Sam Kaufman Gallery

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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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...
Tea Kettle by Dr. Christopher Dresser
Tea Kettle by Dr. Christopher Dresser
Christopher Dresser
Antique Late 19th Century British Aesthetic Movement Tea Sets
Brass, Copper, Ebony
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...
"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...
"Woman with Vase" Ceramic Sculpture by Salvatore Fiume
"Woman with Vase" Ceramic Sculpture by Salvator...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
Long Sofa by Hans Wegner
Hans J. Wegner
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Sofas
Wool, Oak
This substantial Hans Wegner sofa brings together all of the virtues of Danish design in its reconciliation of sleekness with restraint, and of jet-set modernity with the tradition o...
Vase by Guido Gambone
Guido Gambone
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Vases
Earthenware
A tall vase by the greatest Italian ceramist of the post-war period. A stylized leaf decorates one half of the surface of the vessel, the other side being a variegated color field in...
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...
Rare Enamel Tray by Guido Gambone
Guido Gambone
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern More Furniture and Collectibles
Copper
For Guido Gambone, the making of enamels was a natural foray, given the medium's obvious commonalities with ceramics. Still, he executed very few works in enamel; perhaps he was frus...
Vase by Axel Salto, 1939
Axel Salto
Vintage 1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases
Stoneware
An exquisite little Axel Salto vase in the artist's famous budding style, with variegated Sung glaze. Made in 1939. Fully marked with artist's inscribed signature and the Royal Copen...

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