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Padmini Boutique at Material Culture Holiday Sale

Holiday Sale at Padmini boutique:
Holiday Gifts from Nepal and India
Winter Gloves and hats. New leggings and sweaters.
Tribal bags with antique embroidery and leather, tribal runners and zari purses and clutches. Vintage hand stitched jackets. Hand made gifts and
Much More! 20% – 40% Off!

December 19th, 2014|Retail Store, Store News|

Seeking Quality Consignments for The Collector’s Eye, March 8

We are currently seeking consignments for our upcoming auction of Fine, Folk, Self-Taught and Ethnographic Arts
Auction: Sunday, March 8, 2015, 10am est
Consignments accepted until January 31

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or Contact a specialist

December 16th, 2014|Auctions|

Invitation to Consign | Asian Arts, Antique Oriental Rugs and Textiles

We are currently seeking consignments for our upcoming auction of Asian Arts, Antique Oriental Rugs and Textiles
Auction: Sunday, March 22, 2015, 10am est
Consignments accepted until February 6

Learn about selling at Material Culture auctions
or Contact a specialist

December 16th, 2014|Auctions|

December 7th Sunday Seasonal Buffet Snapshots

Snapshots from Aliza Green’s Seasonal Buffet, December 7th, 2014.

December 15th, 2014|Café|

Winter Estates: Art, Antiques, Americana, Oriental Rugs, Asian & Decorative Arts

Winter Estates: Art, Antiques, Americana, Oriental Rugs, Asian & Decorative Arts
Auction: Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10am est
Exhibition: December 18-19, 11am-5pm

Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on LiveAuctioneers.com
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Absentee Bid Form (PDF)  | Telephone Bid Form (PDF) | Terms and Conditions (PDF)

In the middle of the holiday season, Material Culture will host a Winter Estates sale subtitled “Art, Antiques, Decorative and Ethnographic Arts.” Over 700 lots come fresh to the market in this December 20 sale, including fine art, Oriental rugs, Asian decorative arts, and American advertising, ephemera and decorative arts. With a broad range of collectibles, a fine selection of vintage postcards, antique Continental ceramics, art books, and more, the auction promises to have tempting lots for almost every kind of collector.
Fine art at the auction presents pieces in many different genres. Oil pantings on canvas, such as “Bathing Boys” (lot 29), by Indonesian painter I.W.J. Munut (b. 1941) are on offer in the sale. A color woodcut by Luigi Rist (American, 1888-1959), titled “We Repeat (Still life with Radishes)” (lot 400) is charming with a hint of the surreal. Sculpture is led by a Curtis Jere tabletop sculpture of birds, rendered in bronze, flying upwards from […]

December 11th, 2014|Auctions|

Promoting Peace Through Art

Material Culture Presents: The Afghan Peace Rug Project
For the past 30 years, Afghan war rugs have been highly valued and internationally collected as pieces of modern folk art. These rugs, woven by Afghan village artisans since 1979 following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, depict images of the wars and conflict that have been a trademark of this country for the past three decades.

In an effort to both revitalize the Afghan economy and reshape its image from one of war to one of peace, Material Culture has partnered with a group of village rug producers in Afghanistan to launch the Peace Rug Project.

Working with the same village artisans who have been weaving images of tanks, guns and hand grenades for years, the Peace Rug Project has challenged these artisans to leave behind this imagery and weave instead images of peace. Small, folk-art sized wool carpets using natural dyes and depicting images of flowers, birds, animals, village life, and all manner of personal expression, have begun to emerge from Afghan villages and Material Culture is proud to bring them to the international market. This series of unique, one of a kind rugs, each depicting the weaver’s vision of the peaceful Afghanistan all […]

December 10th, 2014|Retail Store, Store News|

Aliza Green’s Seasonal Buffet

Baba Olga’s Café Presents Aliza Green’s Seasonal Buffet! Sunday December 28th Menu Noon-3pm BYOB

