Material Culture http://materialculture.com Store, Auction House, Café Wed, 03 Feb 2016 22:14:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Field 2 http://materialculture.com/field-2/ Tue, 19 Jan 2016 18:58:25 +0000 http://materialculture.com/?p=20225 Throughout the history of Material Culture and its associated companies, our work has been rooted in the lives and the art of the craftspeople in the far-flung countries we visit. Their dedication, artistry and spirit has always served as our inspiration, and we seek to honor them by study and to create projects that foster their work. This, as much as our desire to connect their humanity with yours through the objects of their creation, has formed the backbone of our organization.

Consequently, we invite you to explore our projects and studies in the field, to put places, faces and stories behind the artifacts you can find in our store. From our work encouraging weavers in Turkey to bring forth designs of their own imagination, to the Asoso Project for the creation of unique wooden furniture in Ghana, to the sponsorship of the late Nigerian artist, Twins Seven-Seven as artist-in-residence here at our Philadelphia location, to many others, our goal as ever is to bind continents together through the power of the creative will.

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The Worlds of Material Culture http://materialculture.com/the-worlds-of-material-culture/ Tue, 19 Jan 2016 18:35:01 +0000 http://materialculture.com/?p=20222 world_mc_web

The Worlds of Material Culture come together in the historic landmark Atwater Kent Radio Factory: Store, Auctions, Supper Clubs, Private Catered Events, Lectures, Exhibitions…

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Thursday Nights At Baba Olga’s | Great Food, Live Music, Old World Hospitality http://materialculture.com/thursday-night-dinners/ Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:57:30 +0000 http://materialculture.com/?p=19996

Join Us for Four Two Very Special Thursday Night Dinner Parties In February With Chef Aliza Green Celebrating
The Magic of Spice Blends

baba_olgaTickets: $55 per person/per dinner
Live Music, BYOB
Limited Reserved Seating (55 Guests)
7:00 to 10:00pm
Free Parking

 

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SOLD OUT! Thursday, February 4th, 7 to 10pm Mediterranean Flavors Dinner BYOB
Musicians: John and Bill Koutsourous

  • Hummus with Warm Buttery Chickpeas and Yemenite Zhoug
  • Pan-Fried Halloumi Cheese with Dukkah Sprinkle
  • Spicy Moroccan Steamed Mussels with Chermoula
  • Seared Lamb Simit Kebobs with Pistachios, Roasted Cubanelle Peppers & Tomatoes
  • Greek Lemon-Oregano Potatoes
  • Turkish Okra Stew with Tomato & Chickpeas
  • Spiced Sweet Potato Pie

Thursday, February 11th, 7 to 10pm Vegetable Lover’s Dinner,
vegan-friendly BYOB
Musicians: Raji Malik and Joe Tayoun

  • Roasted Vegetables with Tomato Kasundi Chutney
  • Carrot-Ginger Bisque with Poudre de Colombo
  • Ethiopian Lentil Stew with Berberé
  • Sri Lankan Vegetable Curry with Cauliflower, Okra & Cashews
  • Saffron Basmati Rice with Pistachios
  • Honey Adobo-Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges
  • Swedish Gingerbread with Fresh Whipped Cream & Minted Fruit Macedonia

Thursday, February 18th, 7 to 10pm Moroccan Spice Dinner BYOB
Musicians: Roger Mgrdician and Joe Tayoun

  • Mini Chicken B’Stilla with Cinnamon-Almond Topping
  • Chickpea & Pumpkin Soup with Saffron & Ginger
  • Grapefruit, Orange, Fennel & Black Olive Salad with Citrus-Mint Dressing
  • Lamb & Okra Tajine with *Ras el Hanout
  • Steamed Couscous
  • Roasted Figs with Anise & Wildflower Honey
  • Kab el Ghazal: almond gazelle horn pastries

Thursday, February 25, 7 to 10pm Turkish Delights Dinner BYOB
Musicians: Joe Tayoun and Roger Mgrdician

  • Red Pepper-Pomegranate Muhammara Dip with Cucumber Slices & Marinated Olives
  • Lahmajun: hand-stretched flatbread with spiced lamb topping
  • Mercimek Corbasi: Turkish Red Lentil Soup with Mint & Sumac
  • Imam Bayildi: “the imam fainted,” Turkish roasted stuffed eggplant halves,
    tomato, sweet onion, dill & mint
  • Mejadra: wheat berries & lentils with caramelized shallots & whole spices
  • Sutlaç: goat’s milk rice pudding with rosewater
  • Apricot-Pistachio Bird’s Nest Pastries

magic_0f_spiceblends“In my new book, The Magic of Spice Blends, I focus on traditional spice blends including Moroccan Ras el Hanout, Egyptian Dukkah, Moroccan Chermoula, and Turkish Baharat for starters. Here are all the complex, multi-dimensional flavors that result from judiciously combining spices in time-honored recipes. Once you taste food seasoned with freshly-ground spice blends made from expertly sourced spices, your spice shelf will never be the same. Come and enjoy yourself during this season of celebration, taste some new dishes, and, we hope, go home inspired to make your own spice blends!” 

—Aliza Green

Books are available for signing

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JANUARY ESTATES AUCTION: January 24, 2016 http://materialculture.com/january-estates-auction/ Mon, 11 Jan 2016 18:37:37 +0000 http://materialculture.com/?p=19950 JANUARY ESTATES AUCTION

Online Only* Auction

Sunday, January 24, 2016, 10am est
New Date: Monday, January 25, 2016, 10am est

Exhibition: Friday, Jan. 22 and Sunday, Jan. 24, 11am-5pm,
Exhibition Closed: Saturday Jan. 25

Browse the Auction Catalogue and Bid Live On:
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*Also Accepting Phone and Absentee Bids!

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700 Lots, Including Items from the Amazing Estates and Private Collections of David Bradley Armstrong, Monterey, Mass; Robert Swan Lindsley and Eric Hoage, Philadelphia; Richard and Jean Kellaway, Framingham, Mass; Piero and Paola Ferro, Milan, Italy; Matthew Friedman, Hong Kong…And Many More!

Antiques • Decorative Arts • Fine Art • Folk Art • Ethnographic Arts • Asian and Chinese Traditional Arts • Period Arts & Crafts Furnishings • Oriental Rugs • Collectibles • Americana • Ephemera

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Happy Holidays! http://materialculture.com/this-weekend/ Fri, 11 Dec 2015 19:20:03 +0000 http://materialculture.com/?p=19444 Join Us for a Zero Sales Tax Weekend*
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FREE Wine and Samosas All Day Sunday,
Courtesy of Colors By Padmini!

FREE REFRESHMENTS Saturday/Sunday
Enjoy free complimentary light fare. Revive yourself with a sampling of our homemade mezze dips and spreads, olives & pickled vegetables accompanied by za’atar toasted pita chips. And, have a cup of our Small World coffee or Tazo tea on us!

*We pay the sales tax, not you!

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Swarovsky Film Shoot at Material Culture,
Directed by Pier Nicola D’Amico

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The World of Material Culture is a constantly expanding universe of art, culture, exhibitions and commerce. We invite you to view a new video documentary of a recent weekend at Material Culture (March 28-30, 2014), which included an exhibition and auction of the Jonathan Demme Collection of Self-Taught Art, as well as a grand party attended by more than 1000 friends and art lovers.
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We will work with you to custom design a special menu for any event of 30 to 300 guests. Below are actual menus from events we have catered.

