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 (656)

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Medley, FL

Jan 15, 2023
Tribal Bronze Votive of a Goddess, Bastar Region, India, 19th C.

Nesquehoning, PA

Dec 12, 2022
Excellent to deal with.
Excellent experience all around.
Jack Savitsky (American, 1910-1991) Drawing

Sugar Hill, GA

Dec 05, 2022
Authentic Antique Trade Beads
Beautiful Authentic, Field-used Tribal Item, As Usual... Thanks Material Culture!!
Naga Multi Strand Glass Bead Bead Necklace

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.
2 Antique Nepalese Phurbas

Kuala Lumpur, MY

Nov 12, 2022
One of my favourite auction houses...
... and always very easy to deal with. Thank you very much.
Rare Minangkabau Cover For Ceremonial Betel Stand, West Sumatra, Indonesia, Early 20th C.

Hyde Park, MA

Nov 12, 2022
Happy with everything
Happy with everything. Thanks!
Gashgai Rug, Persia, Late 19th C., 4'3'' x 5'5''

Port 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.
19th C. Bronze of a Chinese Deity Figure

Englewood, NJ

Sep 26, 2022
1ZX1A ********** 5 Very good explanation...
Fine object
Art Glass Dome Lamp Shade

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