazing variety of objects. Their wide range of form, surface detail, and glaze...
Stoneware Studio Vase by Annikki Hovisaari
Annikki Hovisaari
Vintage 1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics
Stoneware
Made in the 1960s by Annikki Hovisaari in Finland's famous Arabia company art department, this beautiful vase/bowl can be used for the tea ceremony as easily as for holding watercolo...
"New York" Sofa by Katavolos, Littell and Kelle...
Katavolos, Littel, & Kelly, Laverne International
Vintage 1950s American Modern Sofas
Leather, Steel
The chic "New York" sofa was designed in 1952 by William Katavolos, Ross Littell and Douglas Kelley for the adventurous New York manufacturer of luxury furniture, Laverne Internation...
Pair of Jugendstil Armchairs by Richard Riemers...
Richard Riemerschmid
Antique Early 1900s German Jugendstil Armchairs
Beech
The German architect Richard Riemerschmid was a leading exponent of the Munich Secession and designed a fascinating variety of objects: furniture, ceramics, textiles, glassware, etc....
Marble Portrait Bust of George Boole, F.R.S. by...
Thomas Earle
Antique Mid-19th Century English Neoclassical Busts
Marble
Thomas Earle (1810-1876) was a distinguished 19th century English sculptor who regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy and was honoured by that institution with a gold medal for his...
Coffee Table with Inlaid Decoration by Tapio Wi...
Tapio Wirkkala
Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Birch, Rubber, Steel
Tapio Wirkkala (Finnish, 1915-1985) was the consummate form-giver of the middle of the 20th century. He tried his craggy artisan's hand at every possible type of design project, with...

Vase by Guido Gambone

By Guido Gambone
Vase by Guido Gambone
Guido Gambone
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Vases
Earthenware
A beautiful 1950s faience vase by post-war Italy's most celebrated ceramist, decorated with a colorful, Mondrianesque pattern. Signed with Gambone's famous "Donkey" mark. In perfect ...
Ceramic Tray by Georges Jouve
Georges Jouve
Vintage 1950s French Modern Decorative Art
Ceramic
In its spontaneity and composition, this Jouve ceramic's decoration is reminiscent of both Zen painting and Japanese Oribe pottery. It can be displayed on a table surface, or hung on...
Ceramic Sculpture by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Vintage 1950s French Modern Figurative Sculptures
Ceramic
Extremely affecting, with the charm of great Folk Art, this "Mother and Child" is a rare piece. Roger Capron, obviously working in his favorite vernacular idiom, modeled th...
Ceramic Box by Guido Gambone
Guido Gambone
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes
Earthenware
This boldly glazed, covered ceramic box was made by Italy's foremost post-war ceramist -- Guido Gambone -- in his Florence, Italy atelier in the 1950s. It can be used to house jewelr...