Wedding in April for 200

Reception in Mezzanine Gallery

  • Mixed marinated olives
  • Japanese firecracker rice cracker mix
  • Fennel roasted almonds
  • Muhammara (Turkish pomegranate, walnut & red pepper dip) with crudité vegetables
  • Tuscan chicken liver paté with porcini & bacon

DINNER

Cold Mezze

  • Sicilian eggplant caponata (sweet & sour eggplant with capers) Vegan
  • Hummus with chipotle chile Vegan
  • Tapenade (Provençal black olive, caper, fennel & orange pesto) Vegan
  • Persian spinach dip (with yogurt and caramelized onions)
  • Turkish white bean salad Vegan
  • Multigrain pita & crostini

Hot Mezze

  • Dates in Blankets (Medjool dates stuffed w/almonds, baked in curry pastry)
  • Moroccan Lamb Meatballs with Tomato & Ras Al Hanout spice mix
  • Catalan Gambas a la Planxa (seared saffron-pimentón shrimp) with lemon
  • Goat Cheese, Mushroom & Spinach Mini Panini

First Course

  • Cyprus Lentil & Grains Salad: farro, barley, French lentils, shredded kale, toasted pumpkin seeds olive oil-citrus dressing Vegan
  • Fattoush Salad: diced cucumber, peppers, tomato, arugula, & toasted multigrain pita squares, pomegranate seeds in lemon-olive oil dressing

Main Course

  • Baharat Grilled Farm Leg of Lamb with Balkan Ayvar
  • Cochin Chicken with Tomato Curry Sauce
  • Charcoal-Grilled Wild Salmon, Tamarind Ginger Sauce
  • Roasted Vegetable & Feta Fillo Pie with Dill

Sides

  • Grilled Asparagus with Citrus Dressing Vegan
  • Farro and Lentil Mejadra with Crispy Fried Onions Vegan

Dessert

  • Chocolate Roulade with Hazelnut Praline & Crushed Cocoa Nib Cream Filling
  • Poached Bosc Pear in Honey-Star Anise Syrup; Raspberry Coulis

From Port Au Prince to Kingston: A Caribbean Buffet for 300

Appetizers

  • Chayote Stuffed with Scallop Ceviche
  • Haitian Roasted Eggplant Salad with Sesame & Ginger Vegetarian
  • Olga’s Salad

Mains

  • Jamaican Grilled Jerk Chicken Wings
  • Cuban Beef Ropa Vieja “Old Clothes”
  • Yam, Black Bean & Corn Picadillo Empanadas
  • Jamaican Lamb Curry

Sides

  • Haitian Pikliz vegetarian
  • Haitian Red Beans & Rice
  • Honey Roasted Maduros (sweet plantains) Vegetarian
  • Coconut Rice vegetarian

Sweets

  • Individual Key Lime Pies
  • Torta Très Lèches with Dulce de Leche

Lunch Birthday Party for 30 in May

Mezze Tray:

  • Chipotle hummus, Balkan Ayvar, Moroccan Spiced Carrots, Marinated Olives, Bulgarian Feta, Grilled Multigrain Pita

Assorted Sandwiches:

  • Eggplant Muffaletta
  • Mediterranean Tuna
  • Lancaster Smoked Turkey & Avocado
  • Roasted Veggie

Assorted Salads:

  • Shepherd’s Salad
  • Marrakesh Salad
  • San Francisco Cobb Salad
  • Dessert & Hot Beverage
  • Warm New Orleans Bourbon Bread Pudding
  • Small World Coffee/Mighty Leaf Teas
  • House Filtered Water/House Filtered Sparkling Water
  • Jamaican Hibiscus-Mint Iced Tea

Wedding in May for 150

Cold Mezze

  • Balkan ayvar (smoked eggplant & pepper relish with garlic, EVOO & wine vinegar)
  • Cyprus Lentil & Grains Salad: farro, barley, French lentils, shredded kale, toasted pumpkin seeds olive oil-citrus dressing;
  • Moroccan spiced carrot salad
  • Moroccan white bean salad with charmoula, topped with yellowfin tuna
  • Persian spinach dip

TO BE ON TABLE AS GUESTS ARRIVE

Hot Mezze

  • Dates in Blankets (Medjool dates stuffed w/almonds, baked in curry pastry)
  • Hortopita (Greek Country Greens Pie with wild & field greens, feta in fillo, poppy seed topping)
  • Iraqi Warm Stuffed Grape Leaves with currants

BUTLERED

Buffet:

  • Fattoush Salad (Middle Eastern salad with pomegranate, mint, dill, tomato, cucumber, arugula & toasted multigrain pita squares) Vegetarian
  • Baharat-Seasoned Grilled High View Farm Leg of Lamb, yogurt-mint dipping sauce
  • Farro and Lentil Mejadra with Crispy Fried Onions
  • Moroccan B’Stilla of Grain-Fed Chicken with Almond-Cinnamon Topping
  • Turkish Chickpea & Eggplant Moussaka with Chickpeas & Urfa Biber Vegan
  • Grilled Asparagus with Meyer Lemon
  • Rice (or Barley) Pilaf with pistachios & currants
  • Moroccan Carrot Confit

Dessert:

  • Galataboureko (semolina-milk custard fillo pastry) with rose petals, pistachios & honey syrup
  • Seasonal Fruit Macedonia with mint & pomegranate

Reception in October for 150

  • Mezze tray: chipotle hummus & Balkan ayvar, marinated olives, Bulgarian feta
    with sumac, & grilled multigrain pita
  • Cheese & fruit tray with crackers, nuts, grapes (local artisan cheeses)
  • Roasted turmeric-cumin cauliflower with pomegranate & tahini dip Vegan
  • Charcoal-Grilled Turkish mini chicken kebobs with yogurt-dill dipping sauce
  • Smoked turkey, avocado & tarragon aioli on toasted sesame honey wheat bread
  • Chive scones with smoked salmon & crème fraiche
  • Mini corn cakes with pico de gallo salsa
  • Wild mushroom fillo turnovers
  • Fruit skewers (pineapple, red grape, green grape, melon, apple and mint)
  • Hazelnut Brownie Squares: Nutella Buttercream
    Carrot Cake Squares: Pineapple, Pistachios & Coconut, Cream Cheese Icing
  • Small World Brewed Coffee, Mighty Leaf Tea
    assorted local sodas, bottled water

Reception for 130 guests

Cold Mezze

  • Mixed Marinated Olives Vegan
  • Fennel Roasted Almonds Vegan
  • Middle Eastern Meze Platter: Chipotle-Spiced Hummus, Balkan Ayvar (Eggplant & Roasted Pepper Relish), Moroccan Spiced Carrot Salad & Çaçik (Turkish Cucumber-Mint Salad) Vegan

Mezze

  • Lemon-Fennel Chicken Salad in Mini-Brioche Buns
  • Roasted Vegetable & Feta Fillo Pie Vegetarian
  • Moroccan Spiced Lamb Cigari in Fillo
  • Roasted Mushroom & Herbed Goat Cheese Panino Vegetarian

Beverages

  • Small World Coffee/Decaf
  • Mighty Leaf Hot Tea
  • Pomegranate Berry Iced Tea
  • Filtered Water/Sparkling Water

Fall Wedding for 225

Reception:

  • Mezze Tray: Balkan ayvar (roasted eggplant, pepper and garlic); hummus with chipotle chile; Tunisian carrot salad with preserved lemon; marinated beets; sliced cucumber, pickled okra, toasted multigrain pita
  • Italian Antipasto Tray: marinated fennel; grilled artichoke hearts; marinated olives; roasted peppers with boquerones anchovies; Sicilian eggplant caponata; Italian cheeses; rolled Italian meats; rosemary-garlic crostini
  • Mini Chive Scones with Smoked Salmon & Crème Fraiche
  • Moroccan Lamb Meatballs with Ras al Hanout Spice & Tomato
  • Mini “Mac & Cheese” with Crunchy Panko Crumb Topping
  • Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Chives Shooters

Buffet:

  • Honeycrisp Apple & Candied Cranberry Salad: Moody Blue cheese, mixed greens, toasted walnuts & Pomegranate Dressing
  • Olga’s Salad: mixed greens, red pepper julienne, honey-wheat croutons, shredded carrot,
  • French Tarragon-Grain Mustard Vinaigrette
  • Braised Chilean Sea Bass Provençal: tomato, fennel, green olives, orange zest & white wine
  • Herb-Crusted Roast Grain-Fed Chicken Breast with White Wine & Shallot Reduction Sauce
  • Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs in Red Wine Sauce: Porcini Mushrooms, Juniper & Shallots
  • Creamy French Gold Potato, Thyme & Garlic Gratin
  • Roast Asparagus with Brown Butter, Hazelnuts & Orange Zest
  • Roast Brussels Sprouts: Caramelized Shallots, Applewood-Smoked Bacon & Balsamic Syrup

