Sam Kaufman Gallery Furniture

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. .
Blue Stamp by Yves Klein
Blue Stamp by Yves Klein
Yves Klein
Vintage 1950s French Modern Contemporary Art
Paper
Effectively an Yves Klein painting in miniature, this stamp is from a series Klein made in 1957 by painting blocks of blank stamps with what was to become his famous signature, the p...
Coffee Table with Inlaid Decoration by Tapio Wirkkala
Coffee Table with Inlaid Decoration by Tapio Wi...
Tapio Wirkkala
Vintage 1950s Finnish 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...
"Soleil" Vide-Poche by Georges Jouve
"Soleil" Vide-Poche by Georges Jouve
Georges Jouve
Vintage 1950s French 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. ...
Marble Portrait Bust of George Boole, F.R.S. by Thomas Earle
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...
Six Studio Vases by Stig Lindberg
Six Studio Vases by Stig Lindberg
Stig Lindberg
Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases
Stoneware
Prof. Stig Lindberg (1916-1982) was a man of very many talents, and his restless creativity yielded an amazing variety of objects. Their wide range of form, surface detail, and glaze...
Pair of Jugendstil Armchairs by Richard Riemerschmid
Pair of Jugendstil Armchairs by Richard Riemers...
Richard Riemerschmid
Antique Early 1900s German 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....
Ceramic Box by Guido Gambone
Ceramic Box by Guido Gambone
Guido Gambone
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes
Earthenware
This boldly glazed, covered ceramic box was made by Italy's foremost post-war ceramist -- Guido Gambone -- in his Florence, Italy atelier in the 1950s. It can be used to house jewelr...
Pair of Frank Lloyd Wright Low Tables
Pair of Frank Lloyd Wright Low Tables
Frank Lloyd Wright
Vintage 1950s American Modern End Tables
Mahogany
A pair of striking, architectural tables/stools designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Henredon in 1955. The edges of the triangular tops are carved with Wright's famous Taliesen "Greek ...
Important "Farsta" Vase by Wilhelm Kåge
Important "Farsta" Vase by Wilhelm Kåge
Wilhelm Kåge
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases
Stoneware
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...
Vase by Guido Gambone

Vase by Guido Gambone

By Guido Gambone
Vase by Guido Gambone
Guido Gambone
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Vases
Earthenware
A beautiful 1950s faience vase by post-war Italy's most celebrated ceramist, decorated with a colorful, Mondrianesque pattern. Signed with Gambone's famous "Donkey" mark. In perfect ...
Headboard by Frank Lloyd Wright

Headboard by Frank Lloyd Wright

By Frank Lloyd Wright
Headboard by Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright
Vintage 1950s American Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Leather, Mahogany
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Henredon in 1955, this headboard for a king-size bed is made of solid African mahogany, its edges carved with Wright's distinctive Taliesen "Greek ...
Vase by Antonia Campi

Vase by Antonia Campi

By Antonia Campi
Vase by Antonia Campi
Antonia Campi
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Vases
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...
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...

Sofa by Hans Wegner

By Hans J. Wegner
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...
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...
"Stag" Stirrup Cup by Gucci
Gucci
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Vases
Metal
It's 1972, and you are mounted atop your 17hh thoroughbred about to ride to hounds on a fox hunt on the North Shore of Long Island. A toast is made before the action begins, so you r...
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...
"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...
"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...
"New York" Sofa by Katavolos, Littell and Kelle...
Katavolos, Littel, & Kelly, Laverne International
Vintage 1950s American Modern Sofas
Leather, Steel
The chic "New York" sofa was designed in 1952 by William Katavolos, Ross Littell and Douglas Kelley for the adventurous New York manufacturer of luxury furniture, Laverne Internation...
"Porcelaine Noire" Teapot by Tapio Wirkkala
Tapio Wirkkala, Rosenthal GmbH
Vintage 1960s German Scandinavian Modern Porcelain
Porcelain
Produced in Germany by Rosenthal from 1963 until 1975 in matte black porcelain (with high gloss to the top of the lid), with a handle of teak and silver-plated brass, this exquisite ...
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...
Molded Plywood Trays by Tapio Wirkkala
Tapio Wirkkala
Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Serving Pieces
Plywood
Two "Fincraft" molded plywood trays (one large, and one medium-sized), designed in the 1950s by Tapio Wirkkala for Soinne et Kni, Helsinki. Soinne was the same company which produced...
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 ...