Brioche French Toast with Pennsylvania Maple Syrup (vegetarian)
Crispy North Country Bacon
Frittata with Bulgarian Feta, Grape Tomatoes, Mint & Dill
Red Wine-Poached Fig, Goat Cheese & Prosciutto Puff Pastry Tart
Roasted Cauliflower with Turmeric, Cumin & Turkish Maras Pepper:
Tahini Sauce & Pomegranate Molasses
Artisan Cheese Baked Ziti: Humbolt Fog aged goat cheese, Lionza aged cow’s milk cheese,
Vermont sharp cheddar; brown butter crumb topping
Pennsylvania Proud Beef & Porcini Meatballs in Tomato Cacciatore Sauce
MSC-Certified Chilean Sea Bass Provençal: grape tomatoes, olives, oranges, fennel, white wine
Medjadra: farro & French green lentils, caramelized shallots, coriander & cumin seed
Moroccan Orange, Fennel & Black Olive Salad

Almond Shortbread Bars with California Apricots & Almond Frangipane
Bittersweet Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies with Nutella Ganache Glaze
Fruit Macedonia with Spearmint

Jamaican Hibiscus Blossom & Spearmint Iced Tea
Small World Brewed Coffee /Assorted Mighty Leaf Teas
Filtered sparkling & still water

$24.00 per person; half-price for children 12 and under, BYOB Please note that a 15% gratuity will be added to the check for parties of 6 or more

Please Make Your Reservation for Sunday, December 28th

December 8th, 2014|Café|

The Peacebomb Collection at Material Culture

The Peacebomb collection by ARTICLE 22, a jewelry line designed from weapons of mass destruction, is now on sale at Material Culture and will be featured in our “Give Peace” for the Holidays event on December 14th

ARTICLE 22 has been recognized by global consumers and press as pioneering the transformation of weapons to jewelry and, more generally, the tangible value of transformation through fashion.

Driven dually by design and development, ARTICLE 22 cultivates the untapped talents of artisans in forgotten or off-the-beaten-track places, promoting entrepreneurship and community development.

ARTICLE 22 designs beautiful and meaningful collections that tell unknown stories and give back.
PEACEBOMB, the first collection, is jewelry made from Vietnam War era bombs by Laotian artisans.
ARTICLE 22 seeks to embody a new luxury that intimately relates our objects and ideas.

As appropriate, additional giveback benefits a broader cause. For PEACEBOMB, each bracelet sold demines 3m2 of bomb littered land. The collections are composed of modern artifacts with a distinct hand feel. They are designed for those concerned by authenticity and quality, those curious to discover.

Article 22 “I Love Peace” bangles are currently featured in the “My Favorite Things”  holiday gift promotion giveaway to 10 lucky winners, sponsored by the Philadelphia Daily News (click for details)

Buying Back the Bombs from ARTICLE 22

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December 3rd, 2014|Retail Store, Store News|

November 22nd Supper Club Snapshots

We’d like to thank everyone who helped make our Supper Club on November 22nd a great time for all who attended!

November 24th, 2014|Café|

Exhibition: Currency and Costume in Pre-Colonial Africa, November 22, 2014 – February 28, 2015

Exhibition, November 22nd-February 28th, 2015
Selections from the Isabella de la Houssaye and David Crane Collection
The population of Africa is one of the most diverse in the world with more than 3000 distinct ethnic groups and over 2100 spoken languages. Prior to colonization, each of these ethnic groups had distinct customs and artistic traditions that were reflected in both their costume and currency. Although these ethnic groups are now organized into “countries” and many have adopted western dress and traditions, to truly understand the political and cultural history of Africa you have to have some understanding of the different ethnic groups that populate these countries. This exhibition attempts to illustrate visually through items of traditional costume and currency the differences and similarities among many of these African ethnic groups. It examines how artistic and cultural traditions informed the costume and currency of the different tribes while also exploring what the costume and currency communicated about the people who wore/used it.

Prior to trade with the Europeans, traditional costume was made primarily from materials at hand—leather from animals, hand-woven textiles, textiles made from natural fibers, feathers and seeds, and objects fabricated from metals. The use of beads to make and adorn costume in Africa […]

November 16th, 2014|Store News|