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Sam Kaufman Gallery

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 middle of the last century. Sam sees 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, from a connoisseur searching for an elusive piece to complete a collection, to an interior designer looking for an unusual lounge chair for a client’s screening room, or anybody shopping for a special gift. Born in New York City, Sam has nurtured an interest in architecture and design since he was awarded a Bronze Medal in the 1968 Jones Beach Sand Castle Building Contest. He went on to receive his BA in Semiotics at Brown University, and an MFA at the University of Southern California. Discounts are offered to customers who can sing any Francoise Hardy song acapella. .
Pair of "Bastiano" Chairs by Afra and Tobia Scarpa
Pair of "Bastiano" Chairs by Afra and Tobia Scarpa
Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Armchairs
Walnut
Something of an update of Gerrit Rietveld's avant-garde "Crate" chair, the "Bastiano" was itself a highly influential design. It is often mistaken for being a product of the 'seventi...
Wall-Plaque by Roger Capron
Wall-Plaque by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Vintage 1960s French Modern Decorative Art
Earthenware
This ceramic wall-plaque by Roger Capron, with an impressed, stylized image of a fish, is very south-of-France. Made up of five glazed tiles, and framed in oiled European beechwood. ...
Aluminum "BA3" Chair by Ernest Race
Aluminum "BA3" Chair by Ernest Race
Ernest Race
Vintage 1940s British Modern Side Chairs
Aluminum
Introduced at the V&A Museum's "Britain Can Make It" exhibition of 1946, Ernest Race's "BA3" chair was the UK's first icon of Mid-Century Modernism, an early sign of the optimism tha...
Ceramic Wall-Plaque by Roger Capron
Ceramic Wall-Plaque by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Vintage 1960s French Decorative Art
Earthenware, Wood
A quasi-medieval, folkish image of a woman carrying her wares to market. The design is impressed into the clay, as well as glazed. From Roger Capron's atelier in Vallauris, France. S...
Photograph by Éric Valli
Photograph by Éric Valli
Eric Valli
Late 20th Century French Photography
Éric Valli is a fascinating French ethnographic photographer best known for his excellent work in the National Geographic Magazine. Specializing in photoessays on people living and w...
Dining Table by Marvin Drandell
Dining Table by Marvin Drandell
Marvin Drandell
21st Century and Contemporary American Dining Room Tables
Steel, Brass
Marvin Drandell is a Los Angeles-based designer and maker of bespoke furniture. Trained as a scientist, Drandell treats each new project as a technical exploration.<br /> <br /> Th...
"Mailbox" Floor Lamp by Charles Hollis Jones
"Mailbox" Floor Lamp by Charles Hollis Jones
Charles Hollis Jones
Vintage 1960s American Modern Floor Lamps
Acrylic
If designer Charles Hollis Jones has not explored every possible combination of acrylic and chrome-plated steel, it is because he has to spend at least some of his time entertaining ...
Original Art for 1970s Movie Poster
Original Art for 1970s Movie Poster
Daryl Millsap
Vintage 1970s American Posters
"The Marseille Contract" ("The Destructors" in the USA) was a 1974 action movie starring Michael Caine, Anthony Quinn and James Mason. This is the original groovy artwork for the fil...
"Refuge" by John Bowman
"Refuge" by John Bowman
John Bowman
Late 20th Century American Paintings
Oil, Canvas
John Bowman, now a Professor of Art at Penn State, has for thirty years participated in a great many solo exhibitions internationally. This 1985 painting was sold originally by his i...
Vase by Berndt Friberg

Vase by Berndt Friberg

By Berndt Friberg
Vase by Berndt Friberg
Berndt Friberg
Vintage 1960s Swedish Vases
Stoneware
In form and surface, this vase is unmistakably the work of Berndt Friberg. Never comfortable designing pieces for mass production, nor delegating throwing or glazing duties to assist...
Pendant Lamp by Tapio Wirkkala
Pendant Lamp by Tapio Wirkkala
Tapio Wirkkala
Vintage 1950s Finnish Chandeliers and Pendants
Glass
Wirkkala designed a wide range of handsome, classically Modernist lamps for the Finnish art-glass company Iitala in the 1950s and 1960s. Retains the manufacturer's decal label.
"Air" by Herbert Landegger

"Air" by Herbert Landegger

By Herbert Landegger
"Air" by Herbert Landegger
Herbert Landegger
Late 20th Century American Sculptures
Bronze
"Air" is a beautifully cast bronze by Herbert Landegger (1930-2001), the Austrian-born California artist and designer. Landegger's sculpture appeared in many exhibitions, and was pub...
Prototype Chair by Charles Eames
Charles Eames
Vintage 1940s American Office Chairs and Desk Chairs
This molded plywood chair was an experimental maquette used at the Eames Office for testing dimensional variations in the DCW chair. The legs and central spine are segmented, and whe...