Dessert & Beverages:

  • Warm English Sticky Toffee Pudding with Fresh Whipped Cream
  • Bowl of Seasonal Fruit Macedonia with Mint
  • Assorted Homemade Cookies: glazed malted milk cookies; millionaire bars, peanut butter cookies; hazelnut brownies; fig & walnut biscotti; cornmeal-lime cookies
  • House Still & Sparkling Filtered Water
  • Small World Brewed Coffee; Tazo Tea selection

Spring Wedding for 125

Cold Mezze:

  • Balkan ajvar (smoked eggplant & pepper relish with garlic, EVOO & wine vinegar)
  • Cyprus Lentil & Grains Salad: farro, barley, French lentils, shredded kale, toasted pumpkin seeds olive oil-citrus dressing;
  • Moroccan spiced carrot salad
  • Moroccan white bean salad with charmoula, topped with yellowfin tuna
  • Persian spinach dip
  • To be on table as guests arrive
  • Hors d’Oeuvre
  • Dates in Blankets (Medjool dates stuffed w/almonds, baked in curry pastry)
  • Horopita (Greek Country Greens Pie with wild & field greens, feta in fillo, poppy seed topping)
  • Iraqi Warm Stuffed Grape Leaves with currants

Buffet:

  • Fattoush Salad (Middle Eastern salad with pomegranate, mint, dill, tomato, cucumber, arugula & toasted multigrain pita squares) [vegetarian]
  • Baharat-Seasoned Grilled High View Farm Leg of Lamb, yogurt-mint dipping sauce
  • Farro and Lentil Mejadra with Crispy Fried Onions
    and
  • Moroccan B’Stilla of Grain-Fed Chicken with Almond-Cinnamon Topping
    and
  • Turkish Chickpea & Eggplant Moussaka with Chickpeas & Urfa Biber [VEGAN]
  • Grilled Asparagus with Meyer Lemon
  • Rice (or Barley) Pilaf with pistachios & currants
  • Moroccan Carrot Confit

Dessert:

  • Galataboureko (semolina-milk custard fillo pastry) with rose petals, pistachios & honey syrup
  • Seasonal Fruit Macedonia with mint & pomegranate

Offsite Holiday Party for 50 

Reception:

  • Middle Eastern Mezze Tray: chipotle hummus, Balkan ayvar (eggplant & pepper relish), Moroccan spiced carrots, roasted cauliflower with tahini & pomegranate, mixed marinated olives, grilled multigrain pita Vegan
  • Cheese & Fruit Tray: local artisanal & imported cheeses, Spanish fig & walnut cake & quince membrillo, local wildflower honey, pistachios, red & green grapes, pears, crackers

Passed Hors d’oeuvre:

  • Baked Spiced Red Wine-Poached Figs Wrapped in Prosciutto
    Mini Hortopita Rolls:
  • (Greek greens, herbs and sheep’s milk feta in crispy fillo pastry)
  • Beef & Wild Mushroom Meatballs in Tomato-Red Wine Sauce

Buffet:

  • Honey-Rosemary Roasted Bosc Pear Salad, Mixed Seasonal Greens, Shaved Fennel,
  • Toasted Walnuts, Pomegranate Seeds & Pomegranate Dressing
  • Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder Moroccan Style with Ras al Hanout Spice & Harissa Sauce
  • Mejadra (farro, French green lentils, caramelized shallots, coriander & cumin seed) Vegan
  • MSC Certified Chilean Sea Bass Provençal (orange, olives, capers, fennel, grape tomatoes)
  • Gold Potato, Garlic & Celery Root Gratin Dauphinois
  • Briami (Greek mixed seasonal vegetable ragout, dill, lemon & extra virgin olive oil) Vegan

Dessert:

  • Olga’s Carrot Semolina Torte with Apricot & Lime Glaze
  • Bittersweet Chocolate Cherry Brownie Squares with Ganache Icing
  • Apricot-Pistachio Bird’s Nest Kadaif Pastries
  • Seasonal Fruit Macedonia with Spearmint
  • Small World Coffee/Mighty Leaf Tea

Reception for 150 at Material Culture

Platters:

  • Mezze Tray: chipotle-spiced hummus, marinated local beets, Turkish cucumber-mint çaçik, Balkan ayvar (eggplant-roasted pepper relish), Moroccan carrots,
    pomegranate-cinnamon tabouli salad [vegetarian}
  • Cheese and Fruit Tray with local Pennsylvania cheeses, Spanish fig-almond cake,
    seasonal fruits; pistachios, assorted crackers [vegetarian]
  • Italian Antipasto Tray: thin-sliced salumi (cured meats), Tuscan chicken liver paté, marinated red peppers with white anchovies; marinated artichokes, giant white bean salad,
    marinated mixed olives, herbed crostini

Passed Hors d’Oeuvre:

  • Gazpacho Shooters with Maine Peekytoe Crabmeat
  • Mini Hortopitas: Greek fillo pastries filled with seasonal greens, herbs,
    Bulgarian feta & toasted pine nuts [vegetarian]
  • Wild Mushroom Turnovers: flaky cream cheese pastry, porcini &
    Pennsylvania cremini mushroom filling [vegetarian]
  • Spanish Charcoal-Grilled Shrimp: lemon-saffron marinade;
    Brava tomato-pepper dipping sauce
  • Pennsylvania Proud Beef Short Rib Sliders: barbecue beef, dill pickle,
    Vermont sharp cheddar, on a mini sesame bun

Dessert & Beverages

  • Mini Local Strawberry Shortcakes with Hazelnut Biscuits and Chantilly Cream
  • Bittersweet Chocolate-Cherry Brownies
  • Pomegranate Berry Iced Tea
  • Small World Brewed Coffee & Decaf/Assorted Mighty Leaf Teas

September Wedding for 200

Reception:

  • Fennel Roasted Almonds (at bar)
  • Berberé Spiced Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (at bar)
  • Mezze Platter: Chipotle-Spiced Hummus, Balkan Ajvar (Eggplant & Roasted Pepper Relish),
  • Moroccan Spiced Carrot Salad & Çaçik (Turkish Cucumber-Mint Salad) Vegan

Passed Hors d’Oeuvre:

  • Turkish Lamb Meatballs with Pomegranate and Pine Nuts
  • Local White Corn Cakes with Smoked Scottish Salmon & Chive Crème Fraiche
  • Hortopita Fillo Roll: Greek fillo pastries filled with seasonal greens, herbs,
  • Bulgarian feta & toasted pine nuts?
  • Roasted Fresh Figs in Spiced Red Wine Glaze Wrapped in Prosciutto
  • Hazelnut-Crusted Goat Cheese Stuffed Local Zucchini Blossoms

Buffet:

  • Local Heirloom Caprese Salad, Fresh Calabro Mozzarella & Balsamic Syrup
  • Ancient Grains Salad: farro, barley, and French lentils, Tuscan kale, toasted pumpkin seeds, extra-virgin olive oil & lemon dressing); yogurt-mint topping
  • Cochin Spiced Chicken with Tomato-Ginger Sauce
  • Grilled Chile-Rubbed Skirt Steak with Avocado-Tomatillo Salsa
  • Roast Wild Alaska (or Jail Island) Salmon with Vadouvan Spice Rub & Tamarind-Date Chutney
  • Honey & Olive Oil Roasted Butternut Squash & Honeycrisp Apples
  • Greek Briami: braised summer vegetables in dill, lemon & extra-virgin olive oil
  • Barley Mejadra with French Green Lentils, Coriander & Cumin Seed & Caramelized Shallots
  • Dessert & Beverages
  • Dessert Duo: Apricot-Pistachio Bird’s Nest Pastry & Hungarian Chocolate Cake
  • Small World Coffee/Tazo Tea Assortment
  • House Filtered Water/Sparkling Water

Fall Wedding for 100 with Puerto Rican Flavors

Reception:

