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 th...Read More

Sam Kaufman Gallery

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Jean Prouvé
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1940-1949 France Modern Chairs
Oak
Jean Prouvé's "Tout Bois" chair was an all-wood version of his famous steel "Standard Chair." Because the exigencies of world war made supplies of steel unobtain...
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 ...
Antonia Campi
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950-1959 Italy 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...
Jean Prouvé
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1940-1949 France Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Steel, Oak, Plywood
Designed by Jean Prouvé in 1946, and made by his atelier for a few years thereafter, this futuristic-yet-ancient-looking desk for two is in completely original condition, with a gor...
George Ohr
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Antique 19th Century United States Aesthetic Movement Decorative Bowls
Earthenware
From George Ohr (1857-1918), arguably the greatest American ceramist of all time. A gorgeous bowl, with Ohr's characteristic manipulated, thin-walled construction. In its asymmetrica...
George Nakashima
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
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, ...
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Vintage 1950-1959 Japan Modern Ceramics
Stoneware
Shoji Hamada (1894-1978) legendary Japanese ceramist, designated Living National Treasure, and second director of the Mingei Museum of Tokyo was, along with his great friend Bernard ...
Stig Lindberg
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960-1969 Sweden Scandinavian Modern Ceramics
Stoneware
Nothing displays the mastery of a ceramist better than the ability to throw, on a potter's wheel, perfectly formed vessels of ridiculously small dimensions. Made with special wooden ...
Charles and Ray Eames
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960-1969 United States Mid-Century Modern Stools
The sculptural "Time-Life" stool was designed by Charles and Ray Eames (it is mostly Ray's work) for the lobby of the imposing Time-Life office building in New York. Inspir...
Ole Wanscher
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1940-1949 Denmark Scandinavian Modern Settees
Cane, Mahogany, Leather
Designed in 1949, Ole Wanscher's casually chic "Colonial" settee was the designer's homage to 18th century English furniture; its spare and elegantly drawn frame fully expo...
Guido Gambone
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950-1959 Italy 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 ...
Georges Jouve
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950-1959 France Modern Decorative Art
Ceramic
In its spontaneity, this Jouve ceramic is reminiscent of both Zen painting and Japanese Oribe pottery. It can be displayed on a table surface, or hung on the wall. Signed with the ar...

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