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 th...Read More

Sam Kaufman Gallery

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Richard Riemerschmid
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Antique 1900-1909 Germany Jugendstil Armchairs
Beech
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....
Jean Prouvé
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1940-1949 France Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Steel, Oak, Plywood
Designed by Jean Prouvé in 1946, and made by his atelier for a few years thereafter, this futuristic-yet-ancient-looking desk for two is in completely original condition, with a gor...
Cassina, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1960-1969 Italy Modern Side Chairs
Leather, Rosewood
Introduced by Cassina in 1965, the "Model 121" chair was a very advanced design in its day, and has exuded chic since it first appeared in the apartments of architects and ...
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...
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 ...
Stilnovo, Ettore Sottsass
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1970-1979 Italy Modern Table Lamps
Plastic
A famous early 1970s design by the great Italian iconoclast Ettore Sottsass for Stilnovo. This unusual table lamp can be used vertically, or horizontally. Wonderful condition.
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. ...
Georges Jouve
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950-1959 France Modern Decorative Art
Ceramic
In its spontaneity, this Jouve ceramic is reminiscent of both Zen painting and Japanese Oribe pottery. It can be displayed on a table surface, or hung on the wall. Signed with the ar...
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...
Ulisse Pagliari
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1950-1959 Italy Vases
Earthenware
A wide vase of elliptical section, decorated with a wonderfully stylized townscape that wraps around the vessel. Signed [U. Pagliari / Made in Italy].
George Nakashima
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Vintage 1970-1979 United States Modern Rocking Chairs
Hickory, Walnut
As with all of "Japanese Shaker" Nakashima's work, the craftsmanship carries on a brisk dialog with the design: through-tenons secured by wedges of different-colored wood, ...
George Ohr
Offered By Sam Kaufman Gallery
Antique 19th Century United States Aesthetic Movement Decorative Bowls
Earthenware
From George Ohr (1857-1918), arguably the greatest American ceramist of all time. A gorgeous bowl, with Ohr's characteristic manipulated, thin-walled construction. In its asymmetrica...

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