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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Sugar Land, TX

Mar 20, 2023
Great auction house with lots of interesting items. One of the auction houses that I make a point of following.
Antique Chinese Silver Dragon Box, Wang Hing and Co., Hong Kong

Austin, TX

Mar 20, 2023
The Best!
I always look forward to buying from Material Culture! Great items and great service!!
Malayer Rug, Persia, Early 20th C., 3'6'' x 12'7''

Tonasket, WA

Mar 16, 2023
Quality items with an easy transaction
Great experience with this auction house. Had to use an external shipper but it was no problem (Material Culture made it very smooth). The items themselves were top quality for a very good price.
Kozak/Bergama Rug, Turkey, Mid 19th C., 2'3'' x 2'7''

Cranston, RI

Feb 26, 2023
Pro s and confidence
Group of Antique African Currency Bracelets and Anklets

Berlin, DE

Feb 21, 2023
Very good experience with Material Culture..
It's my second time in the past 2 years bidding and winning some ethnographic items from Material Culture auctions. Nothing special to say here-everything went smoothly, they responded personally to my simple small questions, i received the items safely (via one of their recommended shippers) and feel 100 % satisfied with the entire process. Thanks again, M. C.!
3 African Kuba Shoowa Prestige Cloths, DRC, Mid 20th C.

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

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