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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.

Bidder Reviews for Material Culture (585)

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Brooklyn, New York

Dec 05, 2021
Great items and great service
This auction house is discerning and professional. A joy to deal with them!
Mexican Curpites Dance Mask, Michoacan, Early-Mid 20th

Nancy L.
Holland, Michigan

Dec 05, 2021
Above and Beyond
I emailed a question about condition of the rug and received several detailed images and a very prompt response. Payment, shipping and overall response was professional and pleasant. I would buy from them again without hesitation.
Tabriz Rug, Persia, Early 20th C., 9'5'' x 12'3''

Lyme, CT

Nov 16, 2021
Very organized
Item was received and is exactly how it was presented
Antique Birds Eye and Tiger Maple Plant Stand

Milton, Massachusetts

Oct 20, 2021
Interesting offerings
I learned about several cultures just by reading about some of the auction lots.
Aymara Mantita, La Paz, Bolivia, C. 1900

Burbank, California

Oct 05, 2021
Loved the items very much!! Item was as decribed
Received item on time and very good communication! All rugs were beautiful and i enjoyed them very much!
Armenian Inscribed Kazak Rug, Caucasus, Dated "1910"

East Hampton, New York

Sep 09, 2021
The very best most interesting auction house
I love this place and have felt this way for many years. Can’t beat the selection of fascinating items I’ve bought. Even the catalogues are a blast. Top shelf operation
African Folk Painted Cinema Poster, Ghana by Mr. Brew

Mobile, Alabama

Aug 17, 2021
Wonderful auction house for textiles and tribal art
I have purchased from this auction house a few times over the past 3 years and have never had anything but good experiences. Nice items, honest/appropriate assesment and reports of condition etc, they work well with transporters... my only regret at times has been allowing myself to be outbid on certain items:)
Two Antique Kerman Embroideries, Persia

Atlanta, Georgia

Jul 18, 2021
A splendid auction house. Very happy with the transaction.
Love this auction house. I had a great experience with them, bought two stunning rugs, and would be very happy to do business with them again.
Tekke Torba/Mafrash/Kap, Turkmenistan, Mid-19th C.

News about Material Culture

Morphy’s presents Tiffany lamps, fine jewelry, Amphora pottery, American art, Dec. 7-8

Morphy’s presents Tiffany lamps, fine jewelry, Amphora pottery, American art, Dec. 7-8

DENVER, Pa. –Morphy’s 45,000-square-foot gallery never looks more beautiful than just before the company’s December Fine & Decorative Arts Auction. That’s the time of year when visitors are greeted by a breathtaking array of Tiffany Studios lamps, fine jewelry, paintings, both European and American pottery and glass, and many other superior-quality art objects carefully curated […]

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