  • Mezze Tray: chipotle hummus, Moroccan carrots, Balkan eggplant-pepper ayvar, marinated olives,
  • Bulgarian feta, grilled multigrain pita

Buffet:

  • Olga’s Salad: mixed greens, croutons, cucumber, heirloom cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, mustard-tarragon vinaigrette
  • Cuban Beef Ropa Vieja “Old Clothes” (slow-cooked Wagyu beef with tomato, peppers, and garlic)
  • Grilled Grain-Fed Chicken Thigh in Caribbean Mojo Marinade with Grilled Gold Pineapple
  • Yam, Black Bean & Corn Picadillo Empanadas
  • Creole Red Beans & Rice
  • Steamed Rice
  • Honey Roasted Plantains with Coconut

Dessert & Beverages:

  • Torta Tres Leches with Dulce de Leche
  • Seasonal Fruit Macedonia
  • Jamaican Hibiscus Blossom & Spearmint Iced Tea
  • Planter’s Rum Punch

Fall Offsite Reception for 175

  • Mezze tray: chipotle hummus, Balkan eggplant-pepper ayvar, marinated olives,
  • Bulgarian feta with sumac, & grilled multigrain pita
  • Cheese & fruit tray with local cheeses, crackers, nuts & grapes
  • Roasted turmeric-cumin cauliflower with pomegranate & tahini dip (vegan)
  • Turkish mini chicken kebobs with yogurt-dill dipping sauce
  • Smoked turkey, avocado & tarragon aioli on sesame honey wheat squares
  • Chive scones with smoked salmon & crème fraiche
  • Mini corn cakes with pico de gallo salsa
  • Wild mushroom fillo turnovers
  • Seasonal fruit skewers (pineapple, red grape, green grape, melon, honeycrisp apple)
  • Hazelnut Brownie Squares with Nutella Ganache
    Carrot-Pineapple Cake Squares
  • Small World Brewed Coffee, Mighty Leaf Tea
    assorted local sodas, bottled water

Fall Wedding for 200

RECEPTION

Middle Eastern Mezze Tray:

  • Hummus with chipotle chile Vegan
  • Balkan ayvar (roasted eggplant, pepper and garlic) spread
  • Moroccan spiced carrot salad
  • Marinated olives
  • Bulgarian feta with sumac
  • Grilled multigrain pita with za’atar

Italian Antipasto Tray:

  • Marinated fennel
  • Grilled artichoke hearts
  • Roasted peppers with boquerones anchovies
  • Sicilian eggplant caponata (sweet & sour eggplant with capers)
  • Thin-sliced cured Italian meats (rolled)
  • Italian cheese selection
  • Bruschetta Cheese and Fruit Tray:
  • assortment of local artisan and imported cheeses
  • Spanish fig-walnut cake & quince membrillo
  • shelled pistachios
  • Medjool dates
  • seasonal fruit
  • green & red grapes
  • bread and crackers

Passed Hors d’Oeuvres:

  • Catalan Romesco Dip (roasted pepper, hazelnut & garlic) with Seasonal Vegetable Crudités
  • Provencal Vegetable Tart with Herbed Goat Cheese
  • Wild Mushroom Turnovers: fillo pastry, porcini & cremini mushroom filling
  • Turkish Lamb Meatballs with Pomegranate and Pine Nuts

Buffet:

  • Ancient Grains Salad: farro, barley, and French lentils, Tuscan kale, carrots,
    toasted pumpkin seeds, extra-virgin olive oil and lemon dressing)
  • Rosemary-Wildflower Honey Roasted Bosc Pear Salad: Moody Blue smoked blue cheese,
    toasted walnuts, mixed greens, citrus dressing
  • Charcoal-Grilled Vadouvan-Spiced Jail Island Salmon: tamarind ginger sauce
  • Charcoal-Grilled Chicken & Veggie Kebabs: yogurt-za’atar herb marinade
  • Carved Roast Beef Rib Eye with Turkish Baharat Spice Crust
  • Creole Red Beans & Rice
  • Creole Ratatouille (eggplant, baby okra, mirliton squash, tomato, thyme)
  • Braised Seasonal Cooking Greens (Tuscan kale, curly kale, savoy spinach)

Dessert:

  • Warm English Sticky Toffee Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce
  • Seasonal Fruit Macedonia with Mint
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • House Still & Sparkling Filtered Water
  • Jamaican Hibiscus & Spearmint Iced Tea
  • Small World Brewed Coffee/Tazo Tea Assortment

Fall Wedding for 125

  • Cheese and Fruit Tray: assortment of local and imported cheeses, garnishes such as Spanish fig-walnut cake, cranberry ginger chutney, quince membrillo, shelled pistachios, seasonal fruits, green & red grapes, bread and crackers
  • Marinated mixed olives
  • Berberé spiced pumpkin seeds

Passed Hors d’Oeuvre:

  • Catalan Gambas a la Planxa (grilled white Mexican shrimp in lemon-saffron-pimentón marinade),
  • Brava (tomato-red pepper) Dipping Sauce
  • Dates in Blankets (Medjool dates stuffed w/almonds, baked in cheddar-curry pastry)
  • Pennsylvania Proud Beef Short Rib Sliders: barbecue beef, dill pickle, Vermont sharp cheddar on a mini brioche bun
  • Wild Mushroom Turnovers: fillo pastry, porcini & Pennsylvania cremini mushroom filling

Buffet Dinner:

  • Ancient Grains Salad: farro, barley, and French lentils, Tuscan kale, toasted pumpkin seeds,
    extra-virgin olive oil and lemon dressing); yogurt-mint topping
  • Apple, Candied Cranberry & Moody Blue Cheese Salad: Mixed Greens,
  • Toasted Walnuts & Grain Mustard-Honey Dressing
  • Roast MSC-Certified Chilean Sea Bass: Lemongrass Crust and Mango-Mint Chutney
  • Greek Braised Beef Stifado: Shallots, Tomato, Red Wine & Rosemary
  • Chicken Yassa: West African braised chicken with lemon, green chiles, sweet onions and thyme
  • Rice Pilaf with Toasted Vermicelli & Pine Nuts
  • Honey & Olive Oil Roasted Butternut Squash & Honeycrisp Apples

Drinks:

  • Jamaican Hibiscus Blossom & Spearmint ice tea
  • Local Apple Cider—Rum—Ginger—Cinnamon Cocktail plus non-alcoholic version
  • House Still & Sparkling Filtered Water
  • Small World Brewed Coffee; Tazo selection

Summer Wedding for 50 with a Trinidadian Accent

RECEPTION

Middle Eastern Mezze Tray:

  • Hummus with chipotle chile
  • Balkan ayvar (roasted eggplant, pepper and garlic spread)
  • Moroccan spiced carrot salad
  • Marinated olives
  • Bulgarian feta with sumac
  • Sliced cucumbers & Grilled multigrain pita with za’atar
  • Italian Antipasto Tray:
  • Grilled marinated artichoke hearts
  • Marinated roasted peppers
  • Sicilian eggplant caponata (sweet & sour eggplant with capers)
  • Thin-sliced cured Italian meats & Italian cheese selection
  • Bruschetta: crostini, heirloom tomatoes, garlic, basil & extra-virgin olive oil

Buffet Dinner:

  • Caprese Salad: ripe, local heirloom tomatoes, basil, fior di latte mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil
  • Haitian Pikliz Slaw: spicy cabbage, carrot & scallion slaw
  • Jerk Chicken Kebobs with Christophene, Red Peppers, and Sweet Onion
  • Grilled Skirt Steak with Chadon Beni Green Sauce
  • Roasted Maduro Plantains with Local Wildflower Honey & Allspice
  • Haitian Red Beans & Rice with North Country Bacon
  • Summer Vegetable Ragout: local sweet corn, zucchini, yellow squash, fresh okra, tomatoes, herbs,

Dessert & Beverages:

  • Torta Tres Leches with Dulce de Leche Milk Caramel
  • Seasonal Fruit Medley with Mint

 

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Green on Green: How and Why I Cook http://materialculture.com/green-on-green/ Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:50:45 +0000 http://materialculture.com/?p=19226 Aliza Green, Chef Manager

Aliza Green, Chef Manager

Cook to make people happy:

Sharing a meal is a sacred act that brings people together, encourages conversation, and helps us relax, digest, and take pleasure in the small joys of civilized everyday life: friendship, good food, lively discussion, and maybe a bottle of wine to share. Food that calls too much attention to itself and demands quiet adulation gets in the way of lusty enjoyment.

