Sam Kaufman Gallery

Los Angeles, CA

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 m...Read More

Sam Kaufman Gallery

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George Nakashima
Vintage 1970-1979 United States Modern Rocking Chairs
Hickory, Walnut
As with all of "Japanese Shaker" Nakashima's work, the craftsmanship carries on a brisk dialog with the design: through-tenons secured by wedges of different-colored wood, ...
Axel Salto
Vintage 1950-1959 Denmark 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...
Piero Fornasetti
Vintage 1950-1959 Italy Mid-Century Modern Umbrella Stands
Steel
A trompe l'oeil group of classical vases decorates the outer surface of a chic and practical umbrella stand. Designed by Fornasetti in the early 1950s, this example was made more rec...
Vintage 1950-1959 Denmark 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"...
Vintage 1960-1969 Denmark 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 ...
Antonio Prieto
Vintage 1960-1969 United States 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...
Roger Capron
Vintage 1970-1979 France Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
This exquisite table attracts the eye as much for its Perriandesque form and construction as it does for the beautifully realized artwork which triumphantly decorates the top. This w...
Stig Lindberg
Mid-20th Century Sweden 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...
Verner Panton, Rosenthal Studio Line
Vintage 1960-1969 Germany 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...
Michel Anasse
Vintage 1960-1969 France 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 ...
Walter Gropius
Vintage 1920-1929 Germany Bauhaus Doors and Gates
Brass, Oak
An early vintage set of the famous modernist door handles designed in 1923 by Bauhaus master Walter Gropius, and made in Berlin of nickel-plated brass by S.A. Loevy. This museum-qual...
Wilhelm Kåge
Vintage 1950-1959 Sweden 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...

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