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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. .
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 ...
Rare Enamel Tray by Guido Gambone
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...
Modernist Rocking Horse from Denmark
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...
Leather Elephant by Deru
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...
Trompe L'oeil Umbrella Stand by Piero Fornasetti
Trompe L'oeil Umbrella Stand by Piero Fornasetti
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Umbrella Stands
Steel
A trompe l'oeil group of classical vases decorates the outer surface of a chic and practical umbrella stand. Designed by Fornasetti in the early 1950s, this example was made more rec...
Enamel by Studio Del Campo

Enamel by Studio Del Campo

By Studio Del Campo
Enamel by Studio Del Campo
Studio Del Campo
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Art
This beautiful platter / wall-plaque -- depicting two figures carrying foodstuffs to market, accompanied by a ravenous wolf-like creature -- was made in the early 1960s at the Del Ca...
Sterling Silver Hair Comb Sculpture by Art Smith
Sterling Silver Hair Comb Sculpture by Art Smith
Art Smith
Vintage 1950s American Modern Sculptures
Sterling Silver
This silver hair pin also happens to be a beautiful abstract sculpture which hints at being a female figure. When not in use atop your head, it can be displayed on its bespoke plinth...
Original "Cutaway" Drawing of the Lotus 20 Racing Car by Brian Hatton
Original "Cutaway" Drawing of the Lotus 20 Raci...
Brian Hatton
Vintage 1960s English Sporting Art Drawings
Other
Brian Hatton's painstaking "cutaway" drawings won him acclaim as one of Britain's great technical artists. This meticulously detailed pen and ink drawing (on illustration board) of t...
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
Wood
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...
"Le Coq" Sculpture by Roger Capron
"Le Coq" Sculpture by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
Vintage 1950s French Modern Animal Sculptures
Earthenware
A highly stylized figure of a rooster by the great French ceramist, Roger Capron. Marvelous reduction and development of the familiar forms that make up the body of a rooster. One is...
Maquette for Fountain by Jean Derval
Maquette for Fountain by Jean Derval
Vintage 1960s French Modern Architectural Models
Ceramic
This small maquette was made by Jean Derval as a study for a fountain. As a young man, Derval was Picasso's assistant in ceramic-making, and was throughout his career a central figur...
Uncut Lithographed Sheet of Italian Playing Cards
Uncut Lithographed Sheet of Italian Playing Cards
Alessandro Viassone
Vintage 1950s Italian Archaistic Prints
The typology of Italian playing cards is fascinating, with regional gaming traditions resulting in a wide variety of designs, even today. This old lithographed sheet, printed on heav...
Original "Cutaway" Drawing of the Lotus 30 Raci...
Brian Hatton
Vintage 1960s English Sporting Art Drawings
Other
Brian Hatton's painstaking cutaway drawings won him acclaim as one of Britain's great technical artists. This meticulously detailed pen and ink drawing (on illustration board) of the...
Pioneers of Modernity
Antique 19th Century English Victorian Books
The most important biological book ever written, and the most important children's book ever written, both of immeasurable importance to the development of the Modernist imagination....
17th Century Ranseur
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Swedish Decorative Boxes
Steel
The ranseur was a medieval European weapon which, though gradually made obsolete by the advent of firearms, persisted in regular use through the 17th century. Later ranseurs, such as...
Anonymous Kinetic Sculpture
Unknown
Vintage 1950s American Sculptures
Walnut
A fascinating sculpture, with a central panel that oscillates on its pivots, rather like a metronome. The panel is made up of a wood-framed, non-functional circuit board.
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
Aluminum, Steel, Plastic
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...
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...
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