Cooking on the Spot:

I am inspired to cook food from places that I’ve traveled to or have had the opportunity to learn directly from local cooks. Earlier in my career, as chef of a Northern Italian restaurant, I studied Italian for five years to connect with Italian culinarians and learn their stories and culinary secrets. Here at Baba Olga’s, I emphasize food from the Mediterranean region, especially Greece and Turkey, where I’ve studied cooking;; from Tunisia and Morocco, cuisine that I learned by working with local chefs; from Mexico where I lived in my early teens: from Israel where I attended first grade; and from Brazil, India, and the Caribbean, all places where I’ve had the opportunity to travel and cook.

Food should look like what it is, not something else:

To me, presentation should showcase the essence of the food, not because of elaborate plate-painting and arranging food with surgical tweezers. Too many hands and too much fussiness get in the way of flavor and simplicity. I avoid plate painting, complex plate designs, tiny, precisely-cut vegetables, and molded food. Instead we might cook whole lamb shoulder on the bone, rub it with homemade Ras el Hanout spice then slow-roast it, pull it from the bone and serve it surrounding a whole roasted lamb shoulder on the bone.

Make it, don’t fake it:

We make all our own foods including hors d’oeuvres, desserts, sauces, stocks, even our own spice and herb blends. The vanilla in our baked goods comes from vanilla beans that we soak in rum. The flavorful butter comes from Vermont, famed for its high-quality dairy products, and our eggs are brown shell that we crack (never from a carton). We ripen our fruits and vegetables like tomatoes and peaches to increase juiciness and flavor. We avoid purchasing processed foods so, as many people comment, “our food tastes clean.”

80/20: Vegetables/Meats

For our own health and the health of our planet’s environment, I aim to cook and eat deliciously healthy by serving foods that are 80 percent vegetable and legume based and 20 percent animal protein. I emphasize local vegetables, greens, legumes, and fruits. My first book, The Bean Bible published in 2000 was an early look at the amazing variety of flavors, colors, and shapes of legumes. Beans are beneficial to our health and put needed nitrogen back into the soil and we should all be eating more of them and less red meat. So, try dishes like our red lentil cakes with date-tamarind chutney, hummus with chipotle, and Moroccan white bean and tuna salad.

Food with roots:

My cooking is inspired by traditional foods in many parts of the world, often the food of women who pass down their knowledge from generation to generation. I avoid arbitrary combinations and foods with too many, often unrelated components. Foods have a reason that they go together—basil and tomato, beans and greens, lamb and mint, lemon and olive oil–for the sake of the garden the palate and for ease of digestion so you won’t leave feeling uncomfortably overstuffed.

Cook seasonally and locally:

While we live in a part of the country with cold winters, so our growing season is not year-round, we work with as many local farms as possible, something I’ve been doing as a chef since 1980. We work closely with Common Market, a local aggregator of foods from farms in the Tri-State region, Green Meadow Farm in Gap, Pennsylvania, who I’ve been buying from since the late 80s, and from the closest farm of all, Heritage Farm, on the grounds of the Methodist Home for Children on Belmont Avenue. I serve only local strawberries when they are in-season so they are a late spring treat rather than more of the same commercial berries shipped unripe across-country.

Be creative with trimmings and by-product:

I do my best to use every part of the food in the interest of environmental awareness and lower food costs, which allows me to buy the best quality ingredients and keep prices reasonable. We treat the food with respect and don’t waste it. So, chard leaves are cooked as greens while the stems become part of our Greek vegetable Briami; corn kernels are cut off the cob while the cobs go into the pot to make sweet, golden corn cob stock for soup; herb stems are saved for soups and stews, while the leaves flavor and add shape and color to finished dishes;; chicken trimmings become stock while its fat is rendered to make chicken schmaltz.

Leftovers are an opportunity to make new culinary delights:

One of the tests of a chef is how well he/she can turn excess of one dish or its components into a wonderful new dish. So, we roast mushrooms for a warm mushroom salad and turn leftover mushrooms into a rich filling for our hand-formed mushroom fillo turnovers. Prosciutto is sliced for salad and other appetizers, the valuable skin and fat are simmered with red beans to make Caribbean style red beans and rice or Tuscan white bean soup.

Preserving allows us to work with high-quality local ingredients out of season:

We pickle vegetables like Roma beans, okra, and mushrooms to serve on our mezze and antipasto trays. To build up our stash for winter, we freeze things like corn kernels cut off the cob, raspberries and blackberries, and even local tomatoes. We use tomato juice pressed from local tomatoes and packed in glass jars throughout the year.

The uglier the produce, the better it tastes:

Lumpy produce with bad spots here and there that must be trimmed will be the best tasting, ripest produce. I buy large quantities of deliciously colorful heirloom tomato seconds to make into tomato-basil sauce which we freeze and then use in our catering menus and for other dishes where that taste of summer is so welcome in cold weather months.

Focus on environment awareness:

We cut down on waste by using every part of the product, save all our food scraps for composting, use compostable, recyclable paper goods, serve filtered rather than bottle water, buy local so shipping distances are less, and work to serve foods lower on the food chain, which require less water and other natural resources to produce. Our fish is MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified. The meats we serve are sustainable and come from smaller local farms.

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November Estates Auction: Sunday Nov. 29, 10am est http://materialculture.com/november-estates/ Fri, 06 Nov 2015 18:43:01 +0000 http://materialculture.com/?p=18719 November Estates: Antiques, Art, Folk Art, Collectibles, Modern Design, Asian, Decorative & Ethnographic Arts

Live Auction: Sunday, November 29, 2015, 10am est
Exhibition: November 27-28, 11am-5pm

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650+ lots from regional and national estates; featuring items from the Kristina Barbara Johnson Estate, Princeton, New Jersey, including a rare copy of George Washington’s Address On His Declining A Re-election To The Presidency, A. Stoddard, circa 1797

Kristina Barbara Johnson

Kristina Barbara Johnson

Material Culture will present an Estates Auction on Sunday, November 29th, headlined by items from the Kristina Barbara Johnson collection. Johnson’s extensive and diverse collection, which has also been featured in previous Material Culture auctions, is also representative of the sale as a whole, which includes finds to excite collectors in many genres. Over 650 lots span a wide range of categories, time periods and countries of origin, with a full complement of collectibles and fine, folk and ethnographic arts.

A strong showing of antique Asian arts encompasses Chinese jade, amber, porcelain, bronze, lacquerware and textiles, Japanese prints and paintings. Oriental rugs, including Persian, Turkish, Caucasian and Indian carpets will be on offer, as will selections in Haitian and Mexican art and masks and pre-Columbian pottery and artifacts. American antiques include hooked rugs and textiles, with American as well as Continental glass and ceramics. For decorators, antique and mid-century modern furnishings, including some Arts and Crafts furniture and accessories, will draw attention, along with garden and statuary pieces. Interested collectors will also find surprises in fashion photography, books, jewelry, and antique silver–and in perfect time for anyone seeking truly unique, original or specialized holiday gifts.

Lot 21. A Rare Leather Bound Volume of George Washington's Address On His Declining A Re-election To The Presidency, A. Stoddard, circa 1797. Washington's "Farewell Address" is one of the classic statements of republican principles for the new nation. It also burnished the image of American Cincinnatus that had been bestowed on Washington after his first retirement in 1783. Although the Address was widely published in newspapers and as a long pamphlet, original copies are scarce, and are exceedingly hard to find in original bindings.

