Sam Kaufman Gallery Folk Art

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. .
Hand-Painted Wooden Danish Royal Guardsman by Kay Bojesen
Hand-Painted Wooden Danish Royal Guardsman by K...
Kay Bojesen
Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Toys
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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...
Oil Painting by Karl Nolde ("Kanol")
Oil Painting by Karl Nolde ("Kanol")
Karl Nolde (Kanol)
Vintage 1950s American Paintings
Karl Nolde, born in Leipzig in 1902, was a German Expressionist painter who Nazi Germany in the 1930s, after spending three years as a political prisoner. He then lived in many diffe...
Large Ceramic Mural by Roger Capron
Large Ceramic Mural by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Vintage 1960s French Decorative Art
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...
Mwana Hiti Fertility Dolls
Mwana Hiti Fertility Dolls
Zaramo People
Vintage 1950s Tanzanian Tribal More Folk Art
Wood
These fertility dolls from East Africa are marvellously stylized abstract sculptures, with a highly sophisticated form and expertly carved details. The culture which produced them, t...
Ethnographic Assemblage
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 ...
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