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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 middle of the last century. Sam envisions his enterprise as a salon for enthusiasts, and his job as a kind of cross between curator and emcee. The gallery caters to a wide spectrum of customers, fro ... Learn More
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1946 Students' Desk by Jean Prouvé
Dimensions: H 28 in. W 45.3 in. D 34.8 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Steel, Oak, Plywood
1946 Students' Desk by Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1940s French Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Steel, Oak, Plywood
Designed by Jean Prouvé in 1946, and made by his atelier for a few years t...
Dimensions: H 22.5 in. W 11 in. D 6 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Very Rare and Tall 1953 Vase by Antonia Campi
Antonia Campi
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Ceramics
In Italy there is an expression, "senso dello spettacolo" -- sense of spect...
Dimensions: H 12.9 in. Dm 11 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Leather, Stoneware
Important "Farsta" by Wilhelm Kåge
Wilhelm Kåge
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics
Leather, Stoneware
A substantial covered vessel with a suggestion of Japanese style, this supe...
Ceramic Tray by Georges Jouve
Dimensions: H 6.5 in. W 14 in. D 6.5 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Ceramic Tray by Georges Jouve
Georges Jouve
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s French Modern Decorative Art
In its spontaneity, this Jouve ceramic is reminiscent of both Zen painting ...
"Table Maternelle" by Jean Prouvé
Dimensions: H 18.9 in. W 21.75 in. D 15.75 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Oak, Plywood, Steel
"Table Maternelle" by Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1940s French Modern Side Tables
Oak, Plywood, Steel
Designed and made by Jean Prouvé, the "Model 804" table has an oak plywood...
Dresser by Marvin Drandell
Dimensions: H 47.5 in. W 34 in. D 18 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Aluminum, Maple, Steel
Dresser by Marvin Drandell
Marvin Drandell
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
1990s American Modern Dressers
Aluminum, Maple, Steel
Marvin Drandell is a Los Angeles-based designer and maker of bespoke furnit...
"Maison Du Brésil" Wardrobe / Room-Divider by Le Corbusier
Dimensions: H 4 ft. 11.4 in. W 5 ft. 10.5 in. D 27 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Wood, Metal, Oak, Plastic
"Maison Du Brésil" Wardrobe / Room-Divider by Le ...
Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s French Modern Wardrobes and Armoires
Wood, Metal, Oak, Plastic
Le Corbusier's Maison du Brésil was built between 1956-1959 to house Brazi...
Dimensions: H 1 in. Dm 9.2 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Earthenware, Faience
Set of Eight Hand-Painted Faience Dinner Plates by...
Stig Lindberg
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics
Earthenware, Faience
This set of faience dinner plates was created by Stig Lindberg in the late ...
Modernist Rocking Horse from Denmark
Dimensions: H 36 in. W 4 ft. 2 in. D 11.3 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Rope, Pine
Modernist Rocking Horse from Denmark
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Toys
Rope, Pine
A wonderful modernist interpretation of the Classic children's riding toy. ...
"Le Coq" Sculpture by Roger Capron
Dimensions: H 14.75 in. W 10 in. D 6 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Earthenware
"Le Coq" Sculpture by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s French Modern Sculptures
Earthenware
A highly stylized figure of a rooster by the great French ceramist, Roger C...
Dimensions: H 3.5 in. Dm 2 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Stoneware
Collection of Seven Miniature Vessels by Stig Lind...
Stig Lindberg
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics
Stoneware
Nothing displays the mastery of a ceramist better than the ability to throw...
Ceramic Sculpture by Ugo Lucerni
Dimensions: H 21.5 in. W 10.5 in. D 4 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Earthenware
Ceramic Sculpture by Ugo Lucerni
Ugo Lucerni
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures
Earthenware
The best piece by this very idiosyncratic artist that I have seen in many y...
Lamp / Sculpture by Juliette Derel
Dimensions: H 14.6 in. W 8.9 in. D 5.1 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Earthenware, Resin
Lamp / Sculpture by Juliette Derel
Juliette Derel
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s French Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Earthenware, Resin
Almost any room can benefit from a dash of south-of-France 1960s chic. This...
Dimensions: H 9.25 in. W 2.4 in. D 1.9 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Sterling Silver
Sterling Silver Hair Comb Sculpture by Art Smith
Art Smith
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s American Modern Sculptures
Sterling Silver
This silver hair pin also happens to be a beautiful abstract sculpture whic...
Dimensions: H 26.5 in. Dm 29 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Mahogany
Mahogany Side Table by Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s American Modern Side Tables
Mahogany
A striking, very highly architectural table designed by Frank Lloyd Wright ...
Dimensions: H 20 in. W 27 in. D 0.2 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Other
Original "Cutaway" Drawing of the Lotus 20 Racing ...
Brian Hatton
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s English Sporting Art Drawings
Other
Brian Hatton's painstaking "cutaway" drawings won him acclaim as one of Bri...
Dimensions: H 18.5 in. W 25 in. D 0.2 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Other
Original "Cutaway" Drawing of the Lotus 30 Racing ...
Brian Hatton
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s English Sporting Art Drawings
Other
Brian Hatton's painstaking "cutaway" drawings won him acclaim as one of Bri...
Dimensions: H 9 in. W 20 in. D 0.01 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Paper
Original "Cutaway" Drawing of the Lotus 23 Racing ...
Unknown
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s English Modern Drawings
Paper
This beautiful pen and ink "cutaway" drawing of the Lotus 23 sports racing ...