Vase by Guido Gambone

By Guido Gambone
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...
"Colonial" Settee by Ole Wanscher
Ole Wanscher
Vintage 1940s Danish 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...
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...
Ceramic Tray by Georges Jouve
Georges Jouve
Vintage 1950s French 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...
"Lawo" Lounge Chair by Han Pieck
Han Pieck
Vintage 1940s Dutch Modern Lounge Chairs
Plywood
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 ...
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...
Pair of "Gabriella" Chairs by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1970s Italian 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...
Pair of Farsta Vases by Wilhelm Kåge
Wilhelm Kåge
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases
Stoneware
Wilhelm Kåge, originally a student of Matisse, became the grand old man of Swedish ceramics, and creator of the 20th century's greatest series of studio ceramics: the famous Farsta c...
Stool/Occasional Table by Thonet
Thonet
Early 20th Century Austrian Aesthetic Movement Stools
Beech
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...
Lamp/Sculpture by Juliette Derel
Juliette Derel
Vintage 1960s French Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Earthenware, Resin
Almost any room can benefit from a dash of south-of-France 1960s chic. This unusual and highly groovy Juliette Derel ceramic lamp contains six colored-resin windows - oval blocks enc...
Aubusson Tapestry by André Borderie
Andre Borderie, Camille Legoueix Atelier
Vintage 1960s French Modern Tapestries
Tapestry, Wool
André Borderie (1923-1998) was an energetic French painter, sculptor and ceramist, an ardent experimentalist with form whose work has attracted renewed interest by connoisseurs in th...

Vase by Guido Gambone

By Guido Gambone
Vase by Guido Gambone
Guido Gambone
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Ceramics
Earthenware
An excellent slab-built vase of rectangular section, made in the early 1950s by Guido Gambone, post-war Italy's most celebrated ceramist. Decorated with abstract, almost glyphic desi...

Vase by Axel Salto

By Axel Salto
Vase by Axel Salto
Axel Salto
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vases
Stoneware
This gorgeous vase by Axel Salto has the most organic glaze I have ever seen on any ceramic object. It is as if the surface is saturated with chlorophyl. Resembling a large, imaginar...
1939 Japanese Art Deco Okimono Figure of a Bull...
Vintage 1930s Japanese Art Deco Animal Sculptures
Iron
This enameled iron sculpture of a bull by Hiramatsu Koshun has a substantial feel, and a lovely patina which contrasts nicely with the futuristic contours of the figure. A fine examp...
1956 "Farsta" Vase by Wilhelm Kåge
Wilhelm Kåge
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases
Stoneware
By Wilhelm Kåge, student of Matisse, grand old man of Swedish ceramics, and creator of the 20th century's greatest series of studio ceramics: his famous Farsta collection of the 1940...
Dining Table by Grete Jalk
Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Tables
Laminate, Rosewood
An impressive-looking dining table designed in 1960 by the great female Danish designer Grete Jalk, and made in Denmark by Poul Jeppesen. The frame and legs are made of solid Brazil ...

Dresser by Marvin Drandell

By Marvin Drandell
Dresser by Marvin Drandell
Marvin Drandell
1990s American Modern Dressers
Aluminum, Steel, Maple
Marvin Drandell is a Los Angeles-based designer and maker of bespoke furniture. Trained as a scientist, and long employed as a development engineer at a famous laboratory, Drandell t...
15th Century Mahasiddha
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Tibetan Tibetan Sculptures
Ormolu, Silver
An early and very fine gilt bronze representation of Dombi-Heruka, one of 84 Mahasiddhas (great beings) held in reverence by Tibetan Buddhists. Mahasiddhas were believed to have been...
Wall-Plaque by Georges Jouve
Georges Jouve
Vintage 1950s French Modern Decorative Art
Ceramic
Made to be displayed as a wall-hung plaque, this large Georges Jouve piece would serve admirably as a charger or even a serving dish. Decorated in a marvelously spontaneous hand, wit...
Set of Nine Hand-Painted Faience Dinner Plates ...
Stig Lindberg
Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ceramics
Earthenware, Faience
This set of faience dinner plates (nine altogether, though only eight appear in the group photograph) was created by Stig Lindberg in the late 1940s to celebrate the various regions ...
"Le Village" Ceramic Mural by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art
Earthenware
A very charming, stylized depiction of a village in Provence. Characteristically, Capron hints at both medieval art and post-war modern graphics, along with a healthy dose of folk. G...
Enameled Steel Club Chair
Norman Bel Geddes
Vintage 1930s American Streamlined Moderne Club Chairs
Steel, Upholstery, Velvet
A characterful club chair made of enameled steel, with velvet upholstery, in the streamline Modern style. Attributed to the seminal American industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes, wh...
Modernist Rocking Horse from Denmark
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Toys and Dolls
Rope, Pine
A wonderful modernist interpretation of the Classic children's riding toy. The artisan who made it is unknown, but it was originally sold at Den Permanente ("The Permanent"), the leg...

