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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

Established in 19991stDibs seller since 2005

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Featured Pieces

Vintage Set of 1923 Door Handles by Walter Gropius
By Walter Gropius
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An early vintage set of the famous modernist door handles designed in 1923 by Bauhaus master Walter Gropius, and made in mid-1920s Berlin of nickel-plated brass by S.A. Loevy. This m...
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Vintage 1920s German Bauhaus Doors and Gates

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Brass

Cabinet and Desk by Jan De Swart
By Jan De Swart
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Sculptor/engineer/teacher/non-conformist Jan De Swart, Dutch emigre and fascinating exponent of the optimistic Southern California modernist aesthetic, was an artist no less idiosync...
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Vintage 1960s American Modern Cabinets

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Wood

"Pinocchio" Desk or Wall Lamp by H.Th.J.A. Busquet
By Herman Theodoor Jan Anthoin Busquet
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Designed in 1956 by Busquet, and made by Hala Zeist in the Netherlands, the "Pinocchio" is a versatile little lamp with an unostentatious but chic appearance. The black-enameled legs...
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Table Lamps

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Nickel, Steel

"Nu de Dos" Drawing by André Derain, Late 1940s
By André Derain
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A drawing in sanguine (red chalk) on wove paper, by André Derain, the co-founder, with Henri Matisse, of fauvism. Ink-stamped with the artist's studio mark: [Atelier André Derain]. N...
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Vintage 1940s French Drawings

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Paper

Bowl by Antonio Prieto
By Antonio Prieto
Located in Los Angeles, CA
California studio potter and influential teacher Antonio Prieto threw this stoneware bowl with a two-stage profile, and then decorated the interior with lozenge forms, comprising a r...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Bowls

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Stoneware

Original "Cutaway" Drawing of the Lotus 30 Racing Car by Brian Hatton
By Brian Hatton
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Brian Hatton's painstaking cutaway drawings won him acclaim as one of Britain's great technical artists. This meticulously detailed pen and ink drawing (on illustration board) of the...
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Vintage 1960s English Sporting Art Drawings

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Other

"Soleil" Table by Roger Capron and Jean Derval
By Roger Capron, Jean Derval
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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...
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Vintage 1970s French Modern Side Tables

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Steel

Sterling Silver Hair Comb Sculpture by Art Smith
By Art Smith
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This silver hair pin also happens to be a beautiful abstract sculpture which hints at being a female figure. When not in use atop your head, it can be displayed on its bespoke plinth...
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Vintage 1950s American Modern Sculptures

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Sterling Silver

Original "Cutaway" Drawing of the Lotus 20 Racing Car by Brian Hatton
By Brian Hatton
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Brian Hatton's painstaking "cutaway" drawings won him acclaim as one of Britain's great technical artists. This meticulously detailed pen and ink drawing (on illustration board) of t...
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Vintage 1960s English Sporting Art Drawings

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Other

Ceramic Sculpture by Ugo Lucerni
By Ugo Lucerni
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures

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Earthenware

Tall Sculpture by Jan De Swart
By Jan De Swart
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A large biomorphic sculpture in jelutong wood, which for decades guarded the entrance to Allegro, artist Jan De Swart's magical house in the hills of Eagle Rock, California. It was p...
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Vintage 1960s American Modern Sculptures

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Wood

Cast Iron Cooking Pot by Timo Sarpaneva
By Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Sarpaneva's famous cast iron cooking pot, made by Rosenlew & Co. in Finland, won a silver medal at the 1961 Milan Triennale for its designer, the first of many international honors a...
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Vintage 1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern More Dining and Entertaining

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Iron

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