Auctions

Auction: Asian, Ethnographic Arts, Antique Oriental Rugs & Textiles, April 26, 2015, 10am est

Asian, Ethnographic Arts, Oriental Rugs, Textiles, 524 Estate Lots
Live Salesroom Auction: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 10am est
Exhibition: April 24-25, 11am-5pm

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April 9th, 2015|Auctions|

Auction: The Eileen Ford Estate and Others | Sunday, March 1, 2015, 10am est

The Eileen Ford Estate and Others | Art, Antiques, Decorative Arts, Furnishings, Asian Arts, Oriental Rugs, Silver, Jewelry and Collectibles
Live Salesroom Auction: Sunday, March 1, 2015, 10am est
Exhibition: February 27-28, 11am-5pm
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Absentee Bid Form (PDF)
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Material Culture is pleased to offer at auction a fine selection of several hundred items from the Eileen Ford estate. Called the grand dame, doyenne and mother of the modern modeling industry, Eileen Ford shaped our standard of beauty for decades as a co-founder of Ford Models, one of the most important and influential modeling agencies of the twentieth century. Not only was Ford Models the number one modeling agency in the world, Eileen enforced fair pay and practices in an industry that had long exploited models, transforming modeling from a hobby to one of the world’s most glamorous careers. She was also known for a strict but motherly approach, compelling her models to their own standards of professional behavior and healthy practices.

Born in Manhattan in 1922, Eileen was a model herself during her years at Barnard College, working with one of the first modeling agencies in the US. She met […]

February 9th, 2015|Auctions|

Asian, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts | Feb 15

Asian, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts
Live Salesroom Auction: Sunday, February 15, 2015, 10am est
Exhibition: February 13-14, 11am-5pm

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

Virtual Print Catalog

February 2nd, 2015|Auctions|

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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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

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December 16th, 2014|Auctions|

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

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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|

November Estates featuring Antiques, Art, Americana, Oriental Carpets, Asian, Decorative & Ethnographic Arts

November Estates:
Antiques, Art, Americana, Oriental Carpets, Asian, Decorative & Ethnographic Arts
Auction: Sunday, November 23, 10am est
Exhibition: November 21-22, 11am-5pm

850+ Lots of Fresh to Market Items from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York and New England Estates

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Material Culture’s November 23 auction brings together an enticing variety of art and artifacts.  This classic estates sale boasts 850+ lots of fresh to the market items from local Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York and New England Estates. In addition to the fine, folk and ethnographic arts, carpets and antiques mentioned in the title, the sale includes jewelry, silver, antique firearms, toys, furnishings and more, providing something of interest for every collector.

One of the leading lots in fine art is a lithograph entitled “Summer” (lot 5) by Philip Guston (American, 1913-1980), whose provenance includes ownership by Philadelphia-based artist Paul Cava. Two other leading lots come from Russian artists, an untitled oil on board (lot 22) dating to 1973 by Dmitry Krasnopevtsev (1925-1995), and another oil on board painting (lot 23) by Vasili D. Polenov (1844-1927). Art opens with […]

November 11th, 2014|Auctions|

Folk, Self-Taught & Outsider Art

Auction: Sunday, October 26, 10am est
Exhibition: October 24-25, 11am-5pm
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In its sale “Folk, Self-Taught and Outsider Art,” Material Culture will bring together a rich compendium of artistic works across these categories. A leader in self-taught art, the auction house once again showcases some of the top names in this increasingly popular field, offering excellent opportunities for both established and new collectors. Presenting works by American artists such as Purvis Young, Victor Joseph Gatto, Howard Finster, Justin McCarthy and Rex Clawson, and international stars such as Prince Twins Seven Seven, Jacques-Enguerrand Gourgue and Georges Liautaud, along with many others, this auction is a testament to the vitality of individual vision. The over 320 lots in the sale also offer a wealth of ethnographic and folk art and artifacts.

The auction commences at 10AM on Sunday, October 26, 2014, with LiveAuctioneers.com facilitating live Internet bidding. The painting, sculpture, and folk art pieces in the sale will be on view in Material Culture’s dedicated gallery space October 24 and 25, from 11AM to 5PM. Admittance is free and open to the public.

Leading self-taught art is a […]

October 13th, 2014|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, Weekend Two, Sunday, Oct. 12
For 77 years, The Silver Shop played low-key host to a discriminating celebrity clientele
Weekend Two–ONE DAY ONLY– Auction in Philadelphia: October 12, Sunday, 11am est
Exhibition: October 9-11, 11am-5pm

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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 numerous New Jersey governors, and tastemakers like Frank Gehry, Martha Stewart and Michael Graves. The Silver Shop also welcomed among its high-profile guests Bruce Springsteen, who would purchase gifts for his mother; and Brooke Shields, who actually lived above the shop while a student at Princeton.

After 77 years and […]

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|