Drawing by Wilhelm Kage

By Wilhelm Kåge
Drawing by Wilhelm Kage
Wilhelm Kåge
Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Drawings
Paper
This study of nudes, an original drawing in pen and ink and wash, was completed by Kage in 1945. Though best known as one of Sweden's greatest ceramists, Wilhelm Kage (1889-1960) beg...
Rare Coffee Table by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Vintage 1970s French Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
This exquisite table attracts the eye as much for its Perriandesque form and construction as it does for the beautifully realized artwork which triumphantly decorates the top. This w...
Llama by Barney Reid
Barney Reid
Vintage 1940s American Sculptures
Stoneware, Ceramic
Barney Reid was a highly original and versatile artist/designer and early member of post-war San Diego's important Allied Craftsmen group. Reid's studio produced a fantastic variety ...
"Teddy Roosevelt" Japanese Marionette Head, cir...
Early 20th Century Japanese Meiji Sculptures
Brass, Wood
Originally part of a satirical but oddly expressive marionette puppet representing U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt. An important foreign figure to the Japanese in the first years of t...
"Pan" Sculpture by Michel Anasse
Michel Anasse
Vintage 1960s French Modern Figurative Sculptures
Iron
This beautiful representation of a flute-playing "Pan" was created in the mid-1960s by the idiosyncratic French artist Michel Anasse, whose work as a sculptor and ceramist is lately ...
Set of Ten Porcelain Plates by Verner Panton fo...
Verner Panton, Rosenthal Studio Line
Vintage 1960s German 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. T...
Four Iron Pulls by Louis Sullivan
Louis Sullivan
Antique 1890s American Modern Architectural Elements
Iron
These four pulls, made of bronzed iron, were originally affixed to window sashes in the Chicago Stock Exchange, an important milestone in the early development of modernist architect...
Centerpiece or Wall-Plaque by Antonio Prieto
Antonio Prieto
Vintage 1960s American Modern Contemporary Art
Stoneware
California studio potter and influential teacher Antonio Prieto was a master of experimentation, while also always remaining faithful to the obligation to history that ceramics-makin...
Studio Vase by Stig Lindberg
Stig Lindberg
Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases
Stoneware
The centaur was Stig Lindberg's favorite mythological figure, one he returned to in his work repeatedly. The surface of this unique studio vase, which was made in 1961, is decorated ...
French "Prouvésque" Metal Table with Compass Legs
Jean Prouvé
Vintage 1950s French Modern Side Tables
Steel
This French console table is an elaborate and expressive steel structure exquisitely made from folded and welded steel, mostly of triangular section. Which invites a comparison with ...
Double Column Table Lamp by Georges Pelletier
Georges Pelletier
Vintage 1970s French Candle Holders
Earthenware
Made by French ceramist Georges Pelletier in the early 1970s, the two columns of this wild ceramic sculpture each conceal a candle. The flickering light of the candles escapes from t...
1940 Table Lamp by Axel Salto
Axel Salto
Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps
Stoneware
A gorgeous blanc de chine table lamp modelled in Salto's signature "budding style". Also displays beautifully as a tall vase. Made in 1940. Signed "Salto".
Leather Elephant by Deru
Deru
Vintage 1960s German Modern Animal Sculptures
Brass, Leather
A half-century ago, a German company called Deru made beautifully crafted figures of various animals with an imaginative, origami-like technique of crimping, cutting, folding, sewing...
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