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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Rare Enamel Tray by Guido Gambone
Guido Gambone
Vintage 1950-1959 Italy Modern More Furniture and Collectibles
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...
Table Lamp by Guido Gambone
Guido Gambone
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 ...
Coffee Table with Inlaid Decoration by Tapio Wi...
Tapio Wirkkala
Vintage 1950-1959 Finland Scandinavian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Birch, Rubber, Steel
Tapio Wirkkala (Finnish, 1915-1985) was the consummate form-giver of the middle of the 20th century. He tried his craggy artisan's hand at every possible type of design project, with...
Pair of "Gabriella" Chairs by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1970-1979 Italy Modern Side Chairs
The typology of folding chairs was at one point an object of much interest in Italy. Deriving from 19th century Campaign furniture, but expressing the revolutionary values of tempora...
Stool/Occasional Table by Thonet
Early 20th Century Austria Aesthetic Movement Stools
From Gebruder Thonet, the pioneering company to whom the rest of the modernist furniture movement was indebted. With a frame made up entirely of six circular wooden hoops fastened to...
"Colonial" Settee by Ole Wanscher
Ole Wanscher
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...
Set of Eight Dining Chairs by Walter Gropius
Walter Gropius, Ben Thompson
Vintage 1950-1959 United States Modern Dining Room Chairs
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...
Marble Portrait Bust of George Boole, F.R.S. by...
Thomas Earle
Antique Mid-19th Century England Neoclassical Busts
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. ...
Pair of Jugendstil Armchairs by Richard Riemers...
Richard Riemerschmid
Antique 1900-1909 Germany Jugendstil Armchairs
The German architect Richard Riemerschmid was a leading exponent of the Munich Secession and designed a fascinating variety of objects: furniture, ceramics, textiles, glassware, etc....
Long Sofa by Hans Wegner
Hans J. Wegner
Vintage 1950-1959 Denmark 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...
Important "Farsta" Vase by Wilhelm Kåge
Wilhelm Kåge
Vintage 1950-1959 Sweden Scandinavian Modern Vases
A massive, thick-walled vase made in 1958, by the great Wilhelm Kåge with elaborately carved, asymmetrical decoration. This superb piece was, when finished, so satisfying to its make...
"Lawo" Lounge Chair by Han Pieck
Han Pieck
Vintage 1940-1949 Netherlands Modern Lounge Chairs
The Lawo chair, so named because it was made of LA-minated WO-od, was brilliantly constructed from a single sheet of birch plywood, which is cut and then bent in different planes to ...

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