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Material Culture

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.

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Bidder Reviews for Material Culture (561)

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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.
Toronto, Canada
Jul 10, 2021
Great Auction House!Buy with confidence. I was very happy with the service and quick professional reply. Easy and professional to work with! 10 star service!
John Carleton Wiggins (American,1848-1932)
Beirut, Lebanon
Jun 29, 2021
Great experience! Many Thanks From Beirut Lebanon. Great item!Great experience! Many Thanks From Beirut Lebanon. Great item!
Large Kazak Rug, Caucasus, Circa 1900, 6'5'' x 10'10''
Salinas, California
May 30, 2021
A Fine AuctioneerWe have won seceral lots from Material Cuylture over the past year and each time we were treated with courtesy and respect and total professionalism. We highly recommend Material Culture.
Daytona Beach, Florida
May 29, 2021
Brooklyn, New York
May 20, 2021
My favorite auction houseHave never purchased a piece of art here that I didn't love, and the team is more than helpful whenever I've had any questions. Highly recommended!
Santiago Chile, Chile
May 13, 2021
That you need to find a packer and shipper, the Philadelphia Warehouse link has worked well.Material Culture has great material for the Asian textile collector, as well as unusual pieces of 'primitive' art at reasonable prices. This is my 3rd experience and every step has connected to get the pieces to home in South America. I look forward to the next sale. Another benefit is the clear descriptions. Keep on providing us with tempting material!
Mexican Wool Saltillo, , Early 20th C., 3'1'' x 6'8''
Paoli, Pennsylvania
May 13, 2021
Good folksGood operation. Nice variety of items.
Taino Double Headed Vessel

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