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 the m...Read More

Sam Kaufman Gallery

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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...
Andre Borderie
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950-1959 France Modern Abstract Sculptures
Earthenware
A whimsical "boite" by the brilliant abstractionist Andre Borderie (French, 1923-1998). The ceramic objects he created were more exploratory exercises in sculptural form th...
Guido Gambone
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950-1959 Italy 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 ...
Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
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 ...
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Antique Mid-19th Century England 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 body with a gold medal for his work. ...
Walter Gropius, Ben Thompson
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950-1959 United States 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 car...
Jean Prouvé
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
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...
Georges Jouve
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950-1959 France Modern Ceramics
Earthenware
A handsome Georges Jouve tray, glazed in the great ceramist's beloved gunmetal black, with a typically Jouvian representation of a radiant, pouty-faced sun. Made in the early 1950s. ...
Herman Miller, George Nelson
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950-1959 United States Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Steel, Laminate, PVC
A modular two-place sofa, with an integrated coffee table, from George Nelson's "Steel Frame" collection, made by Herman Miller. The three modules can be reconfigured to su...
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Antique Late 19th Century Japan Japonisme Animal Sculptures
Bronze
A beautiful bronze playful puppy. Lovely to hold. Provenance: The Camilla and Earl McGrath Collection (until 2017) ; Joseph Rodina Gallery (until 1972)  
Verner Panton, Rosenthal Studio Line
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960-1969 Germany Scandinavian Modern Porcelain
Porcelain
A set of ten very groovy late 1960s porcelain dinner plates by Verner Panton, Denmark's grooviest modernist. Their colors and elliptical shape make them rather fun to eat off of. Mad...
Kay Bojesen
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1940-1949 Denmark Scandinavian Modern Toys
Wood
Two life-size versions of Kay Bojesen's iconic wooden Guardsmen flanked the entrance to his Copenhagen shop, which was located near the Royal Palace. This drummer is in lovely condit...

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