Sam Kaufman Gallery Wall Decorations

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. .
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...
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...
"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...
Aubusson Tapestry by André Borderie
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...
Blue Stamp by Yves Klein
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
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...
Ceramic Tray by Georges Jouve
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...
"Ocean Pier" 1961 Oil Painting by Charles Griffin Farr
"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...
"Le Village" Ceramic Mural by Roger Capron
"Le Village" Ceramic Mural by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art
Earthenware
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...
Drawing by Wilhelm Kage

Drawing by Wilhelm Kage

By Wilhelm Kåge
Drawing by Wilhelm Kage
Wilhelm Kåge
Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Drawings
Paper
This study of nudes, an original drawing in pen and ink and wash, was completed by Kage in 1945. Though best known as one of Sweden's greatest ceramists, Wilhelm Kage (1889-1960) beg...
Centerpiece or Wall-Plaque by Antonio Prieto
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...

Enamel by Studio Del Campo

By Studio Del Campo
Enamel by Studio Del Campo
Studio Del Campo
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art
This beautiful platter / wall-plaque -- depicting two figures carrying foodstuffs to market, accompanied by a ravenous wolf-like creature -- was made in the early 1960s at the Del Ca...
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...
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...
Original "Cutaway" Drawing of the Lotus 20 Raci...
Brian Hatton
Vintage 1960s English Sporting Art Drawings
Other
Brian Hatton's painstaking "cutaway" drawings won him acclaim as one of Britain's great technical artists. This meticulously detailed pen and ink drawing (on illustration board) of t...
Acid-Etched and Oxidized Brass Panel by Bernhar...
Bernhard Rohne
Vintage 1970s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Paintings
Brass
Bernhard Rohne, a German-born artist active in Canada since the 1960s, evolved a singular calligraphic style which depended heavily on his unusual technique: Rohne painted with acid ...
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.
Photograph by Dimitri Kessel
Dmitri Kessel
Vintage 1940s American Modern Photography
Silver Gelatin
Dimitri Kessel (American, 1902-1995) shot this dramatic photograph on the banks of the Yangtze river as part of a photo essay for Life Magazine in 1946. It is a gelatin silver print,...
Portrait of Picasso in His Studio by Richard Ham
Richard Hambleton
Vintage 1940s American Photography
Silver Gelatin
In December 1944, Richard Ham was a U.S. Army photographer, who photographed the world's greatest living artist in his studio. So soon after the liberation of Paris, the room was ver...
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...
Photograph by Julius Shulman
Julius Shulman
Vintage 1960s American Modern Photography
The Jonas Salk Institute, in La Jolla, California, was designed in 1960 by Louis Kahn. Julius Shulman's haunting image of this great building is given a considerable sense of narrati...
"Pregnant Picture" by Max Walter Svanberg
Max Walter Svanberg
Vintage 1930s Swedish Drawings
Pencil, Paper
A beautiful drawing by Sweden's leading exponent of surrealism, the painter Max Walter Svanberg (1912 - 1994). Signed by the artist.<br /> <br /> The artwork itself measures 13.5 i...
Uncut Lithographed Sheet of Italian Playing Cards
Alessandro Viassone
Vintage 1950s Italian Archaistic Prints
The typology of Italian playing cards is fascinating, with regional gaming traditions resulting in a wide variety of designs, even today. This old lithographed sheet, printed on heav...
Oil Painting by Harry Waldow
Harry Waldow
Vintage 1950s Paintings
Oil, Canvas
Harry Waldow (1887 - 1969) was born in America to a British father and a Mexican mother, and spent most of his career in Europe. At times Surrealist, at others Symbolist, his work ha...
"Europa Riding the Bull," Two Drawings by Jean ...
Jean Derval
Late 20th Century French Modern Drawings
A pair of drawings with a design for a ceramic mosaic by Jean Derval (French, 1925 - 2010). The second drawing, shown in images 7 through 10, is a more technical drawing created a fe...
Original "Cutaway" Drawing of the Lotus 23 Raci...
Unknown
Vintage 1960s English Modern Drawings
Paper
This beautiful pen and ink &quot;cutaway&quot; drawing of the Lotus 23 sports racing car is the actual, original artwork by Cliff Marks that was published in the venerable British ca...
Original "Cutaway" Drawing of the Lotus 30 Raci...
Brian Hatton
Vintage 1960s English Sporting Art Drawings
Other
Brian Hatton's painstaking cutaway drawings won him acclaim as one of Britain's great technical artists. This meticulously detailed pen and ink drawing (on illustration board) of the...
"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
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...
"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
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
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...
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...

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 ...

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 ...
"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...

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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
Wall-Plaque by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Vintage 1960s French Modern Decorative Art
Earthenware
This ceramic wall-plaque by Roger Capron, with an impressed, stylized image of a fish, is very south-of-France. Made up of five glazed tiles, and framed in oiled European beechwood. ...
Ceramic Wall-Plaque by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Vintage 1960s French Decorative Art
Earthenware, Wood
A quasi-medieval, folkish image of a woman carrying her wares to market. The design is impressed into the clay, as well as glazed. From Roger Capron's atelier in Vallauris, France. S...
Photograph by Éric Valli
Eric Valli
Late 20th Century French Photography
Éric Valli is a fascinating French ethnographic photographer best known for his excellent work in the National Geographic Magazine. Specializing in photoessays on people living and w...
Original Art for 1970s Movie Poster
Daryl Millsap
Vintage 1970s American Posters
"The Marseille Contract" ("The Destructors" in the USA) was a 1974 action movie starring Michael Caine, Anthony Quinn and James Mason. This is the original groovy artwork for the fil...
"Refuge" by John Bowman
John Bowman
Late 20th Century American Paintings
Oil, Canvas
John Bowman, now a Professor of Art at Penn State, has for thirty years participated in a great many solo exhibitions internationally. This 1985 painting was sold originally by his i...
Lithograph by Stig Lindberg
Stig Lindberg
Vintage 1970s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Prints
Paper
A softly surreal 1977 work by Stig Lindberg, numbered 99 from the edition of 280 pieces. Signed "Stig L. - 77" in pencil by the artist. Framed. (The artwork itself measures 12 inches...
"Leda and the Swan" by Wilhelm Kåge
Wilhelm Kåge
Vintage 1950s Swedish Drawings
Though best known as one of Sweden's greatest ceramists, Wilhelm Kåge (1889-1960) began as a painter, studying in Paris under Henri Matisse. When he returned to Stockholm, he became ...
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