Dimensions: H 32.5 in. W 18 in. D 19 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Oak
Standard Chair "Tout Bois" by Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1940s French Modern Chairs
Oak
Jean Prouvé's "Tout Bois" chair was an all-wood version of his famous stee...
Dimensions: H 17.3 in. W 12 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Earthenware
Surrealist Wall Plaque by Giovanni Petucco
Giovanni Petucco
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Ceramics
Earthenware
By ceramist Giovanni Petucco (Italian, 1910-1961), a ceramic slab with a su...
1940 Table Lamp by Axel Salto
Dimensions: H 16.6 in. Dm 5.3 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Stoneware
1940 Table Lamp by Axel Salto
Axel Salto
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps
Stoneware
A gorgeous blanc de chine table lamp modelled in Salto's signature "budding...
Aubusson Tapestry by André Borderie
Dimensions: H 4 ft. 1.2 in. W 7 ft. 9.7 in. D 0.25 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Tapestry, Wool
Aubusson Tapestry by André Borderie
Andre Borderie, Camille Legoueix Atelier
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s French Modern Tapestries
Tapestry, Wool
André Borderie (1923-1998) was an energetic French painter, sculptor and c...
Dimensions: H 2 in. W 6.3 in. D 2.5 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Earthenware
Rare Ceramic Box Sculpture by Andre Borderie
Andre Borderie
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s French Modern Sculptures
Earthenware
A whimsical "boite" by the brilliant abstractionist Andre Borderie (French,...
Dimensions: H 4 in. W 2 in. D 2 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Ceramic
Maquette for Fountain by Jean Derval
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s French Modern Architectural Models
Ceramic
This small maquette was made by Jean Derval as a study for a fountain. As a...
Dimensions: H 17.3 in. W 14.4 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
"Fillette au Cerceau" Painting by Henri Laville
Henri Laville
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s French Modern Paintings
"Fillette au Cerceau" (Girl with a Hoop) was painted by Henri Laville (Fren...
"Angel in Flight" by Evelyn Ackerman
Dimensions: H 26 in. W 38 in. D 0.01 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Paper
"Angel in Flight" by Evelyn Ackerman
Evelyn Ackerman
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Prints
Paper
This extremely rare silkscreen print by Evelyn Ackerman dates from 1965 and...
Ceramic Sculpture by Roger Capron
Dimensions: H 9.8 in. W 4.5 in. D 3.5 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Ceramic Sculpture by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s French Modern Sculptures
Extremely affecting, with the charm of great Folk Art, this "Mother and Chi...
Dimensions: H 17.5 in. Dm 8.5 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Stoneware
Beverage Dispenser by Albert Thiry
Albert Thiry
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1970s French Modern Ceramics
Stoneware
Remove the fellow's head, fill with a favourite cold or warm drink and repl...
Cabinet and Desk by Jan De Swart
Dimensions: H 6 ft. 8.3 in. W 27.25 in. D 25 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Wood
Cabinet and Desk by Jan De Swart
Jan De Swart
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s American Modern Cabinets
Wood
Sculptor/engineer/teacher/non-conformist Jan De Swart, Dutch emigre and fas...
Vase by Axel Salto
Dimensions: H 12.5 in. Dm 5.25 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Stoneware
Vase by Axel Salto
Axel Salto
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Stoneware
This gorgeous vase by Axel Salto has the most organic glaze I have ever see...
Set of Eight Dining Chairs by Walter Gropius
Dimensions: H 29.8 in. W 23.7 in. D 21 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Nutwood
Set of Eight Dining Chairs by Walter Gropius
Walter Gropius, Ben Thompson
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s American Modern Dining Room Chairs
Nutwood
The legendary Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius designed the rarely seen "W1...
Coffee Table with Inlaid Decoration by Tapio Wirkkala
Dimensions: H 18.5 in. W 4 ft. 0.8 in. D 24.5 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Birch, Rubber, Steel
Coffee Table with Inlaid Decoration by Tapio Wirkk...
Tapio Wirkkala
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Birch, Rubber, Steel
Tapio Wirkkala (Finnish, 1915-1985) was the consummate form-giver of the mi...
Dimensions: H 43.5 in. W 20.25 in. D 23.75 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Maple
Set of Six "High Sticking" Tall Dining Chairs by F...
Frank Gehry
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
1990s American Modern Dining Room Chairs
Maple
Frank Gehry designed this complex and structurally fascinating chair for Kn...
Dimensions: H 29.2 in. W 6 ft. 1.5 in. D 28.5 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Leather, Steel
"New York" Sofa by Katavolos, Littell and Kelley f...
Katavolos, Littel, & Kelly, Laverne International
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s American Modern Sofas
Leather, Steel
The chic "New York" sofa was designed in 1952 by William Katavolos, Ross Li...
Table Lamp by Guido Gambone
Dimensions: H 34.75 in. Dm 16 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Earthenware, Linen
Table Lamp by Guido Gambone
Guido Gambone
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Earthenware, Linen
A graphically stunning ceramic table lamp by postwar Italy's greatest ceram...
Dimensions: H 34 in. W 33 in. D 34 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Hickory, Walnut
Rocking Chair with Free-Edge Arm by George Nakashi...
George Nakashima
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1970s American Modern Rocking Chairs
Hickory, Walnut
As with all of "Japanese Shaker" Nakashima's work, the craftsmanship carrie...