Lot 21. A Rare Leather Bound Volume of George Washington’s Address On His Declining A Re-election To The Presidency, A. Stoddard, circa 1797. Washington’s “Farewell Address” is one of the classic statements of republican principles for the new nation. It also burnished the image of American Cincinnatus that had been bestowed on Washington after his first retirement in 1783. Although the Address was widely published in newspapers and as a long pamphlet, original copies are scarce, and are exceedingly hard to find in original bindings.

Kristina Barbara Johnson was named one of America’s Top 100 Collectors in Art and Antiques from 1986 to 1996, and it is a testament the depth of her passion for collecting and the breadth of her interests that noteworthy and attractive pieces continue to come to market. The rarest piece at auction from her collection is arguably an unusual leather-bound copy of George Washington’s address “On His Declining A Re-election To The Presidency,” printed by A. Stoddard, circa 1797. A granite portrait bust of George Washington also comes to the sale, exact age unknown, but according to the estate, found in Roscoe, New York in the early 20th century. Two antique fairground finds consist of a pair of 19th century carousel benches, bookended with animal armrests, and a pair of midway ride fascia boards, each in the shape of an octopus with moving pendulous eyelids. Both sets bear their original paint decoration. Also of carved and painted timber, a confidence decoy of a tundra swan, neck looped to preen its back feathers, dates to the early 20th century.

Lot 4. 1949 Dodge Cantrell Type Highland Woody

Lot 4. 1949 Dodge Cantrell Type Highland Woody

One of the leading lots from the Johnson collection is a 1949 Dodge B-2-B Van Woodie, with a Cantrell body. This vintage automobile is in running condition, with a mileage of 50,000 listed on the title. A pair of massive recovered natural whale jawbones, an artifact from the time that Johnson had the largest private whaling collection in the world, were used as a garden entranceway on her estate. A panoramic scroll from 19th century Ireland, 25 feet in length, depicts the rolling Irish countryside along with cityscapes of Galway and Dublin. An antique hooked rug, though Asian-inspired in design, is of classic American construction, with four red dragons circling a medallion of the same color on a black field.

Lot 153. Frank McCarthy (American, 1924-2002) On the Way to the Alamo, Davy Crockett and a Few Friends, 1970, oil on board

Lot 153. Frank McCarthy (American, 1924-2002) On the Way to the Alamo, Davy Crockett and a Few Friends, 1970, oil on board

Leading fine art at the auction is an oil painting on board by Frank McCarthy (American, 1924-2002), titled “On the way to the Alamo, Davy Crockett and a few friends”. Dated 1970, the painting tugs the figures on horseback forward beneath a towering cloud in an expanse of blue sky, and is an excellent example of the depictions of the American West that made McCarthy famous. Another American panorama of the earlier part of the 20th century, “High Sierras,” is an oil on board attributed to Edgar Payne (American, 1883-1947), with distant sun-tinged mountains seen through a high-altitude gap of trees and rock. A decidedly different kind of Americana is an original acrylic painting by pop art master Peter Max (German-American, b. 1937), “American Flag,” dated 2008. The two most notable 19th century oil paintings are Eugene Petit’s (French, 1839-1886) “Still Life with Flowers,” and “Judith at the tent of Holofernes,” by genre painter Alfred W. Elmore (British, 1815-1881), dating to circa 1871.

Lot 117. Bruce Evans (American, b. 1950) Feline Curiosity, 1983, photorealist acrylic painting on canvas

Lot 117. Bruce Evans (American, b. 1950) Feline Curiosity, 1983, photorealist acrylic painting on canvas

Several contemporary and 20th century artists with connections to the Philadelphia area are shown to advantage in the sale. Charles Searles (1937-2004), who primarily worked in brightly-painted wood sculptures, abstract but rhythmic and structured, has a representative untitled piece from 1988. The three-dimensional sculpture works within its two-dimensional wall-mountable frame, which bears a label from the Sande Webster Gallery on the reverse. Three acrylic paintings on canvas come from Bruce Evans (b. 1950), a painter who blends hyperrealism and surrealism, with nods to modernist abstraction. He is well known for his animal portraits, as with his “Feline Curiosity,” of 1983, in which the black-and-white photorealist cat is transfixed by what appears to be a swipe of rainbow paint across the surface of its own painting. “Odds and Ends” (1979) also layers Pollock-style spatter on top of an assemblage of images, painted with its own shadow so it appears to hover above the level of the faux-collage. Antonio Martino (1902-1989) is shown in two fine seascapes in oil, one on canvas and one on board; an oil on canvas still life by the wife of his brother Giovanni, Eva Marinelli Martino (b. 1929) also appears in the auction.

Lot 201. Attributed to Kazimir Malevich (Russian, 1879-1935), First Supremacist Fabric Design

Lot 201. Attributed to Kazimir Malevich (Russian, 1879-1935), First Supremacist Fabric Design

The auction’s modern and contemporary art also has an international scope. An oil painting on canvas, “Pink Pig with Ladybugs,” by Swiss visionary artist Erich Staub (b. 1942), is characteristic of his blend of folk quality and the surreal. Cuban artist Kcho, born Alexis Leiva Machado in 1970, has gained international fame for his large sculptures and installation pieces, and his two crayon drawings on paper at auction, “Instalacion” (2002), and “Archipielago” (2001) bear the same architectural imagination. A framed and matted textile, titled “First Supremacist Fabric Design,” is attributed to Kazimir Malevich (Russian, 1879-1935). Other paintings include an abstract canvas by Yannis Maltezos (Greek, 1915-1987), and “Portrait of a Lady,” by Hungarian-born artist Pal Fried (1893-1976).

Lot 100. Wilson Bigaud (Haitian/ Port-au-Prince, 1931-2010) Marriage at Cana, 1981, oil painting on canvas

Lot 100. Wilson Bigaud (Haitian/ Port-au-Prince, 1931-2010) Marriage at Cana, 1981, oil painting on canvas

Additionally, the wealth of Haitian art in the sale makes it a category unto itself, led by a gorgeous “Marriage at Cana” by Wilson Bigaud (1931-2010). The oil-on-canvas painting dates to 1981, which was the same year that he painted murals of the same event–“The Marriage at Cana”–in the Saint Trinite Episcopal Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, widely regarded as his masterpiece. Pieces by Louisiane St. Fleurant, Seymour Etienne Bottex, Jerome Polycarpe, Abel Michel, Luckner Lazard, and many others contribute to the fifteen lots of 20th century Haitian painting. Other Haitian art at the auction includes thirteen lots of carved wood sculptures of various subjects and five lots of steel drum wall sculptures.

Contemporary ceramic art is led by three earthenware vessels by Bennett Bean (American, b. 1941). Bean’s signature style is at play in all three pieces; of his diverse influences, Native American pottery may prevail most in the abstract decoration and form. Ceramic artist Andrea Gill (American, b. 1948) also brings an earthenware vase to auction, an impressive piece at just under two feet tall. The glazed vessel sports a variety of floral, grass and leaf-like forms, with a face affixed almost like a mask to the front.

The auction features 10 lots of original fashion photographs by Paul Rowland, including original silver gelatin prints, unique polaroids, and contact sheets. Rowland founded Women Model Management and Supreme Management, and has been a driving force in the fashion and modeling industry since the 1980’s.

Lot 412. Indian Sandstone Carving of Seated Deity, Kubera, 11th-12th C.

Lot 412. Indian Sandstone Carving of Seated Deity, Kubera, 11th-12th C.

The variety in Asian art is almost boundless, with pieces in all categories of art, furnishing and decor from China, Japan, Tibet, Nepal, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Turkey and Afghanistan. Over 100 lots from the estate of Robert Swan Lindsley and Eric Hoage, Philadelphia, include Chinese and Japanese ceramics, porcelain and earthenware, carvings, and scroll paintings, prints and calligraphy. Of particular note are two lots of carved stone statues dating back to the 11th or 12th centuries: a sandstone carving of the deity Kubera from India, and a grouping of two carved stone heads, mounted on stands, one an Indian sandstone head of Vishnu, and the other a stone head of Buddha Shakyamuni, from Thailand.

