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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 envisions 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, fro ... Learn More
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Ceramic Tray by Georges Jouve
Dimensions: H 6.5 in. W 14 in. D 6.5 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Ceramic Tray by Georges Jouve
Georges Jouve
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s French Modern Decorative Art
In its spontaneity, this Jouve ceramic is reminiscent of both Zen painting ...
Dimensions: H 20 in. W 12 in. D 1 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Walnut
Ceramic Wall-Plaque by Gilbert Portanier and Roger...
Roger Capron, Gilbert Portanier
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art
Walnut
This wall-plaque comprises eight ceramic tiles created by Gilbert Portanier...
Rare Dining Table by Vico Magistretti
Dimensions: H 29.25 in. W 4 ft. 3 in. D 4 ft. 3 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Beech, Steel, Brass, Laminate
Rare Dining Table by Vico Magistretti
Vico Magistretti
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Dining Room Tables
Beech, Steel, Brass, Laminate
This rare table was part of an imaginative collection of furniture (the "Br...
Dimensions: H 17 in. Dm 9 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Stoneware
Large and Rare Double-Gourd Vase by Toshiko Takaez...
Toshiko Takaezu
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1970s American Modern Vases and Vessels
Stoneware
The rare "double-gourd" form is something of a holy grail for lovers of Tos...
Coffee Table with Inlaid Decoration by Tapio Wirkkala
Dimensions: H 18.5 in. W 4 ft. 0.8 in. D 24.5 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Birch, Rubber, Steel
Coffee Table with Inlaid Decoration by Tapio Wirkk...
Tapio Wirkkala
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Birch, Rubber, Steel
Tapio Wirkkala (Finnish, 1915-1985) was the consummate form-giver of the mi...
Dimensions: H 22.5 in. W 11 in. D 6 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Very Rare and Tall 1953 Vase by Antonia Campi
Antonia Campi
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Ceramics
In Italy there is an expression, "senso dello spettacolo" -- sense of spect...
Dimensions: H 30 in. W 30 in. D 21 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Aluminum, Birch, Walnut
Dresser by Eliel Saarinen and Pipsan Saarinen Swan...
Eliel Saarinen, Pipsan Saarinen-Swanson
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1930s American Modern Dressers
Aluminum, Birch, Walnut
The Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen was long-time president of the Cranbro...
Dimensions: H 20 in. W 27 in. D 0.2 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Other
Original "Cutaway" Drawing of the Lotus 20 Racing ...
Brian Hatton
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s English Sporting Art Drawings
Other
Brian Hatton's painstaking "cutaway" drawings won him acclaim as one of Bri...
Table Lamp by Guido Gambone
Dimensions: H 34.75 in. Dm 16 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Earthenware, Linen
Table Lamp by Guido Gambone
Guido Gambone
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Earthenware, Linen
A graphically stunning ceramic table lamp by postwar Italy's greatest ceram...
Dimensions: H 29.2 in. W 6 ft. 1.5 in. D 28.5 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Leather, Steel
"New York" Sofa by Katavolos, Littell and Kelley f...
Katavolos, Littel, & Kelly, Laverne International
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s American Modern Sofas
Leather, Steel
The chic "New York" sofa was designed in 1952 by William Katavolos, Ross Li...
"Maison Du Brésil" Wardrobe / Room-Divider by Le Corbusier
Dimensions: H 4 ft. 11.4 in. W 5 ft. 10.5 in. D 27 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Wood, Metal, Oak, Plastic
"Maison Du Brésil" Wardrobe / Room-Divider by Le ...
Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s French Modern Wardrobes and Armoires
Wood, Metal, Oak, Plastic
Le Corbusier's Maison du Brésil was built between 1956-1959 to house Brazi...
1946 Students' Desk by Jean Prouvé
Dimensions: H 28 in. W 45.3 in. D 34.8 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Steel, Oak, Plywood
1946 Students' Desk by Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1940s French Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Steel, Oak, Plywood
Designed by Jean Prouvé in 1946, and made by his atelier for a few years t...
Important "Farsta" by Wilhelm Kåge
On Hold
Dimensions: H 9.75 in. Dm 9 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Leather, Stoneware
Important "Farsta" by Wilhelm Kåge
Wilhelm Kåge
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics
Leather, Stoneware
A substantial covered vessel with a suggestion of Japanese style, this supe...
Dimensions: H 32.5 in. W 18 in. D 19 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Oak
Standard Chair "Tout Bois" by Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1940s French Modern Chairs
Oak
Jean Prouvé's "Tout Bois" chair was an all-wood version of his famous stee...
"Table Maternelle" by Jean Prouvé
Dimensions: H 18.9 in. W 21.75 in. D 15.75 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Oak, Plywood, Steel
"Table Maternelle" by Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1940s French Modern Side Tables
Oak, Plywood, Steel
Designed and made by Jean Prouvé, the "Model 804" table has an oak plywood...
Dimensions: H 10 in. W 16.5 in. D 0.01 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Paper
"Jeune Lion Marin de la Californie" Lithograph by ...
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Antique 1820s French Other Prints
Paper
Two hundred years ago, Louis Choris, a young French-Russian artist of Germa...
Vase by Axel Salto
Dimensions: H 12.5 in. Dm 5.25 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Stoneware
Vase by Axel Salto
Axel Salto
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Stoneware
This gorgeous vase by Axel Salto has the most organic glaze I have ever see...
