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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...
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...
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 ...
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...
Wine Decanter by Dr. Christopher Dresser
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...
Very Rare and Tall 1953 Vase by Antonia Campi
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...
Grisaile d'Oro Enamel Bowl by Studio Del Campo
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
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
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...
Table Lamp by Guido Gambone
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 ...
"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...
"Soleil" Vide-Poche by Georges Jouve
"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...

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...
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...
"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...
"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 ...
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...

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...
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...
Centerpiece or Wall-Plaque by Antonio Prieto
Antonio Prieto
Vintage 1960s American Modern Contemporary Art
Stoneware
California studio potter and influential teacher Antonio Prieto was a master of experimentation, while also always remaining faithful to the obligation to history that ceramics-makin...
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 ...
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...

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].
Large Wall-Plaque / Charger by Marcello Fantoni
Marcello Fantoni
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art
Earthenware
Depicting the chance encounter of two quasi-cubist knights on horseback, this large wall-plaque by the famous Florentine ceramist can also serve as a charger or centerpiece.
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...
"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...
Faience Decanter by Stig Lindberg
Stig Lindberg
Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Barware
Faience
While the form of this decanter will be familiar to collectors of Stig Lindberg's influential line of late 1940s faiences, the painted glaze decoration on this particular piece, by S...
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.
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...
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
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...
"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
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Ceramics
Earthenware
A ceramic slab bearing a surrealist painting of a Renaissance drummer-boy with wings and feathers.
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...
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 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...
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 ...
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...

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...
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...
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,...
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