Sam Kaufman Gallery Decorative Objects

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. .
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...
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...
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...
Enamel Bowl by Paolo De Poli
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].
"Pan" Sculpture by Michel Anasse
"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 ...
"Impertinent Rooster" Massive Ceramic Sculpture by Salvatore Fiume
"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...
Six Studio Vases by Stig Lindberg
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
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...
Marble Portrait Bust of George Boole, F.R.S. by Thomas Earle
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...
Vase by Guido Gambone

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 Sculpture by Roger Capron
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...
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...
"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...
"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...
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...

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...

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...
15th Century Mahasiddha
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Tibetan Tibetan Sculptures
Ormolu, Silver
An early and very fine gilt bronze representation of Dombi-Heruka, one of 84 Mahasiddhas (great beings) held in reverence by Tibetan Buddhists. Mahasiddhas were believed to have been...
Modernist Rocking Horse from Denmark
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Toys and Dolls
Rope, Pine
A wonderful modernist interpretation of the Classic children's riding toy. The artisan who made it is unknown, but it was originally sold at Den Permanente ("The Permanent"), the leg...
Llama by Barney Reid
Barney Reid
Vintage 1940s American Sculptures
Ceramic, Stoneware
Barney Reid was a highly original and versatile artist/designer and early member of post-war San Diego's important Allied Craftsmen group. Reid's studio produced a fantastic variety ...
"Teddy Roosevelt" Japanese Marionette Head, cir...
Early 20th Century Japanese Meiji Sculptures
Wood, Brass
Originally part of a satirical but oddly expressive marionette puppet representing U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt. An important foreign figure to the Japanese in the first years of t...
Studio Vase by Stig Lindberg
Stig Lindberg
Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases
Stoneware
The centaur was Stig Lindberg's favorite mythological figure, one he returned to in his work repeatedly. The surface of this unique studio vase, which was made in 1961, is decorated ...
Double Column Table Lamp by Georges Pelletier
Georges Pelletier
Vintage 1970s French Candle Holders
Earthenware
Made by French ceramist Georges Pelletier in the early 1970s, the two columns of this wild ceramic sculpture each conceal a candle. The flickering light of the candles escapes from t...
1940 Table Lamp by Axel Salto
Axel Salto
Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps
Stoneware
A gorgeous blanc de chine table lamp modelled in Salto's signature "budding style". Also displays beautifully as a tall vase. Made in 1940. Signed "Salto".
Leather Elephant by Deru
Deru
Vintage 1960s German Modern Animal Sculptures
Brass, Leather
A half-century ago, a German company called Deru made beautifully crafted figures of various animals with an imaginative, origami-like technique of crimping, cutting, folding, sewing...
Tall Sculpture by Jan De Swart
Jan De Swart
Vintage 1960s American Modern Sculptures
Wood
A large biomorphic sculpture in jelutong wood, which for decades guarded the entrance to Allegro, artist Jan De Swart's magical house in the hills of Eagle Rock, California. It was p...
"The Snake Priest" by Charles M. Russell
Charles Marion Russell
Early 20th Century American Sculptures
Bronze, Marble
Charles M. Russell (1864-1926) and Frederic Remington (1861-1909) were the two leading artists to portray the American West. The affluent Remington studied art at Yale and, though he...
Pair of French, 1950s Candlesticks
Vintage 1950s French Modern Candle Holders
Earthenware
We found these unsigned ceramic candlesticks in Normandy. The sublime gunmetal black matte glaze and fantastic stylized "surreal Baroque" form point to Georges Jouve as an inspiratio...
Sculptural Bowl/Wall-Plaque by Stig Lindberg
Stig Lindberg
Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Bowls
Stoneware
A unique, massive (very heavy) stoneware bowl with a marvelous, typically Lindbergian figure -- a ball of a head, lightly bearded and weeping from both eyes. Stig Lindberg's incise...
"Capitello" Chairs by Studio 65
Piero Gilardi
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Lounge Chairs
The "Capitello" became an international cult object in 1972 with the landmark MOMA exhibition, "Italy : The New Domestic Landscape". An early peek at what would come to be called Pos...
Ceramic Sculpture by Ugo Lucerni
Ugo Lucerni
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures
Earthenware
The best piece by this very idiosyncratic artist that I have seen in many years. Ugo Lucerni (Italian, 1900-1989) was something of a 20th century Andrea della Robbia. This girl, with...
Sterling Silver Hair Comb Sculpture by Art Smith
Art Smith
Vintage 1950s American Modern Sculptures
Sterling Silver
This silver hair pin also happens to be a beautiful abstract sculpture which hints at being a female figure. When not in use atop your head, it can be displayed on its bespoke plinth...