Dimensions: H 3 in. Dm 1.75 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Stoneware
Collection of Seven Miniature Vessels by Stig Lind...
Stig Lindberg
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics
Stoneware
Nothing displays the mastery of a ceramist better than the ability to throw...
"Colonial" Settee by Ole Wanscher
Dimensions: H 33 in. W 4 ft. D 25 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Cane, Mahogany, Leather
"Colonial" Settee by Ole Wanscher
Ole Wanscher
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Settees
Cane, Mahogany, Leather
Designed in 1949, Ole Wanscher's casually chic "Colonial" settee was the de...
Dimensions: H 1.4 in. Dm 7.3 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Earthenware
"Soleil" Vide-Poche by Georges Jouve
Georges Jouve
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s French Modern Ceramics
Earthenware
A handsome Georges Jouve tray, glazed in the great ceramist's beloved gunme...
Aubusson Tapestry by André Borderie
Dimensions: H 4 ft. 1.2 in. W 7 ft. 9.7 in. D 0.25 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Tapestry, Wool
Aubusson Tapestry by André Borderie
Andre Borderie, Camille Legoueix Atelier
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s French Modern Tapestries
Tapestry, Wool
André Borderie (1923-1998) was an energetic French painter, sculptor and c...
1940 Table Lamp by Axel Salto
Dimensions: H 16.6 in. Dm 5.3 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Stoneware
1940 Table Lamp by Axel Salto
Axel Salto
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps
Stoneware
A gorgeous blanc de chine table lamp modelled in Salto's signature "budding...
Dimensions: H 34 in. W 33 in. D 34 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Hickory, Walnut
Rocking Chair with Free-Edge Arm by George Nakashi...
George Nakashima
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1970s American Modern Rocking Chairs
Hickory, Walnut
As with all of "Japanese Shaker" Nakashima's work, the craftsmanship carrie...
Dimensions: H 2 in. W 6.3 in. D 2.5 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Earthenware
Rare Ceramic Box Sculpture by Andre Borderie
Andre Borderie
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s French Modern Sculptures
Earthenware
A whimsical "boite" by the brilliant abstractionist Andre Borderie (French,...
Dimensions: H 26.5 in. Dm 29 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Mahogany
Mahogany Side Table by Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s American Modern Side Tables
Mahogany
A striking, very highly architectural table designed by Frank Lloyd Wright ...
Set of Eight Dining Chairs by Walter Gropius
Dimensions: H 29.8 in. W 23.7 in. D 21 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Nutwood
Set of Eight Dining Chairs by Walter Gropius
Walter Gropius, Ben Thompson
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s American Modern Dining Room Chairs
Nutwood
The legendary Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius designed the rarely seen "W1...
Dimensions: H 13.1 in. Dm 33 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Rare Coffee Table by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1970s French Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
This exquisite table attracts the eye as much for its Perriandesque form an...
Dimensions: H 12.5 in. Dm 2.5 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Stoneware
1956 "Farsta" Vase by Wilhelm Kåge
Wilhelm Kåge
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Stoneware
Wilhelm Kåge, student of Matisse, grand old man of Swedish ceramics, and c...
Faience Decanter by Stig Lindberg
Dimensions: H 6.75 in. W 5.4 in. D 1.9 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Faience
Faience Decanter by Stig Lindberg
Stig Lindberg
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Barware
Faience
While the form of this decanter will be familiar to collectors of Stig Lind...
Dimensions: H 14.6 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Stoneware
Tall Bottle-Form Vase by Stig Lindberg
Stig Lindberg
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Stoneware
This stoneware vase was made by Stig Lindberg in 1960, when he was at the v...
Dimensions: H 20 in. W 16 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Silver Gelatin Print
Portrait of Picasso in His Studio by Richard Ham
Richard Hambleton
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1940s American Photography
Silver Gelatin Print
In December 1944, Richard Ham was a U.S. Army photographer, who photographe...
Dimensions: H 9.5 in. Dm 6.8 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Aluminum, Lacquer
"Eiffel" Pendant Lamp by Jo Hammerborg
Jo Hammerborg
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum, Lacquer
The "Eiffel" was one of many great Danish lamps designed in the early 1960s...
Wall Sculpture by Jan De Swart, Late 1960s
Dimensions: H 21.5 in. W 14.25 in. D 0.75 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Aluminum
Wall Sculpture by Jan De Swart, Late 1960s
Jan De Swart
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s American Wall-mounted Sculptures
Aluminum
Jan De Swart's technique for making aluminium sculpture was both innovative...
Dimensions: H 9.25 in. W 2.4 in. D 1.9 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Sterling Silver
Sterling Silver Hair Comb Sculpture by Art Smith
Art Smith
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s American Modern Sculptures
Sterling Silver
This silver hair pin also happens to be a beautiful abstract sculpture whic...
Dimensions: H 23.25 in. W 33.25 in. D 1 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Oil Paint
"Ocean Pier" 1961 Oil Painting by Charles Griffin ...
Charles Griffin Farr
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s American Modern Paintings
Oil Paint
San Francisco artist Charles Griffin Farr (American, 1908-1997) studied, du...
Photograph by Julius Shulman
Dimensions: H 7.75 in. W 9.75 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Photograph by Julius Shulman
Julius Shulman
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s American Modern Photography
The Jonas Salk Institute, in La Jolla, California, was designed in 1960 by ...