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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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Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Wood
Pair of Early Cantilever Chairs
Angelo Luigi Colombo
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1930s Italian Side Chairs
Wood
From around 1930, Angelo Luigi Colombo's factory in Milan, Italy produced a...
Vase by Marcello Fantoni
Dimensions: H 8.25 in. Dm 4.5 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Earthenware
Vase by Marcello Fantoni
Marcello Fantoni
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1940s Italian Vases and Vessels
Earthenware
This early Fantoni vase, which dates from the late 1940s, is decorated with...
Dimensions: H 6.5 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Wood
Mwana Hiti Fertility Dolls
Zaramo People
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s Tanzanian Tribal More Folk Art
Wood
These fertility dolls from East Africa are marvellously stylized abstract s...
Wooden Sculpture
Dimensions: H 12 in. W 18 in. D 8.25 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Poplar, Wood
Wooden Sculpture
D.A.N.
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s American Modern Sculptures
Poplar, Wood
This carved wooden sculpture suggests the naughty bits of a woman's body, b...
"Farsta" Bowl by Wilhelm Kåge
Dimensions: H 2.5 in. W 8.5 in. D 8.5 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Stoneware
"Farsta" Bowl by Wilhelm Kåge
Wilhelm Kåge
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s Swedish Bowls and Baskets
Stoneware
A thick-walled (the "Farsta" pieces were heavily potted), shallow bowl -- w...
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Ceramic, Sterling Silver
Ice Bucket by Dr. Christopher Dresser
Christopher Dresser
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Antique 19th Century English Barware
Ceramic, Sterling Silver
A lustrous ceramic vessel with sterling silver hardware, this ice bucket wa...
Dimensions: H 9.5 in. W 13.5 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Pencil, Paper
"Pregnant Picture" by Max Walter Svanberg
Max Walter Svanberg
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1930s Swedish Drawings
Pencil, Paper
A beautiful drawing by Sweden's leading exponent of surrealism, the painter...
Tall, Dark and Handsome Italian Vase
Dimensions: H 18.5 in. W 2.8 in. D 2.8 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Stoneware
Tall, Dark and Handsome Italian Vase
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Stoneware
This attenuated bottle-form vase is stoneware, less commonly seen in Italy ...
Dimensions: H 27 in. W 36 in. D 31 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Walnut
Pair of "Bastiano" Chairs by Afra and Tobia Scarpa...
Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Armchairs
Walnut
Something of an update of Gerrit Rietveld's avant-garde "Crate" chair, the ...
Wall-Plaque by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s French Decorative Art
This ceramic wall-plaque, with an impressed image of a fish, is very south-...
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Earthenware, Wood
Ceramic Wall-Plaque by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s French Decorative Art
Earthenware, Wood
A quasi-medieval, folkish image of a woman carrying her wares to market. Th...
Aluminum "BA3" Chair by Ernest Race
Dimensions: H 30.5 in. W 17 in. D 20 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Aluminum
Aluminum "BA3" Chair by Ernest Race
Ernest Race
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1940s British Modern Side Chairs
Aluminum
Introduced at the V&A Museum's "Britain Can Make It" exhibition of 1946, Er...
Photograph by Éric Valli
Dimensions: H 17 in. W 25 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Photograph by Éric Valli
Eric Valli
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Late 20th Century French Photography
Éric Valli is a fascinating French ethnographic photographer best known for...
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Steel, Brass
Dining Table by Marvin Drandell
Marvin Drandell
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
21st Century and Contemporary American Dining Room Tables
Steel, Brass
Marvin Drandell is a Los Angeles-based designer and maker of bespoke furnit...
"Mailbox" Floor Lamp by Charles Hollis Jones
Dimensions: H 4 ft. 10 in. W 24.5 in. D 13 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Acrylic
"Mailbox" Floor Lamp by Charles Hollis Jones
Charles Hollis Jones
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s American Modern Floor Lamps
Acrylic
If designer Charles Hollis Jones has not explored every possible combinatio...
Dimensions: H 21.5 in. W 16 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Molded Plywood Tray by Tapio Wirkkala
Tapio Wirkkala
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s Finnish Platters and Serveware
A Fincraft molded plywood tray, designed in the 1950s by Tapio Wirkkala for...
Dimensions: H 35.75 in. W 25.75 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Original Art for 1970s Movie Poster
Daryl Millsap
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1970s American Posters
"The Marseille Contract" ("The Destructors" in the USA) was a 1974 action m...
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Oil Paint, Canvas
"Refuge" by John Bowman
John Bowman
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Late 20th Century American Paintings
Oil Paint, Canvas
John Bowman, now a Professor of Art at Penn State, has for thirty years par...
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Glass
Pendant Lamp by Tapio Wirkkala
Tapio Wirkkala
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s Finnish Chandeliers and Pendants
Glass
Wirkkala designed a wide range of handsome, classically Modernist lamps for...