Large statuary and garden adornments are also available in the sale. Once a fixture at Ravenhill Academy of Philadelphia, a massive statue of Saint Michael stands at over six feet high. The bronze statue bears the stamp of its studio, the Daprato Statuary Company of Chicago, well-known for its production of fine religious statuary and fixtures since the mid-19th century. A neo-classical urn of patinated bronze, created on the model of a classic antique garden urn, is highly decorated with garlands, cherubs, and the faces of lions.

Lot 271. Pair Versace Louis XVI Style Bergeres

Lot 271. Pair Versace Louis XVI Style Bergeres

Furnishings traverse a range of styles, time periods and types, from a marble-topped Art Deco center table with wrought iron in the style of Edgar Brandt, to a Charles and Ray Eames chaise longue named ‘La Chaise,’ whose white abstract form was inspired in 1948 by the sculpture “Floating Figure,” by Gaston Lachaise. Other notable lots include a pair of opulent Versace Louis XVI-style bergeres, with affixed Gianni Versace nameplates, a Gaetano Pesce Feltri chair of royal purple and red, and two antique 19th century confectioner’s tables, with glass surfaces that were designed to stay cool for displaying chocolates. Many additional elements for interior design statements range from a vintage Williams Pin Bot pinball machine to a French grape harvest basket, tole-painted with the name of the Chateau Coufran Winery.

Lot 267. Louis Vuitton Cabin Trunk

Lot 267. Louis Vuitton Cabin Trunk

High-quality designer home goods and accessories also put in an impressive showing, led by a Louis Vuitton cabin trunk, dating to the late 19th or early 20th century, with an associated display stand. Other Louis Vuitton items at auction include a hard-sided valise suitcase, and a monogram hat box. Two Cartier timepieces are auctioned separately: an Art Deco style gilt brass and enameled desk clock from Cartier Paris, with its original box and fitted case, and a 1930s Cartier ladies watch, of solid 10 karat gold and diamonds.

 

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Ancient and Traditional Arts: Live Auction Saturday, October 31, 10am est http://materialculture.com/ancient-and-traditional-arts/ Mon, 19 Oct 2015 14:39:45 +0000 http://materialculture.com/?p=18530 strip

Ancient and Traditional Arts

Live Auction: Saturday, October 31, 2015, 10am est


Exhibition: October 29-30, 11am-5pm

Lots 1-178: The Piero and Paola Ferro Collection: Antique Chinese Amber, Jade, Archeo Gold and Talismans

Lots 179-775: Asian, Ethnographic Arts, Antique Oriental Rugs & Textiles

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Material Culture’s upcoming auction, “Ancient and Traditional Arts,” is a sale with such breadth of outstanding art and artifacts that it has been divided into a two-part event. The full day of sales begins at 10 AM, on Saturday, October 31, 2015, opening with the Piero and Paola Ferro collection of antique Chinese amber, jade, archeological gold and talismans. Part two, “Asian, Ethnographic Arts, Antique Oriental Rugs and Textiles,” a wealth of topnotch pieces in these categories, will commence at a time to be determined by the pace of bidding.

The Piero and Paola Ferro Collection (Lots 1-178)

Piero and Paola Ferro, of Milan, Italy, found their artistic calling as jewelry designers and craftspeople, drawing inspiration from antique, original pieces that they collected on their wide-ranging and frequent travels across Asia and the Middle East. Their brand, established in 1986, brings a strong multiethnic imprint to modern design, incorporating found pieces from these journeys in a synthesis of centuries and continents. A dedicated globetrotter, Piero Ferro began buying antiques abroad in 1978, and when he and Paola met in 1982, they began traveling together, seeking out treasures to resell to European dealers as a means of making their passion for travel into a business. Eventually, the precious stones, pearls, artifacts and jewelry fragments they found inspired their own designs, and they began traveling in part to source these incomparable materials. But on all of their trips, they would keep something truly exceptional or captivating for themselves—and this collection, the harvest of their extensive travels, is what Material Culture is proud to bring to market in this sale.

Lot 55. A Seljuk Era Red Amber Amulets Necklace, XI c., Persia,

Lot 55. A Seljuk Era Red Amber Amulets Necklace, XI c., Persia,

Nearly 300 pieces come to the sale from the Ferro collection, with origins in China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Yemen, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines, and dating as far back as the second century BCE. One rare piece, preserved in its entirety, which might be said to lead the sale is an extraordinary Seljuq dynasty Iranian necklace made of carved amber amulets, dating to the 11th century. The amulets ringing the necklace bear different shapes—spearheads, lions, sphinx, and anthropomorphic figures—but all are carved in red amber, one of the most rare and valuable varieties. Another complete piece of sequence jewelry, remarkably maintained for its millennia of age, is a striking bracelet which alternates 22-karat gold beads with pieces of amber in different hues. The bracelet likely dates to the Parthian or Arsacid dynasty of the Persian Empire, as old as the 2nd century BCE.

The collection features a trove of ancient and antique gold jewelry from Afghanistan, Persia, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, including rings, bracelets, earrings, pendants, necklaces, and other artifacts. From the Majapahit period of what is now known as Indonesia, a pair of embossed and chiseled 22 karat gold bracelets, dating to the 15th century, are exceptionally fine. A 15th century gold ring evokes the splendor of this era, with a rose-like pattern encircling an apotropaic agate. A number of finely-detailed earrings and delicate ‘bird rings’ in the auction from this Javanese empire may date as far back as the 10th century. A highlight of later Indonesian gold is a stunning 18th century bracelet from Sulawesi, in finely-detailed 14 karat gold.

Lot 70. 22K Gold Lord Ganesh Pendant, India, XIX c.

Lot 70. 22K Gold Lord Ganesh Pendant, India, XIX c.

Some of the auction’s outstanding pieces in gold originate in India. One of the most remarkable is a 19th century pendant, with a painted surface that depicts Ganesha, flanked by Saraswati and Lakshmi. A brilliant, detailed frame of 22 karat gold, with layers of small golden orbs, encompasses the image. A complete necklace from the 19th century centers around another deity pendant, with eight ornaments of paper miniatures encased in glass on either side. Each piece of glass—square, round, and teardrop-shaped—are encased in 22 karat gold, with bell-like gold balls suspended from the bottom. Equally impressive, a string of 22 karat gold beads, with an intricate cut work and granulation construction, also dates to the 19th century.

Another highlight in gold, as old as the 10th century, is a 22 karat star pendant with seven points, from the Philippines. It is auctioned along with the modern 22 karat gold snake chain from which it hangs. From Japan, a brooch of hammered 18 karat gold provides a magnificent mount for a kashira, the ornamented end of a sword’s hilt; this repurposing is a 19th century creation. Another item mounted in gold is a Roman-era jasper seal, fitted into a 20th century ring of 22 karats.

Probably the oldest artifacts at auction from the Ferro collection are its pieces of Bactrian gold, dating to the 2nd century BCE. From what is present-day Afghanistan, a pair of gold and garnet dolphin earrings, and a pendant of two birds holding a pearl, both in 22 karat gold, are most evocative of the Grecian and animist components of this culture. Other pieces of gold originating in the Bactrian kingdom include a 22 karat gold bracelet, two gold and garnet rings, and several pairs of earrings, including an impressively delicate pair of flower earrings with pendant petal-like discs. The auction also includes several ancient Bactrian stone seals, which are likely centuries older.

Lot 54. Amber/Burmite Elephant Statue, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

Lot 54. Amber/Burmite Elephant Statue, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

A substantial and important part of the collection is the abundance of antique Chinese amber, all of which dates to either the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) or the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). Perhaps the most impressive piece is an elephant statue made of rare deep red Burmite amber, but each of the amber artifacts in the auction displays a gorgeous marriage of hue and artistry. A total of 37 amber amulets depict a diversity of forms—human, dragon, phoenix, qilin, carp, flower, leaf, waves, clouds—which would have been stitched into cloth caps, made into pins or belt buckles to carry on the person as a talisman. Amber from Burma and from the Roman era are also brought to auction.