Vase by Antonia Campi

By Antonia Campi
Vase by Antonia Campi
Antonia Campi
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Vases
Ceramic
In Italy there is an expression, "senso dello spettacolo" -- sense of spectacle; showmanship. This is a quality Antonia Campi (born 1921) has never lacked, in her very long career as...
"Colonial" Settee by Ole Wanscher
Ole Wanscher
Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Settees
Cane, Mahogany, Leather
Designed in 1949, Ole Wanscher's casually chic "Colonial" settee was the designer's homage to 18th century English furniture; its spare and elegantly drawn frame fully expo...
"Ocean Pier" 1961 Oil Painting by Charles Griff...
Charles Griffin Farr
Vintage 1960s American Modern Paintings
Oil
San Francisco artist Charles Griffin Farr (American, 1908-1997) studied, during the 1920s, in New York (at the Art Student's League) and Paris. Always a representational painter, Far...
Important "Farsta" Vase by Wilhelm Kåge
Wilhelm Kåge
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases
Stoneware
A massive, thick-walled vase made in 1958, by the great Wilhelm Kåge with elaborately carved, asymmetrical decoration. This superb piece was, when finished, so satisfying to its make...
Rare Enamel Tray by Guido Gambone
Guido Gambone
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern More Furniture and Collectibles
Copper
For Guido Gambone, the making of enamels was a natural foray, given the medium's obvious commonalities with ceramics. Still, he executed very few works in enamel; perhaps he was frus...
"Lawo" Lounge Chair by Han Pieck
Han Pieck
Vintage 1940s Dutch Modern Lounge Chairs
Plywood
The Lawo chair, so named because it was made of LA-minated WO-od, was brilliantly constructed from a single sheet of birch plywood, which is cut and then bent in different planes to ...
"Stag" Stirrup Cup by Gucci
Gucci
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Vases
Metal
It's 1972, and you are mounted atop your 17hh thoroughbred about to ride to hounds on a fox hunt on the North Shore of Long Island. A toast is made before the action begins, so you r...
Pair of Farsta Vases by Wilhelm Kåge
Wilhelm Kåge
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases
Stoneware
Wilhelm Kåge, originally a student of Matisse, became the grand old man of Swedish ceramics, and creator of the 20th century's greatest series of studio ceramics: the famous Farsta c...
Cast Iron Cooking Pot by Timo Sarpaneva
Timo Sarpaneva
Vintage 1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern More Dining and Entertaining
Iron, Teak
Sarpaneva's famous cast iron cooking pot, made by Rosenlew & Co. in Finland, won a silver medal at the 1961 Milan Triennale for its designer, the first of many international honors a...
"Woman with Vase" Ceramic Sculpture by Salvator...
Salvatore Fiume
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Figurative Sculptures
Earthenware
Salvatore Fiume (1915-1997) was a fascinating and relentlessly inventive Italian artist and writer, a larger-than-life figure who worked in a surrealist idiom, creating fantastic pai...
"Porcelaine Noire" Teapot by Tapio Wirkkala
Tapio Wirkkala, Rosenthal GmbH
Vintage 1960s German Scandinavian Modern Porcelain
Porcelain
Produced in Germany by Rosenthal from 1963 until 1975 in matte black porcelain (with high gloss to the top of the lid), with a handle of teak and silver-plated brass, this exquisite ...
Pair of "Gabriella" Chairs by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Side Chairs
The typology of folding chairs was at one point an object of much interest in Italy. Deriving from 19th century Campaign furniture, but expressing the revolutionary values of tempora...
Tea Kettle by Dr. Christopher Dresser
Christopher Dresser
Antique Late 19th Century British Aesthetic Movement Tea Sets
Ebony, Brass, Copper
Unusually geometric in form, this extraordinarily inventive copper and brass kettle looks like a Bauhaus thesis project from 1930 but was actually created in England in 1878 by the w...
Vase by Axel Salto, 1939
Axel Salto
Vintage 1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases
Stoneware
An exquisite little Axel Salto vase in the artist's famous budding style, with variegated Sung glaze. Made in 1939. Fully marked with artist's inscribed signature and the Royal Copen...
Molded Plywood Trays by Tapio Wirkkala
Tapio Wirkkala
Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Serving Pieces
Plywood
Two "Fincraft" molded plywood trays (one large, and one medium-sized), designed in the 1950s by Tapio Wirkkala for Soinne et Kni, Helsinki. Soinne was the same company which produced...
Lamp/Sculpture by Juliette Derel
Juliette Derel
Vintage 1960s French Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Earthenware, Resin
Almost any room can benefit from a dash of south-of-France 1960s chic. This unusual and highly groovy Juliette Derel ceramic lamp contains six colored-resin windows - oval blocks enc...

Vase by Guido Gambone

By Guido Gambone
Vase by Guido Gambone
Guido Gambone
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Vases
Earthenware
A tall vase by the greatest Italian ceramist of the post-war period. A stylized leaf decorates one half of the surface of the vessel, the other side being a variegated color field in...
Stool/Occasional Table by Thonet
Thonet
Early 20th Century Austrian Aesthetic Movement Stools
Beech
From Gebruder Thonet, the pioneering company to whom the rest of the modernist furniture movement was indebted. With a frame made up entirely of six circular wooden hoops fastened to...

Vase by Axel Salto

By Axel Salto
Vase by Axel Salto
Axel Salto
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases
Stoneware
This gorgeous vase by Axel Salto has the most organic glaze I have ever seen on any ceramic object. It is as if the surface is saturated with chlorophyl. Resembling a large, imaginar...
1939 Japanese Art Deco Okimono Figure of a Bull...
Vintage 1930s Japanese Art Deco Animal Sculptures
Iron
This enameled iron sculpture of a bull by Hiramatsu Koshun has a substantial feel, and a lovely patina which contrasts nicely with the futuristic contours of the figure. A fine examp...
1956 "Farsta" Vase by Wilhelm Kåge
Wilhelm Kåge
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases
Stoneware
By Wilhelm Kåge, student of Matisse, grand old man of Swedish ceramics, and creator of the 20th century's greatest series of studio ceramics: his famous Farsta collection of the 1940...
Dining Table by Grete Jalk
Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Tables
Laminate, Rosewood
An impressive-looking dining table designed in 1960 by the great female Danish designer Grete Jalk, and made in Denmark by Poul Jeppesen. The frame and legs are made of solid Brazil ...
Still looking?
Get weekly alerts when there are new arrivals for Sam Kaufman Gallery