Vase by Tunsi Girard

By Tunsi Girard
Vase by Tunsi Girard
Tunsi Girard
Vintage 1960s Italian Vases
Earthenware
PLEASE NOTE: THIS PIECE IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD A colorful vase by Tunsi Girard, Florentine ceramist and brother of "designer's designer" Alexander Girard. Tunsi and Alexander grew u...
Pair of George Nelson Armchairs with Alexander ...
Alexander Girard, Herman Miller, George Nelson
Vintage 1950s American Armchairs
Fabric, Upholstery
An elegant George Nelson armchair that you never see. This pair was upholstered in Alexander Girard fabric, the exuberance of which plays nicely with the severity of the chair's line...
Ceramic Lamp Shade by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Vintage 1960s French More Lighting
Earthenware
This charmingly hand-painted ceramic cylinder is a shade for a pendant lamp.
19th Century Swiss Chair
Antique 19th Century Swiss Side Chairs
Wood
This is a particularly elaborate example of a traditional Swiss chair. It was made in the 19th century in the Alpenzell region of Switzerland, and features beautiful carving in a bar...
Faience Plate / Wall-Plaque by Jean Lurçat
Vintage 1950s French Tableware
Earthenware
The post-Cubist French artist Jean Lurçat is best known for his fantastic tapestries, but his paintings, designs for the stage, and ceramics were also influential. The anthropomorphi...
Set of Nesting Tables in Rosewood by Ole Wanscher
Ole Wanscher
Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Nesting Tables and Stacking Tables
Ash, Rosewood
The rosewood used for these three tables is gorgeously figured. Their very crisp condition is also remarkable. Designed in the mid-1960s by Ole Wanscher for Haslev Møbelsnedkeri. ...
Ceramic Lamp Shade by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Vintage 1950s French Table Lamps
Earthenware
This charmingly hand-painted ceramic cylinder is a shade for a pendant lamp.

Sofa by Florence Knoll

By Florence Knoll
Sofa by Florence Knoll
Florence Knoll
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Wood
An early design by Florence Knoll, and manufactured by her own company. This sofa is extremely comfortable, in spite of its somewhat austere, "architectural" appearance. Re-upholstered.
Leather Giraffe by Deru
Deru
Vintage 1960s German Modern Animal Sculptures
A half-century ago, a German company called Deru made beautifully crafted figures of various animals with an imaginative, origami-like technique of crimping/sewing/riveting a single ...
Braun Cylindric T2 Lighter and HL70 Desk Fan
Dieter Rams, Reinhold Weiss
Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Desk Accessories
Plastic, Steel, Aluminum
Of all the design schools that claimed descent from the legendary Bauhaus, the most influential was the Ulm Hochschule für Gestaltung. These two objects are excellent representatives...
Porcelain Vase by Cuno Fischer & Bjorn Wiinblad
Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vases
Porcelain
Cuno Fischer (Germany, 1914-1973) and Bjorn Wiinblad (Denmark, 1918 - 2006), both painters, both designers of theatrical productions, and both creators of mod ceramics, together desi...
Meccano No.1 Constructor Car
Vintage 1930s English Models and Miniatures
Rubber
In 1932, Meccano Ltd. -- the makers of the classic line of engineering / construction toys (the earlier British equivalent of the American "Erector Set") -- introduced the Meccano Mo...
Pair of Bjorn Wiinblad Figures
Bjorn Wiinblad
Vintage 1950s Danish Figurative Sculptures
Earthenware
Early handmade studio pieces in perfect condition from the idiosyncratic Danish artist Bjorn Wiinblad. Signed.

