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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Katavolos, Littel, & Kelly, Laverne International
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950-1959 United States Modern Sofas
Leather, Steel
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...
Liisa Hallamaa
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Vintage 1960-1969 Finland Vases
Gorgeous form (very 1960s Finnish), gorgeous texture (chamotte, also very Finnish), gorgeous color (variegated blues and browns). From the period when people believed that the right ...
Axel Salto
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
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...
Stig Lindberg
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960-1969 Sweden Scandinavian Modern Vases
Stoneware
Handmade in 1966 in Gustavsberg, Sweden, this studio vase by Stig Lindberg has the bottle-form, impressed surface decoration and lovely variegated glaze so representative of this gre...
Stig Lindberg
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960-1969 Sweden Scandinavian Modern Vases
Stoneware
The centaur was Stig Lindberg's favorite mythological figure, one he returned to in his work repeatedly. The surface of this unique studio vase, which was made in 1961, is decorated ...
Wilhelm Kåge
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950-1959 Sweden Scandinavian Modern Vases
Stoneware
Wilhelm Kåge, student of Matisse, grand old man of Swedish ceramics, and creator of the 20th century's greatest series of studio ceramics, his famous "Farsta" collection. ...
Eliel Saarinen, Pipsan Saarinen-Swanson
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1930-1939 United States Modern Dressers
Aluminum, Birch, Walnut
The Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen was long-time president of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he was a mentor to such budding design luminaries as Charles and Ray Eames, Harry ...
Walter Gropius, Ben Thompson
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950-1959 United States Modern Dining Room Chairs
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...
Antonia Campi
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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...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Tibet Tibetan Sculptures
Ormolu, Silver
An early and very fine gilt bronze representation of Dombi-Heruka, one of 84 Mahasiddhas (great beings) held in reverence by Tibetan Buddhists. Mahasiddhas were believed to have been...
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Vintage 1930-1939 United States Art Deco Club Chairs
Metal, Velvet, Upholstery
A characterful metal club chair in the Streamline Moderne style, by the seminal American Industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes. Bel Geddes' obsession with aerodynamics is manifested ...
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960-1969 Denmark Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Tables
Laminate, Rosewood
An impressive-looking dining table designed about 50 years ago by Grete Jalk and made by Poul Jeppesen, in Denmark. The frame and legs are made of solid Brazil rosewood, with a top o...

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