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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Deru
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Vintage 1960-1969 Germany Modern Animal Sculptures
Brass, Leather
A half-century ago, a German company called Deru made beautifully crafted figures of various animals with an imaginative, origami-like technique of crimping, cutting, folding, sewing...
Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier
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Vintage 1950-1959 France Modern Wardrobes and Armoires
Wood, Metal, Oak, Plastic
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 ...
Jean Prouvé
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Vintage 1940-1949 France Modern Chairs
Oak
Jean Prouvé's "Tout Bois" chair was an all-wood version of his famous steel "Standard Chair." Because the exigencies of world war made supplies of steel unobtain...
Antonia Campi
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
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...
Jean Prouvé
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Vintage 1940-1949 France Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Steel, Oak, Plywood
Designed by Jean Prouvé in 1946, and made by his atelier for a few years thereafter, this futuristic-yet-ancient-looking desk for two is in completely original condition, with a gor...
Axel Salto
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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...
George Nakashima
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Vintage 1970-1979 United States Modern Rocking Chairs
Hickory, Walnut
As with all of "Japanese Shaker" Nakashima's work, the craftsmanship carries on a brisk dialog with the design: through-tenons secured by wedges of different-colored wood, ...
Wilhelm Kåge
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Vintage 1950-1959 Sweden Scandinavian Modern Ceramics
Leather, Stoneware
A substantial covered vessel with a suggestion of Japanese style, this superb piece has never before been on the market. After making it, Wilhelm Kåge kept it for himself, allowing ...
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Vintage 1950-1959 Denmark Scandinavian Modern Toys and Dolls
Rope, Pine
A wonderful modernist interpretation of the Classic children's riding toy. The artisan who made it is unknown, but it was originally sold at Den Permanente ("The Permanent"...
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...
Andre Borderie, Camille Legoueix Atelier
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Vintage 1960-1969 France Modern Tapestries
Tapestry, Wool
André Borderie (1923-1998) was an energetic French painter, sculptor and ceramist, an ardent experimentalist with form whose work has attracted renewed interest by connoisseurs in t...
Ole Wanscher
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Vintage 1940-1949 Denmark Scandinavian Modern Settees
Cane, Mahogany, Leather
Designed in 1949, Ole Wanscher's casually chic "Colonial" settee was the designer's homage to 18th century English furniture; its spare and elegantly drawn frame fully expo...

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