Vase by Berndt Friberg

By Berndt Friberg
Vase by Berndt Friberg
Berndt Friberg
Vintage 1960s Swedish Vases
Stoneware
A unique studio vase, in form and surface of obviously Chinese inspiration, but also of unmistakably Scandinavian/Modernist craftsmanship. One of the most expert ceramists who ever l...
Dining Table by Tommi Parzinger
Tommi Parzinger
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Tables
Satinwood, Brass
A fine Tommi Parzinger dining table of lacquered Honduras mahogany with satinwood inlay, and frame and legs of bleached mahogany. German-born Parzinger's modernism was heavily Europ...
Lithograph by Stig Lindberg
Stig Lindberg
Vintage 1970s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Prints
Paper
A softly surreal 1977 work by Stig Lindberg, numbered 99 from the edition of 280 pieces. Signed "Stig L. - 77" in pencil by the artist. Framed. (The artwork itself measures 12 inches...
Tall Vase by Berndt Friberg
Berndt Friberg
Vintage 1950s Swedish Vases
Stoneware
Classical perfection. Never comfortable designing pieces for mass production, nor delegating throwing or glazing duties to assistants, Friberg was the consummate potter, happiest ...
"Leda and the Swan" by Wilhelm Kåge
Wilhelm Kåge
Vintage 1950s Swedish Drawings
Though best known as one of Sweden's greatest ceramists, Wilhelm Kåge (1889-1960) began as a painter, studying in Paris under Henri Matisse. When he returned to Stockholm, he became ...

Vases by Christopher Dresser

By Christopher Dresser
Vases by Christopher Dresser
Christopher Dresser
Antique 19th Century English Aesthetic Movement Vases
Earthenware
British polymath Dr. Christopher Dresser is widely regarded to be the first professional industrial designer, as well as one of the very first people in any discipline who can accura...
Very Tall Post-Modernist Torchiere
Late 20th Century Unknown Floor Lamps
Metal
Well-made but of unknown origin, this rather tall torchiere is clearly in the Sottsass/Memphis/"anti-design"/Alchimia style of 1980s Italy.
"Hiidennyrkki" Sculptures by Timo Sarpaneva
Timo Sarpaneva
Vintage 1950s Finnish Sculptures
The "Hiidennyrkki" glass sculpture was created by Timo Sarpaneva in 1951, obviously influenced by the work of Henry Moore. This pair comprises both tall and medium-sized examples of ...
Artemide "Alistro" Table Lamp by Ernesto Gismondi
Late 20th Century Italian Modern Table Lamps
Steel, Plastic
A fully adjustable Artemide table lamp that fulfills its function perfectly, and looks great without drawing too much attention to itself. Great condition.
Coffee Table by Marvin Drandell
Marvin Drandell
Late 20th Century American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Stainless Steel, Aluminum
Marvin Drandell is a Los Angeles-based designer and maker of bespoke furniture. Trained as a scientist, Drandell treats each new project as a technical exploration. He solves the p...
Floor Lamp by Marvin Drandell
Marvin Drandell
21st Century and Contemporary American Floor Lamps
Zebra Wood
Marvin Drandell's most recent masterpiece. A unique piece, laboriously handmade by the artist. Fantastic presence in any room.
Pair of Marcel Breuer for Knoll "Wassily" Chair...
Marcel Breuer, Knoll International
Vintage 1960s American Armchairs
Chrome, Steel
Designed in 1925 by Bauhaus exponent Marcel Breuer, the model B3 chair is best known as the "Wassily" chair, named after painter Wassily Kandinsky (an early admirer and owner of the ...
Ethnographic Assemblage
Antique 19th Century Sculptures
Wood
Two distinct 19th century objects make up this simple "assemblage": a Zulu weapon called a knobkierrie, and an old Japanese cutting block. Each component is blessed with a beautiful ...
Warren McArthur Folding Chairs
Warren McArthur
Vintage 1940s American Armchairs
Warren McArthur was America's greatest pre-war furniture designer. Four of his wonderful folding chairs -- in lovely, completely original condition -- are available, sold individua...
Vase by Ico and Luisa Parisi
Ico Parisi, Luisa Parisi
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases
Porcelain
In the 1960s, legendary furniture designers Ico and Luisa Parisi also designed ceramics for Zanolli & Sebellin.
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