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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Georges Jouve
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950-1959 France 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. ...
Tapio Wirkkala
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950-1959 Finland Scandinavian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Birch, Rubber, Steel
Tapio Wirkkala (Finnish, 1915-1985) was the consummate form-giver of the middle of the 20th century. He tried his craggy artisan's hand at every possible type of design project, with...
Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950-1959 France Modern Wardrobes and Armoires
Wood, Metal, Oak, Plastic
Le Corbusier's Maison du Brésil was built between 1956-1959 to house Brazilian intellectuals studying in Paris. The rooms were fitted with custom-made furniture designed in 1958 by ...
Roger Capron
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950-1959 France 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...
Ben Thompson of Design Research, Walter Gropius
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950-1959 United States Modern Armchairs
Nutwood
The legendary Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius designed the rarely seen "W199" armchair in 1951 with Benjamin Thompson, a fellow professor at Harvard. Gropius' teaching car...
Ugo Lucerni
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950-1959 Italy 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...
Hans J. Wegner
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950-1959 Denmark Scandinavian Modern Sofas
Wool, Oak
This substantial Hans Wegner sofa brings together all of the virtues of Danish design in its reconciliation of sleekness with restraint, and of jet-set modernity with the tradition o...
Roger Capron, Jean Derval
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1970-1979 France Modern Side Tables
Earthenware, Steel
Made during the early 1970s, when the two great Vallauris ceramics returned to collaboration. The table's ceramic top comprises five panels, with impressed decoration. The central pa...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950-1959 United States Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Steel, Laminate, PVC
A modular two-place sofa, with an integrated coffee table, from George Nelson's "Steel Frame" collection, made by Herman Miller. The three modules can be reconfigured to su...
Axel Salto
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1940-1949 Denmark 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".
Richard Riemerschmid
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Antique 1900-1909 Germany Jugendstil Armchairs
Beech
The German architect Richard Riemerschmid was a leading exponent of the Munich Secession and designed a fascinating variety of objects: furniture, ceramics, textiles, glassware, etc....
Guido Gambone
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950-1959 Italy 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...

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