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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Kay Bojesen
Vintage 1940-1949 Denmark Scandinavian Modern Toys
Wood
Two life-size versions of Kay Bojesen's iconic wooden Guardsmen flanked the entrance to his Copenhagen shop, which was located near the Royal Palace. This drummer is in lovely condit...
Han Pieck
Vintage 1940-1949 Netherlands Modern Lounge Chairs
Plywood
The Lawo chair, so named because it was made of LA-minated WO-od, was brilliantly constructed from a single sheet of birch plywood, which is cut and then bent in different planes to ...
Tapio Wirkkala
Vintage 1950-1959 Finland Scandinavian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Steel, Rubber, Birch
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...
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 ...
Guido Gambone
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 ...
Hans J. Wegner
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...
Yves Klein
Vintage 1950-1959 France 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...
Georges Jouve
Vintage 1950-1959 France Modern Vases
Ceramic
The chalice was a favorite form of Georges Jouve. This is an early example, distinguished by a complex surface texture that is most satisfying. Glazed in chartreuse, with a black int...
Katavolos, Littel, & Kelly, Laverne International
Vintage 1950-1959 United States Modern Sofas
Steel, Leather
The chic "New York" sofa was designed in 1952 by William Katavolos, Ross Littell and Douglas Kelley for the adventurous New York manufacturer of luxury furniture, Laverne I...
Bitossi, Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1950-1959 Italy Modern Vases
Earthenware
Designed by Ettore Sottsass, and made by Bitossi from 1956-1959, the "Rochetto" series of ceramics are some of the earliest works by the great iconoclast to give an indicat...
Antonia Campi
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...
Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier
Vintage 1950-1959 France Modern Wardrobes and Armoires
Metal, Plastic, Wood, Oak
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 ...

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