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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. .
"Angel in Flight" by Evelyn Ackerman
"Angel in Flight" by Evelyn Ackerman
Evelyn Ackerman
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Prints
Paper
This extremely rare silkscreen print by Evelyn Ackerman dates from 1965 and is dated and signed by the beloved artist. Evelyn Ackerman and her husband Jerry were important exponents ...
Unique Handmade Plaque by Roger Capron
Unique Handmade Plaque by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Vintage 1960s French Modern Decorative Art
Earthenware
The figure of the bird was created with deep grooves incised in the surface of the clay. The number "27" which is marked on the back suggests that this piece may have been a prototyp...
Studio Vase by Nils Thorsson
Studio Vase by Nils Thorsson
Nils Thorsson
Vintage 1930s Danish Vases
Porcelain
Nils Thorsson (1898-1975) began working at Royal Copenhagen in 1912, and gradually became one of Denmark's most influential ceramists. Best known for low-fired production wares decor...
"Oiseau" Ceramic Sculpture by Jules Agard
"Oiseau" Ceramic Sculpture by Jules Agard
Jules Agard
Vintage 1950s French Modern Animal Sculptures
Earthenware
Jules Agard (French, 1905 - 1986) was a ceramist and sculptor who collaborated closely with his friend, Pablo Picasso. During the great artist's period of experimentation with cerami...
"Nu de Dos" Drawing by André Derain, Late 1940s
"Nu de Dos" Drawing by André Derain, Late 1940s
André Derain
Vintage 1940s French Drawings
Paper
A drawing in sanguine (red chalk) on wove paper, by André Derain, the co-founder, with Henri Matisse, of fauvism. Ink-stamped with the artist's studio mark: [Atelier André Derain]. N...
"Fillette au Cerceau" Painting by Henri Laville
"Fillette au Cerceau" Painting by Henri Laville
Henri Laville
Vintage 1950s French Modern Paintings
"Fillette au Cerceau" (Girl with a Hoop) was painted by Henri Laville (French, b. 1916 ) in a carefree, sketch-like style that perfectly matches the subject. A charming and represent...
"Fantasia Italiana" Plate by Gio Ponti
"Fantasia Italiana" Plate by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Decorative Art
Porcelain
A plate designed by Gio Ponti as part of the "Fantasia Italiana" series, produced in the late 1960s by Ceramiche Franco Pozzi. This plate is in immaculate condition, never having bee...
Italian Surrealist Wall Plaque
Italian Surrealist Wall Plaque
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Ceramics
Earthenware
A ceramic slab bearing a surrealist painting of a Renaissance drummer-boy with wings and feathers.
Very Rare John Altoon Poster Photographed by William Claxton
Very Rare John Altoon Poster Photographed by Wi...
William Claxton
Vintage 1960s American Modern Posters
Paper
John Altoon (American, 1925-1969) was a Los Angeles artist and founding member of the Los Angeles "Ferus Group" / "Cool School." This very rare exhibition poster from 1964 features a...
"Pinocchio" Desk or Wall Lamp by H.Th.J.A. Busquet

"Pinocchio" Desk or Wall Lamp by H.Th.J.A. Busquet

By Herman Theodoor Jan Anthoin Busquet
"Pinocchio" Desk or Wall Lamp by H.Th.J.A. Busquet
Herman Theodoor Jan Anthoin Busquet
Vintage 1950s Dutch Table Lamps
Nickel, Steel
Designed in 1956 by Busquet, and made by Hala Zeist in the Netherlands, the "Pinocchio" is a versatile little lamp with an unostentatious but chic appearance. The black-enameled legs...
Drawing by Guido Gambone

Drawing by Guido Gambone

By Guido Gambone
Drawing by Guido Gambone
Guido Gambone
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Drawings
Paper
Several books document Guido Gambone's widely varied paintings and works on paper. The idiosyncratic surface decoration of his ceramics are at least as responsible for their fame as ...
Large Serving Spoon in Exquisitely Carved Mahogany
Large Serving Spoon in Exquisitely Carved Mahog...
Mid-20th Century American Modern Decorative Bowls
Mahogany
I think it was intended as an elaborate bowl, but in form it's a big spoon, or perhaps a ladle. A compelling but anonymous object that my friends have all fallen in love with. As gre...

