Auctions

Important Auction of Fine Jewelry, Silver & Objets de Vertu

Material Culture to auction superb silver, jewelry and objets de vertu from Princeton’s long-revered retail establishment The Silver Shop, Sept. 27-28 and Oct. 11-12
For 77 years, The Silver Shop played low-key host to a discriminating celebrity clientele
Weekend One– Auction in Philadelphia:
Exhibition: September 25-26, 11AM-5PM

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Day One: Saturday September 27, 2014, 11am
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Day Two: Sunday September 28, 2014, 11am
Browse the Day Two Auction Catalog on LiveAuctioneers.com

Absentee Bid Form (PDF)  | Telephone Bid Form (PDF)  |  Terms and Conditions (PDF)

Special Auction Preview and Reception in Princeton
Exhibition: Monday, September 22—Tuesday, September 23, 11am-5pm
Reception: Monday, September 22, 5pm-8pm, Refreshments Served
Location: Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart , 1128 Great Road, Princeton, NJ 08540

Since 1937, The Silver Shop in Princeton, New Jersey, has catered to a selective clientele that included not only blue-blooded Princetonians but also celebrities, politicians and design luminaries from around the world. America’s oldest retail silver specialist in continuous operation, The Silver Shop was the sort of quietly elite establishment where, in its earlier days, one might bump into Sir Laurence Olivier, Albert Einstein or members of the Guggenheim family browsing the upscale wares. Later, it became a favored gift emporium for […]

September 10th, 2014|Auctions|

Auctioning Large Single Owner Collections and Estates

Material Culture understands the unique challenges and opportunities of auctioning large single owner collections and estates. Where others may seek to cherry pick a limited group of high value items, we strive to see the bigger picture and tap its potential for making the whole greater than the sum of its parts. We invite all interested parties to contact us to discuss how Material Culture can best serve your practical and logistical needs while enhancing the value of the total package of items you wish to sell.

The GlaxoSmithKline Collection:
456 lots offered, 456 sold
 

 

 

The Kristina Barbara Johnson Estate:
851 lots offered, 831 sold
 

The Jonathan Demme Collection of Self-Taught Art:
1048 lots offered, 931 sold
 

 

 

August 4th, 2014|Auctions|

Auction of Fine, Self-Taught & Outsider Art on July 18, 2014

Auction: Friday, July 18, 2014, 10AM EST
Exhibition: July 16-17, 11AM-5PM
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Absentee Bid Form (PDF)  |  Telephone Bid Form (PDF) | Terms and Conditions (PDF)

Material Culture’s July 18 auction, “Fine, Self-Taught & Outsider Art,” provides a stage for many categories of art across its 564 lots. The auction house, a leader in folk and self-taught art, brings forward the work of many such artists in this sale, from the United States and around the world. Fine art consists primarily of American and European paintings, prints, and works on paper from the 19th century through the present day.

The sale commences at 10 AM, EST, on Friday, July 18, with Live Auctioneers providing live internet bidding. This diversity of art will be exhibited, free and open to the public, in Material Culture’s gallery space July 16-17, from 11 AM to 5 PM.

One of the leading artists in fine art is American painter March Avery (b. 1932), daughter of Milton Avery. Trained by her father, March’s work displays the focus on color relation, rendering the representational also abstract, that made Milton’s work so important amongst his colleagues Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman and Marsden Hartley. The […]

July 8th, 2014|Auctions|

June Estates Auction: June 22, 2014

June Estates Auction
Auction: Sunday, June 22, 2014, 11am
Exhibition: June 20–21, 10am–6pm
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Absentee Bid Form (pdf)  | Telephone Bid Form (pdf)

June 3rd, 2014|Auctions|

Auction of Fine & Outsider Art on Sunday, May 25, 2014

Auction: Sunday, May 25, 2014, 11AM

Exhibition: May 23 – 24, 10AM – 6PM
Material Culture’s Fine & Outsider Art Auction on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 11AM EST features 200+ lots of original artwork, including works by: Purvis Young,Victor Joseph Gatto, Justin McCarthy, Jessie Aaron, Lonnie Holley, Andrew Turner, Rex Clawson, Jim Bloom, Prince Twins Seven Seven, Dozier Bell, Robert Pepper, Max Beckmann, Dmitry Krasnopevtsev, Efim Efimovich Volkov, Maurice Becker, Alexander Dzigurski, Colin Campbell Cooper, Tonino Caputo, Edward Stratton Holloway and David Burliuk. The auction also features a fine selection of Russian icons and European stained glass.