Vase by Berndt Friberg
Dimensions: H 9.5 in. Dm 2.5 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Stoneware
Vase by Berndt Friberg
Berndt Friberg
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s Swedish Vases and Vessels
Stoneware
In form and surface, this vase is unmistakably the work of Berndt Friberg. ...
Club Chair by Norman Bel Geddes
Dimensions: H 36 in. W 26.5 in. D 34 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Metal, Velvet, Upholstery
Club Chair by Norman Bel Geddes
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Club Chairs
Metal, Velvet, Upholstery
A characterful metal club chair in the Streamline Moderne style, by the sem...
Dimensions: H 12 in. W 5 ft. D 18 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
George Nakashima "Free Edge" Wall-Mounted Desk
George Nakashima
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
A chic and versatile George Nakashima studio piece, ideal as a space-effici...
"Air" by Herbert Landegger
Dimensions: H 10.5 in. W 14 in. D 9.5 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Bronze
"Air" by Herbert Landegger
Herbert Landegger
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Late 20th Century American Sculptures
Bronze
"Air" is a beautifully cast bronze by Herbert Landegger (1930-2001), the Au...
Prototype Chair by Charles Eames
Charles Eames
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1940s American Office Chairs and Desk Chairs
This molded plywood chair was an experimental maquette used at the Eames Of...
Vase by Tunsi Girard
Dimensions: H 6.4 in. W 4.5 in. D 2.8 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Earthenware
Vase by Tunsi Girard
Tunsi Girard
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s Italian Vases and Vessels
Earthenware
PLEASE NOTE: THIS PIECE IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD A colorful vase by Tunsi Gi...
Dimensions: H 31 in. W 21.5 in. D 24 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Fabric, Upholstery
Pair of George Nelson Armchairs with Alexander Gir...
Alexander Girard, Herman Miller, George Nelson
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s American Armchairs
Fabric, Upholstery
An elegant George Nelson armchair that you never see. This pair was upholst...
Dimensions: H 3 in. Dm 3.5 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Teak
Swedish Pen Holder in Siamese Teak
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Desk Accessories
Teak
A wonderful piece of desk sculpture, of the sort that Scandinavians are so ...
"Coitus" an Anonymous Sculpture
Dimensions: H 11.5 in. W 15.5 in. D 12 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Oak, Walnut
"Coitus" an Anonymous Sculpture
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s American Modern Sculptures
Oak, Walnut
A beautifully conceived and made sculpture representing, somewhat reductive...
"Brushstroke" Poster by Roy Lichtenstein
Dimensions: H 25 in. W 29.5 in. D 0.01 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Paper
"Brushstroke" Poster by Roy Lichtenstein
Roy Lichtenstein
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s American Modern Prints
Paper
This the poster version of the iconic image by Roy Lichtenstein. Encapsulat...
Dimensions: H 12.5 in. Dm 4.25 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Earthenware
Ceramic Lamp Shade by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s French More Lighting
Earthenware
This charmingly hand-painted ceramic cylinder is a shade for a pendant lamp...
19th Century Swiss Chair
Dimensions: H 38.5 in. W 16.5 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Wood
19th Century Swiss Chair
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Antique 19th Century Swiss Side Chairs
Wood
This is a particularly elaborate example of a traditional Swiss chair. It w...
Dimensions: Dm 9.8 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Earthenware
Faience Plate / Wall-Plaque by Jean Lurçat
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s French Tableware
Earthenware
The post-Cubist French artist Jean Lurçat is best known for his fantastic t...
Oil Painting by Harry Waldow
Dimensions: H 23.25 in. W 31 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Oil Paint, Canvas
Oil Painting by Harry Waldow
Harry Waldow
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s Paintings
Oil Paint, Canvas
Harry Waldow (1887 - 1969) was born in America to a British father and a Me...
Set of Nesting Tables in Rosewood by Ole Wanscher
On Hold
Dimensions: H 19.5 in. W 22.75 in. D 13.75 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Ash, Rosewood
Set of Nesting Tables in Rosewood by Ole Wanscher
Ole Wanscher
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Nesting Tables and Stacking Tables...
Ash, Rosewood
The rosewood used for these three tables is gorgeously figured. Their very ...
Dimensions: H 12.5 in. Dm 4.25 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Earthenware
Ceramic Lamp Shade by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950s French Table Lamps
Earthenware
This charmingly hand-painted ceramic cylinder is a shade for a pendant lamp...
Vase by Ico and Luisa Parisi
Dimensions: H 6 in. W 3.57 in. D 2 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Porcelain
Vase by Ico and Luisa Parisi
Ico Parisi, Luisa Parisi
Offered by Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Porcelain
In the 1960s, legendary furniture designers Ico and Luisa Parisi also desig...