Plate by Roger Capron

By Roger Capron
Plate by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Vintage 1950s French Modern Decorative Art
Earthenware
Roger Capron's colorful, stylized horse resides in a solid hardwood frame custom-made for this piece. The plate itself measures 9.5 inches in diameter. As framed, the piece is 14 inc...
Wall-Hanging by Marcello Fantoni
Marcello Fantoni
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Decorative Art
Faience
Painted in a most idiosyncratic hand, this wall-hung plate by Marcello Fantoni features a walking figure (a traveler?) with odd proportions and an inexplicably bizarre face. It is so...
Drawing by Jean Derval
Jean Derval
Vintage 1960s French Modern Drawings
Ink
A design for a fountain by one of my very favorite artists, Jean Derval (French, 1925 - 2010). The style of this fountain is representative of Derval's neo-medieval idiom, doubtless ...
Silver Plated Cake Knife by Lino Sabattini
Lino Sabattini, Christofle
Vintage 1970s French Modern Sheffield and Silverplate
Silver Plate
A fantastic design, so very Italian (okay, it was made in France) with an unmistakable Gio Ponti vibe to it (Ponti and Sabattini were friends and collaborators). In great condition, ...
Very Early "DCW" Chair by Charles Eames
Charles and Ray Eames
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Plywood, Rubber, Steel
The "Molded Plywood" collection of chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames and their collaborators in the middle of the 1940s, and introduced after the end of WWII, has the distinct...
Very Large Bottle-Form Vase by Stig Lindberg
Stig Lindberg
Vintage 1960s Swedish Vases
Stoneware
This stoneware studio vase, made in 1967, is a classic Stig Lindberg bottle-form partially covered with impressed decoration and glazed in a beautiful, highly variegated tenmoku. Mas...
Cylinder Vase by Alan Wallwork
Alan Wallwork
Vintage 1960s British Modern Vases
Stoneware
This cylindrical vase was coil built, its lower third unglazed and decorated with bands of impressed decoration resembling runic characters. This is a representative example of Briti...
"Three Gongs" -- A Monotype by Harry Bertoia
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Modern Paintings
Harry Bertoia was partial to the monotype. Effectively an ink painting transferred directly to paper, the monotype is classified as a print because it is created by making an impress...

Bowl by Antonio Prieto

By Antonio Prieto
Bowl by Antonio Prieto
Antonio Prieto
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls
Stoneware
California studio potter and influential teacher Antonio Prieto threw this stoneware bowl with a two-stage profile, and then decorated the interior with lozenge forms, comprising a r...

Drawing by Ervin Neuhaus

By Ervin Neuhaus
Drawing by Ervin Neuhaus
Ervin Neuhaus
Vintage 1970s French Modern Drawings
Paper
Ervin Neuhaus, an exponent of the Abstraction Organique movement, created this work by placing his pen on the paper, and without lifting it off, drawing - from left to right - a con...
Wall-Plaques by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Vintage 1950s French Modern Decorative Art
Earthenware
A pair of handpainted ceramic wall-plaques by Roger Capron: a man and lady riding in a horse-drawn buggy, and bird standing amidst decorated eggs. The couple with the horse measures ...
Collection of Modernist Gouaches
Vintage 1950s American Paintings
These paintings are all character studies (unsigned), by a Los Angeles artist, with the theme being that of "Palace Guard". Whether these were created to help plan a character for so...
Provençal Art Deco Vase
Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Vases
Earthenware
From Dieulefit, in Haute Provence, this nearly ten-inch vase has good proportions and a vibrant glaze.
Unusual Gothic "Farsta" Vase by Wilhelm Kåge
Wilhelm Kåge
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases
Stoneware
A very rare Farsta, a triple vase of an unusual form that I have seen only one other example of a very similar vase in the Wilhelm Kåge collection at the Swedish National Museum, in...
Drawing by Jean Derval
Jean Derval
Late 20th Century French Modern Drawings
Ink, Paper
A stylized still-life by one of my very favourite artists, Jean Derval (French, 1925 -2010). Figurative design always lived side-by-side with abstraction in Derval's fertile imaginat...
"Taurus" by J. W. Kaufman
J. W. Kaufman
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Sculptures
Resin
A vigorously modeled figure of a bull (somewhat reminiscent of Picasso's sculpture in the late 1940s and 1950s) by my late father -- who in addition to being an animalier, was a surg...
Oil Painting by Karl Nolde ("Kanol")
Karl Nolde (Kanol)
Vintage 1950s American Paintings
Karl Nolde, born in Leipzig in 1902, was a German Expressionist painter who Nazi Germany in the 1930s, after spending three years as a political prisoner. He then lived in many diffe...
Lamp Base / Vase by Jean and Jacqueline Lerat
Jean and Jacqueline Lerat
Vintage 1950s French Table Lamps
A rare piece by La Borne ceramists Jean and Jacqueline Lerat: vigorously potted, partially glazed, and finished in a wood-fired kiln at their atelier in Bourges, France. This rather ...