Vase by Ulisse Pagliari

By Ulisse Pagliari
Vase by Ulisse Pagliari
Ulisse Pagliari
Vintage 1950s Italian Vases
Earthenware
A wide vase of elliptical section, decorated with a wonderfully stylized townscape that wraps around the vessel. Signed [U. Pagliari / Made in Italy].
"The Forbidden Fruit" Sculpture by Jan De Swart
Jan De Swart
Vintage 1960s American Modern Sculptures
Wood
Sculptor/engineer/teacher/non-conformist Jan De Swart, fascinating exponent of the optimistic Southern California modernist aesthetic, was an artist no less idiosyncratic than the sc...
"Le Coq" Sculpture by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Vintage 1950s French Modern Animal Sculptures
Earthenware
A highly stylized figure of a rooster by the great French ceramist, Roger Capron. Marvelous reduction and development of the familiar forms that make up the body of a rooster. One is...
Maquette for Fountain by Jean Derval
Vintage 1960s French Modern Architectural Models
Ceramic
This small maquette was made by Jean Derval as a study for a fountain. As a young man, Derval was Picasso's assistant in ceramic-making, and was throughout his career a central figur...
Tall Bottle-Form Vase by Stig Lindberg
Stig Lindberg
Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases
Stoneware
This stoneware vase was made by Stig Lindberg in 1960, when he was at the very height of his powers. The tall bottle form is decorated with the incised marks so characteristic of Sti...
Bowl with Chicken
Roger Capron
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls
Earthenware
Exactly like a late 1950s Roger Capron piece, in technique and materials, but signed "Raymor Italy", this beautiful bowl is a bit of a mystery. It is possible that Capron produced (o...
Wall Sculpture by Jan De Swart, Late 1960s
Jan De Swart
Vintage 1960s American Wall-mounted Sculptures
Aluminum
Jan De Swart's technique for making aluminium sculpture was both innovative and perilous. He would carve a form in the negative in two blocks of wood, press them together to create a...
"Water Games" Vase by Edvin Öhrström
Edvin Öhrström
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases
Glass
This is the finest piece of glass I have ever offered. "Vatten Lek" (Water Games), an extraordinary piece by Edvin Öhrström, is decorated with dancing surrealistic figures created ma...
Table Sculpture by Ambrogio Pozzi
Ambrogio Pozzi
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Sculptures
Ceramic
Made up of four ceramic pieces. Re-configurable. Rare. Can also be used as a novel candy or nut dish.
Menagerie by Stig Lindberg
Stig Lindberg
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Animal Sculptures
Stoneware
In the 1950s, Stig Lindberg designed a menagerie of stylized animals to be made in stoneware by Gustavsberg. Some were played with by children as toys, while others were displayed as...
Ceramic Figure by Helena Samohelová
Helena Samohelová
Vintage 1960s Czech Sculptures
Earthenware
Helena Samohelová is a fascinating ceramist from Prague with a strongly individual style. Since the 1960s (when this piece was made) she has enjoyed acclaim at international ceramics...
Oak Vase by Rude Osolnik
Rude Osolnik
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vases
Oak
This solid oak vase was handmade by Rude Osolnik, the Mid-Century master of woodturning. Osolnik's work is held in many important collections, and a piece of his was even presented t...
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
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...
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...
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...

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...
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...
"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...
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