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Browse the Auction Catalog on LiveAuctioneers.com

Absentee Bid Form (PDF) | Telephone Bid Form (PDF) | Terms and Conditions (PDF)

Highlights

May 19th, 2014|Auctions|

Highlights of the Kristina Barbara Johnson Estate Auction

On May 4, Material Culture presented the Kristina Barbara Johnson Estate in a special auction dedicated to this eclectic collection of fine, folk and decorative art, antiques and collectibles from the United States and around the world. This estate auction was a testament to the wide-ranging collecting interests of the remarkable Ms. Johnson, and presented a comprehensive look at her artistic taste.

(Learn more about the Johnson collection)

 
Lot 144 - $143,750

Lot 2 - $12,500

Lot 539 - $11,250

Lot 340 - $8,750

Lot 246 - $6,875

Lot 145 – $6,250

Lot 9 - $5,000

Lot 237 - $5,000

Lot 607 - $4,675

Lot 248 - $4,375

Lot 117 - $3,750

Lot 254 - $3,750

Lot 146 – $3,625

Lot 346 - $3,375

Lot 8 - $3,125

Lot 249 - $2,875

Lot 183 - $2,500

Lot 738 - $2,125

Lot 535 - $2,000

May 6th, 2014|Auctions|

The Kristina Barbara Johnson Estate Auction

On May 4, Material Culture will present the Kristina Barbara Johnson Estate in a special auction dedicated to this eclectic collection of fine, folk and decorative art, antiques and collectibles from the United States and around the world. This estate auction is a testament to the wide-ranging collecting interests of the remarkable Ms. Johnson, and presents a comprehensive look at her artistic taste. The auction will commence at 10 AM EST, with live internet bidding…

April 16th, 2014|Auctions|

Haitian Highlights of the Jonathan Demme Auction

Material Culture held a weekend of auctions dedicated solely to the superb self-taught art collection of Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme. In an exclusive arrangement with the auction house, Demme brought a multitude of sculpture and painting to the sales, totaling over 1,000 lots. “Direct from the Eye: The Jonathan Demme Collection of Self-Taught Art” was a compendium of Demme’s travels and tastes that transcends borders, encompassing Haitian and American self-taught artists from the 1940s to the present, contemporary intuitive painters from Jamaica, as well as art from Africa, South America and Europe.

March 31st, 2014|Auctions|

Oscar-Winning Director, Jonathan Demme, Returns to Philadelphia to Auction Art Collection at Material Culture

Material Culture will hold a weekend of auctions dedicated solely to the superb self-taught art collection of Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme. In an exclusive arrangement with the auction house, Demme brings a multitude of sculpture and painting to the sales, totaling over 900 lots. “Direct from the Eye: The Jonathan Demme Collection of Self-Taught Art” is a compendium of Demme’s travels and tastes that transcends borders, encompassing Haitian and American self-taught artists from the 1940s to the present, contemporary intuitive painters from Jamaica, as well as art from Africa, South America and Europe. The auctions will be held on Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30, commencing at 11 AM EST on both days

March 8th, 2014|Auctions|

Art 360: Fine, Folk and Self-Taught Art, March 9, 2014

Art 360: Fine, Folk & Self-Taught Art

In its auction “Art 360: Fine, Folk and Self-Taught Art,” Material Culture brings together a rich assortment of art across these artistic categories. The sale’s over 400 lots encompass painting, drawing and sculpture in fine, folk and self-taught art, as well as prints, etchings, and photography. This approach echoes the auction house’s mission to value art above the boundaries of genre, and enables the offering of more frequent sales to the public in which all types of art are welcomed.

The vibrant and diverse pieces in the sale will be on view in Material Culture’s dedicated gallery space March 6 through March 8, from 10 AM to 6 PM. Admittance is free and open to the public.

The auction opens with the work of significant self-taught artists, both American and international. Two pieces by Cuban-American self-taught artist Felipe Jesus Consalvos (1891-1960) start the day. Working in the tradition of Cuban cigar-band collage, Consalvos’ mixed media pieces in the sale, led by “Incarnate Human God” (lot 1), balance playful absurdism with political and social satire. Self-taught artist Purvis Young (1943-2010) from the Overtown neighborhood of Miami, Florida, follows with twelve lots of painting on found wood […]

February 22nd, 2014|Auctions|