Tray by Guido Gambone

By Guido Gambone
Tray by Guido Gambone
Guido Gambone
Vintage 1950s Italian Serving Pieces
Earthenware
A hand-painted faience piece by Guido Gambone which samples several of his favored colors. Could be used as a tray, or as a wall-plaque. Framing for the latter application is availab...
Zinc-Plated Table Lamps by Ron Rezek
Ron Rezek
Late 20th Century American Modern Table Lamps
Steel, Brass
We have three of these wonderful lamps available. A very sophisticated design, that appeared prominently in HEAT, the great 1990's Al Pacino / Robert De Niro film. Designed by Southe...
Horse Figure by Lisa Larson
Lisa Larson
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Animal Sculptures
Made of partially glazed stoneware, this affecting little horse is beautifully modeled and detailed. The blue/black glaze sparingly highlights the contours of the horse's form in an ...
1960s California Studio Pottery
Unknown
Vintage 1960s American Modern Vases
Stoneware
An anonymous but very cool and substantial studio vase, with a stacked form and vigorous glaze technique that reveals its maker to be an accolyte of the Old Masters of California Mod...

Bowl by Bruno Munari

By Bruno Munari
Bowl by Bruno Munari
Bruno Munari
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Decorative Bowls
Italian design polymath Bruno Munari (1907 - 1998) designed this bowl for Danese Milano in 1960, and it was produced throughout the 1960s in two sizes (this example is the larger one...
Brass Pendant Lamp by Stilnovo
Stilnovo
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
An unostentatious 1970s lamp of classic form and lovely color, and in great condition.
Lounge Chairs by Gianni Moscatelli
Gianni Moscatelli
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Steel
These very low-slung lounge chairs have a spare style that is somewhat Kjaerholmian in pictures, but in person they are really quite distinctive and unusual. Made by Formanova around...
Ceramics by Miguel Durán-Loriga and Jean Rivier
Jean Rivier, Miguel Durán-Loriga
Vintage 1950s Spanish Modern Pitchers
Earthenware
Two distinctive European vessels from the postwar Golden Age of studio pottery. The Woman's Head chalice, by Spanish architect Miguel Durán-Loriga y Rodrigáñez is $1100 (the pitcher,...
Pioneers of Modernity
Antique 19th Century English Victorian Books
The most important biological book ever written, and the most important children's book ever written, both of immeasurable importance to the development of the Modernist imagination....
Lamp-Base and Dish by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Vintage 1950s French Table Lamps
Earthenware
A matched set comprising a table lamp (base), and a nut dish in the form of a sitting woman, both decorated in Capron's wonderful whimsical/medieval/naïve style. The lamp-base, origi...
"Tulip" Coffee Table by Eero Saarinen
Eero Saarinen
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Aluminum, Laminate, Wood
Eero Saarinen's coffee table requires no description. I will say that they look fantastic when every other piece of furniture in the room is from the 18th century. This early example...
Boxed Drinks Set by Tapio Wirkkala
Tapio Wirkkala
Vintage 1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Glass
Glass, Wood, Cork, Steel
A lovely decanter, carefully boxed with a pair of small glasses, made by Iitala from 1966 until 1973. The high quality of the fitted box makes this set a fine gift. In as-new conditi...
Large Ceramic Mural by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Vintage 1960s French Decorative Art
A very charming, stylized depiction of a village in Provence. Characteristically, Capron hints at both medieval art and post-war modern graphics, along with a healthy dose of folk. G...
Ceramic Wall-Plaque by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Vintage 1960s French Decorative Art
A child with a kite, depicted in a style derived from old European woodcuts by French ceramist Roger Capron.
Figure of a Woman by Linea Sette
Linea Sette
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Sculptures
A rather strange figure of a dramatically-dressed woman. Made by Linea Sette, an Italian workshop that specialized in finely cast ceramic sculptures and luxurious objects.
