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
Rugs & Kilims | 53Oriental Rugs & Kilims from American Estates | 53 | Live Showroom Auction: Wednesday, August 31, 2022, 11AM ET. Public Exhibition: August 29-30, 11am-4pm, appointment required; please email a list of lots you wish to inspect, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Bidder Reviews for Material Culture (630)
4.6 out of 5.0 Stars
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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 🙏 🇱 🇧 🙏
May 26, 2022
That may have been the most carefully packed vase I've ever seen. Thank you!
May 19, 2022
great place to deal with
great place to deal with
May 18, 2022
Excellent contact, well described. Super item …..
May 16, 2022
Totally Charming Naive Animal Figures
I have purchased several items through Material Culture, and my experience has been good. Sometimes they are not on target with cataloging, but they auction diverse items and cannot know everything. I bought this lot on a whim, and they are not African animals/pipes as described but rather South American in origin. No matter because they exceeded my expectations and are utterly charming and fun. I just love them. They are not what I usually collect, but you can take a chance with Material Culture and end up with really cool stuff, plus they always answer pre-auction questions promptly.
Apr 27, 2022
Responsive to Questions
This was the first time I've used Material Culture and my experience was good. They were responsive to my requests to measure the item, as I was deciding to pick it up or ship it. Excellent service, everything went smoothly even though I changed my mind in the process.
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