Sam Kaufman Gallery

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Los Angeles, CA
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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

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Featured Pieces

Very Rare and Tall 1953 Vase by Antonia Campi
Very Rare and Tall 1953 Vase by Antonia Campi
Antonia Campi
Vintage 1950s Italian 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 career as...
Set of Eight Dining Chairs by Walter Gropius
Set of Eight Dining Chairs by Walter Gropius
Walter Gropius, Ben Thompson
Vintage 1950s American 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 career came t...
Table Lamp by Guido Gambone
Table Lamp by Guido Gambone
Guido Gambone
Vintage 1950s Italian 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 ...
Tea Kettle by Dr. Christopher Dresser
Tea Kettle by Dr. Christopher Dresser
Christopher Dresser
Antique Late 19th Century British Aesthetic Movement Tea Sets
Ebony, Brass, Copper
Unusually geometric in form, this extraordinarily inventive copper and brass kettle looks like a Bauhaus thesis project from 1930 but was actually created in England in 1878 by the w...
Crucifix by Georges Jouve
Crucifix by Georges Jouve
Georges Jouve
Vintage 1940s French Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures
Earthenware
Made between 1942 and 1944, this crucifix is a very early piece from one of France's greatest ceramists. In 1942, Jouve had just escaped from Nazi imprisonment, and was hiding out in...
Jugendstil Chair by Richard Riemerschmid
Jugendstil Chair by Richard Riemerschmid
Richard Riemerschmid
Antique Early 1900s German Jugendstil Side Chairs
Brass, Upholstery, Hardwood
The architect Richard Riemerschmid was a leading exponent of the Munich Seccession and designed many varied objects whose influence was felt internationally. His style was characteri...
1958 "Putrella" Bowl / Centrepiece by Enzo Mari
1958 "Putrella" Bowl / Centrepiece by Enzo Mari
Enzo Mari, Danese
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Decorative Bowls
Steel
In 1958, the highly experimental Italian designer Enzo Mari created a family of vessels made from a surprising material. "Putrella" is Italian for girder, and these bowls were all ma...
Set of Eight "Leggera" Dining Chairs by Gio Ponti
Set of Eight "Leggera" Dining Chairs by Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Dining Room Chairs
Leather, Ash
A fine set of eight "Leggera" dining chairs by the éminence grise of 20th-century Italian design, the great Milanese architect Gio Ponti. Built of beautifully-figured solid ash and g...
Very Rare John Altoon Poster Photographed by William Claxton
Very Rare John Altoon Poster Photographed by Wi...
William Claxton
Vintage 1960s American Modern Posters
Paper
John Altoon (American, 1925-1969) was a Los Angeles artist and founding member of the Los Angeles "Ferus Group" / "Cool School." This very rare exhibition poster from 1964 features a...
Vase by Guido Gambone
Vase by Guido Gambone
Guido Gambone
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Ceramics
Earthenware
An excellent slab-built vase of rectangular section, made in the early 1950s by Guido Gambone, post-war Italy's most celebrated ceramist. Decorated with abstract, almost glyphic desi...
Marble Portrait Bust of George Boole, F.R.S. by Thomas Earle
Marble Portrait Bust of George Boole, F.R.S. by...
Thomas Earle
Antique Mid-19th Century English Neoclassical Busts
Marble
Thomas Earle (1810-1876) was a distinguished 19th century English sculptor who regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy and was honoured by that institution with a gold medal for his...
"Impertinent Rooster" Massive Ceramic Sculpture by Salvatore Fiume
"Impertinent Rooster" Massive Ceramic Sculpture...
Salvatore Fiume
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Figurative Sculptures
Earthenware
Salvatore Fiume (1915-1997) was a fascinating and relentlessly inventive Italian artist and writer, a larger-than-life figure who worked in a surrealist idiom, creating fantastic pai...

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