Material Culture TOP RATED
With over three decades of experience in the fields of art, decorative arts and antiques from around the world, Material Culture applies its expertise to the appraising, consigning and selling of all kinds of artifacts from local, national and international consignors, including estates, private individuals, trusts, businesses, educational and cultural institutions. Located in Philadelphia, Material Culture prides itself on being a full-service auction house, with the ability to take on single items, collections, or entire estates, through the wide variety of auctions it offers. Material Culture's experience in the global market contributes to the strong showing of buyers overseas as well as domestically, with educated bidders from 30+ countries regularly participating in their high-energy sales. Material Culture is dedicated to providing individualized attention to consignors, buyers and the artifacts up for sale throughout the entire auction process. The expert staff works to stay up-to-date on the developments of the global market, and applies experience, attention and care from appraisal to promotion. Consignors take note: Material Culture offers a no-surprises, competitive flat fee that takes into account all of the expenses associated with finding the best market for an item; there are no special charges for photography, internet listings, insurance, etc. Material Culture aims to exceed expectations and make the auction experience the best it can be for both consignors and buyers. Material Culture’s exhibition galleries, nearly 20,000 square feet of naturally-lit space, are housed under the same roof as Material Culture’s 40,000+ square foot retail space and cafe, at 4700 Wissahickon Avenue, located off the Roosevelt Expressway, only 10 minutes from Philadelphia’s city center. This location is an easy, quick distance for either visitors or residents of the area, an advantage over auction houses far from a large metropolitan center. At the same time, this location provides spacious, hassle-free parking facilities, avoiding a problem that can plague auction houses in dense urban areas. Both exhibitions and auctions take place in Material Culture’s dedicated spaces, and participate in Philadelphia’s status as a city of the arts. Material Culture has always believed that art is for everyone, and aims to make participation in the auction business easier and more accessible to a spectrum of art lovers, for the convenience of the local community, and to the benefit of collectors and enthusiasts worldwide.
Upcoming Auctions from Material Culture
Oriental Rugs from American Estates | 56Oriental Rugs from American Estates | 56 | Live Showroom Auction: Thursday, December 8, 2022, 10AM ET. Public Exhibition: December 5-6-7, 11am-4pm, appointment required; please email a list of lots you wish to inspect, contact email@example.com. Also accepting phone and absentee bids. This is a NO RESERVE AUCTION: there are no hidden or confidential reserves, all acceptable bidding commences at the online START PRICE. LOT ORDER: 1-11 (Tibetan), 12-25 (Chinese), 26-160 (Antique Decorative Rugs), 161-166 (Books), 167-239 (Trappings, Bags, Kilims), 240-287 (Caucasian), 288-327 (Persian Village & Nomad), 328-352 (Anatolian), 353-395 (Turkmen, C. Asian), 396-414 (Baluch), 415-426 (Mexican & More)
BIG TENT 2 | ESTATES | NO RESERVESBIG TENT 2 | Estate Antiques, Decorative Arts & Collectibles | Fine, Folk, Asian, Ethnographic & Textile Arts | Live Showroom Auction: Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 10AM ET. Public Exhibition: December 12 - 13, 11AM - 4PM. This is a NO RESERVE AUCTION: there are no hidden or confidential reserves, all acceptable bidding commences at the ONLINE START PRICE. Please let us know if you would like to receive a condition report or have any specific questions regarding the condition of a lot. Condition reports will be sent during the week prior to the auction, and can be requested via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone: 215-438-4700. Absence of a statement to condition in the description does not construe a statement of any kind. Please refer to Terms and Conditions of the sale.
Bidder Reviews for Material Culture (646)
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James D.Bristol, GB
Nov 28, 2022
Totally smooth transaction
The whole process from bidding to payment was both fast and smooth for me, a buyer outside the USA. The auction house does not provide in-house shipping BUT I used their recommendation of ********** who were excellent, Sean at 'usmailroom' was excellent and organised everything at a VERY fair price and shipped the item fast and well packed. I Definitely recommend Material Culture and ********** -this was a Very positive experience.
KenKuala Lumpur, MY
Nov 12, 2022
One of my favourite auction houses...
... and always very easy to deal with. Thank you very much.
MarkHyde Park, MA
Nov 12, 2022
Happy with everything
Happy with everything. Thanks!
DBPort Moody, CA
Oct 27, 2022
First Class Auction House-Package was shipped promptly and packed very well
The package was shipped promptly and packed very well. We will deal with you again and as an avid antique collector you have won us and our confidence in dealing with your team.
Sep 26, 2022
1ZX1A ********** 5 Very good explanation...
Jun 21, 2022
Good source for folk, outsider and self-taught art
Great piece of outsider art for a great price, thank you!
BarnabyGig Harbor, WA
Jun 17, 2022
Howard Chandler Christy
To find an original Howard Chandler Christy oil painting produced in 1942 is amazing. To purchase it for the price I paid is unheard of! Will continue to shop with this fabulous Auction House in the future. Thanks, BHB
Jun 10, 2022
Great Item! Thank you!
Great Work! Great items! A Big Thanks from Beirut Lebanon 🙏 🇱 🇧 🙏
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