Wall-Plaque / Platter by Gustave Reynaud - Le M...
Gustave Reynaud-Le Murier
Vintage 1950s French Modern Decorative Art
Earthenware
"Le Mûrier" was the pottery founded in 1955 in Vallauris, France by Gustave Reynaud, the brother-in-law of the legendary Jean Derval. Reynaud worked, often in close collaboration wit...
Liqueur Set by Jacques Blin
Jacques Blin
Vintage 1950s French Barware
Earthenware
Jacques Blin (1920-1995) was a fascinating ceramist whose free-form vessels, decorated with scratchy sgrafitto figures of animals and people, represent the French School of cultivate...
"Servomuto" Table by Achille Castiglioni
Achille Castiglioni
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Serving Tables
Laminate, Steel
This 1974 service table by Italian design legend Achille Castiglioni has a central black-enameled stem that serves as a useful carrying handle. Made by the equally legendary Italian ...
Faïence Sculpture by Jacques Adnet
Early 20th Century French Sculptures
A superb Art Deco turtledove by Jacques Adnet in ivory-colored céramique craquelée, originally presented at the landmark Paris show which gave Art Deco its name, the 1925 Exposition ...
17th Century Ranseur
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Swedish Decorative Boxes
Steel, Wood
The ranseur was a medieval European weapon which, though gradually made obsolete by the advent of firearms, persisted in regular use through the 17th century. Later ranseurs, such as...
Ming Dynasty Celadon
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Chinese Decorative Bowls
A lovely celadon bowl, an excellent example of the sort of porcelain regularly used by well-to-do Chinese 600 years ago. Exterior decorated with carved, overlapping lotus petals.
Cognac Set by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Vintage 1950s French Barware
Earthenware
A "formes libres" decanter and a pair of cups by Roger Capron. The decanter is decorated with a wild design that identifies its contents as cognac, a liqueur which should be enjoyed ...
Pair of Early Cantilever Chairs
Angelo Luigi Colombo
Vintage 1930s Italian Side Chairs
Wood
From around 1930, Angelo Luigi Colombo's factory in Milan, Italy produced a version of the famous Mart Stam cantilever chair under license from Thonet. The Colombo company has a fasc...
Vase by Marcello Fantoni
Marcello Fantoni
Vintage 1940s Italian Vases
Earthenware
This early Fantoni vase, which dates from the late 1940s, is decorated with images of flute-playing satyrs. <br /> <br /> An all but identical piece was exhibited at the important ...
Mwana Hiti Fertility Dolls
Zaramo People
Vintage 1950s Tanzanian Tribal More Folk Art
Wood
These fertility dolls from East Africa are marvellously stylized abstract sculptures, with a highly sophisticated form and expertly carved details. The culture which produced them, t...
Wooden Sculpture
D.A.N.
Vintage 1950s American Modern Sculptures
Poplar, Wood
This carved wooden sculpture suggests the naughty bits of a woman's body, but maybe that's just my take on it. It could be a representation of a rare species of carnivorous plant, or...
"Farsta" Bowl by Wilhelm Kåge
Wilhelm Kåge
Vintage 1950s Swedish Decorative Bowls
Stoneware
A thick-walled (the "Farsta" pieces were heavily potted), shallow bowl -- with gorgeous colors and glaze effects -- by Wilhelm Kåge. This studio piece was made in 1959, a year befor...
Ice Bucket by Dr. Christopher Dresser
Christopher Dresser
Antique 19th Century English Barware
Ceramic, Sterling Silver
A lustrous ceramic vessel with sterling silver hardware, this ice bucket was designed by important proto-modernist Christopher Dresser.
Anonymous Kinetic Sculpture
Unknown
Vintage 1950s American Sculptures
Walnut
A fascinating sculpture, with a central panel that oscillates on its pivots, rather like a metronome. The panel is made up of a wood-framed, non-functional circuit board.
Tall, Dark and Handsome Italian Vase
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases
Stoneware
This attenuated bottle-form vase is stoneware, less commonly seen in Italy where earthenware was generally favored for its accomodation of brightly-colored and carefully controlled g...