The Kaufman Collection: The pursuit of excellence and a gift to the nation

Linda Kaufman is, in a word, indefatigable. She is tireless in her efforts to bring together lovers of American furniture, patrons of arts institutions, students of the decorative arts, scholars, and connoisseurs from across the globe. Her greatest pleasures are to be found in introducing new friends to old friends; in introducing enthusiastic travelers to new places; and, it must be said, in finding a new piece of Blue John. Linda's dedication to the decorative arts, and to the people who love them, is only surpassed by her legendary dedication to her late husband, George. They were a couple who devoted their lives to their family, to scholarship, to philanthropy, and to beauty in all of its variations. To be a guest at their elegant home was to enter an era of long-gone graciousness, with fresh-cut daffodils from the garden on the breakfast room table, George, in his dressing gown, reading the morning papers, and Linda on the phone, ordering fresh crabmeat for the evening's guests. Indeed, an extraordinary couple. 

Barbara and Ted Alfond

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[Compiled by Bill Stern, Executive Director at the Museum of California Design, Los Angeles. Originally published in "Curator's Eye" in Modern Magazi

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