No less remarkable is the Ferro collection of jade, from several different cultures. From Moghul India, four separate lots of white jade pendants are exquisitely inlaid with gems and gold in the Islamic motif of different flowers springing from a single root. The most ornate is dotted with emeralds and diamonds, and features an additional crescent moon and calligraphic figure; all date to the 19th century. Also from 19th century India, a spinach jade walking stick handle is capped with the finely carved head of a mouflon ram. Two pieces of excellent Chinese jade incorporate other precious materials: a Qing Dynasty jade pendant is looped by gold and pink sapphires, and a white jade swan of the 19th century has a chiselled wave-capped wreath of 18 karat gold in which to nest. The sale also includes jade from Burma and Japan.

Lot 138. Necklace of Ancient Beads, 22K Bactrian Gold Pendant, and 18k Gold Beads, India, XIX c.

Lot 138. Necklace of Ancient Beads, 22K Bactrian Gold Pendant, and 18k Gold Beads, India, XIX c.

Another thrilling addition to the auction are seven pieces designed and created by Paola Ferro, giving ancient elements a new birth with modern invention. Each possesses a unique spirit through the amalgamation of its pieces’ history—one gorgeous necklace marries Roman translucent glass beads, sourced from Syria for the rich iron in its sand, Bactrian gold amulets from centuries BCE, and two fifteenth-century Arab coins. Another necklaces reunites an assortment of lapis lazuli beads and amulets from the Afghanistan of the Middle Ages, neatly spaced with gold beads. Pendants of Roman glass shaped like birds take flight alongside gold butterflies around a chain of glass beads and gold.

Asian, Ethnographic Arts, Antique Oriental Rugs & Textiles (Lots 179-775)

Lot 181. Pair of Chinese Tang Dynasty Dvarapala Carved Stone Sculptures (618-907 CE)

Lot 181. Pair of Chinese Tang Dynasty Dvarapala Carved Stone Sculptures (618-907 CE)

With nearly 600 lots in the auction’s second half alone, many different categories of art, from a variety of cultures, boast remarkable entries. China’s centuries of exquisite artistic tradition provide some of the sale’s many highlights, led by a pair of Dvarapala carved stone sculptures dating to the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE). Muscular and fierce, these gate guardians strike an imposing posture, with one arm raised and one akimbo. Their stone is a dark gray, with remnants of white pigment; bases of original stone support the feet, with custom-built additional stands included.

Lot 179. A Rare Embroidered Silk Dragon Robe, Chinese Qing Dynasty, mid 19th c.

Lot 179. A Rare Embroidered Silk Dragon Robe, Chinese Qing Dynasty, mid 19th c.

From over a millennia later, but no less exceptional, a rare embroidered silk dragon robe features a multitude of golden dragons on a black field, with a prismatic play of metal thread. During the Qing Dynasty, to which this 19th century robe dates, “dragon robes” became the official name for these garments, which had been made to be worn exclusively by emperors for centuries. The original wool lining is preserved, and the robe is in excellent condition. William Jay Russel, who served as Standard Oil’s representative agent in Asia between 1896 and 1902, acquired the robe during this time, and it comes to the auction by descent to the present owner. An array of Chinese ceramics dating to the Song, Ming and Qing eras are led by a gorgeous milk-white porcelain ewer of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) from a Princeton, New Jersey estate. From a Boston-area estate, a massive Chinese pagoda made of patinated bronze stands at approximately six feet high. Very large foo dogs, or guardian lions, made of carved stone date to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912).

Lot 182. Pair of 17/18th c. Tibetan Thangkas

Lot 182. Pair of 17/18th c. Tibetan Thangkas

A showing of fine Tibetan thangkas delivers one of the significant points in Asian textiles. Six of these Buddhist devotional paintings come from a Maine estate, with several dating to the 17th-18th centuries. A pair, both centered on a Buddha suspended on a background of cornflower blue, are auctioned together. Blue silk streamers dip over the front of one thangka, while the other has two short pieces of resist-dyed silk just skimming the image. Both are backed with muted gold hand-woven cotton, painted with large birds and flowers, and block-printed with smaller flowers along the backing border.

Lot 532. Antique Japanese Boro, Late 19th/ early 20th c.

Lot 532. Antique Japanese Boro, Late 19th/ early 20th c.

From Japan, a selection of Boro and Sashiko textiles (lots 532-541) come from a number of consignors, including the De Hoogh Gallery of Philadelphia, known best for its Japanese art. ‘Boro’ means rags or tatters in its literal translation, and Boro textiles are those made of a patchwork of repurposed scraps or mended pieces. The used fragments are all the indigo of traditional Japanese dyeing, but in different patterns, shapes, and sizes, culminating in utterly charming irregular tapestries. As a phrase, ‘boro boro’ is used to convey the beauty of something ragged, frayed, and touched by time, and these textiles, which were traditionally constructed by peasants out of utilitarian need, also carry personal and family history. All of the Boro and Sashiko pieces in the auction date to the late 19th and early 20th century. Another noteworthy piece of Japanese art is a giant carved stone lantern of the Meiji period (1868-1912).

Lot 276. Bronze Statue of Dancing Baby Krishna, circa 1800-1850, India

Lot 276. Bronze Statue of Dancing Baby Krishna, circa 1800-1850, India

The Matthew Friedman Collection of Asian Bronze contributes a total of fifty-two lots to the sale, with statues and vessels from India, China, Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Thailand. Mr. Friedman is the author of three books concerning antique Asian bronze, including “Nepalese Casted Decanters, Vessels, and Bowls,” “Bangladesh Metal Casting: Five Techniques” and “Nepalese Cast Ceremonial Lamps.” He is also the CEO of the Mekong Club, a Hong Kong-based organization of business leaders committed to helping the fight against human trafficking. Of the many fine Buddhist statues in the Friedman collection, the most prominent may be two dating to 1750 or earlier—an ornate Chinese Buddha with a large headdress, a base of flowers and a bird perched on his right, and a simpler, serene Thai Buddha on a classic lotus. The most exceptional of the multitude of Hindu sculptures is arguably that of a dancing baby Krishna of rare form, from early 19th century India. A pronounced patina adds charm to the sculpture’s excellent detail.

Lot 367. Antique Mansion-Size Bidjar Rug: 12" x 22", Persia, circa 1900

Lot 367. Antique Mansion-Size Bidjar Rug: 12″ x 22″, Persia, circa 1900

A notable portion of the sale, nearly 100 lots, is devoted to antique Oriental rugs, with carpets to tempt collectors and decorators alike. A very fine group of late 19th century oversize Persian carpets, from a variety of estates, provide unquestionable highlights. A truly outstanding Garrus Bidjar carpet in excellent condition with near full pile preservation, could be counted at mansion-sized with dimensions of 12 feet by 22 feet. Other similarly sizeable 19th century carpets include a gorgeous ruby-toned Serapi, an intricate dark-field Sarouk Ferahan carpet, and several of the Bakshaish and Sultanabad varieties. From the early 20th century, a Persian Meshed carpet bears the inscription of the famous Emogli workshop. The beautiful garnet-colored rug measures an impressive 15 feet 6 inches by 22 feet 7 inches. Other fine room-sized carpets include several late 19th century Oushak Carpets from Turkey, highly prized by decorators for their muted colors and informal patterns.

Lot 352. Antique Karachov Kazak Rug: 5'7" x 7'2", 19th c.

Lot 352. Antique Karachov Kazak Rug: 5’7″ x 7’2″, 19th c.

Two outstanding antique village rugs, both dating to the 19th century, come to auction from a New Mexico estate. Brilliantly preserved colors make a Karachov Kazak rug especially impressive, with a classic central ivory medallion on a deep green field, and a golden border with rich reds and a spectacular example of the coveted aubergine hue. A jewel-toned west Anatolian rug, dominated by crimson, comes from the Bergama area of Turkey. Also from the 19th century, a Caucasian Perpedil design prayer rug with an ivory ground and deep tones of wine and dark blue was acquired from a Vermont estate. A fine antique Agra rug with a central red field in a classical Moghul style, bears some oxidization on its browns and areas of wear consistent to its 19th century age.

A true abundance of excellent antique textiles ranges across continents with pieces from the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. Over 100 lots originate from Southeast and Central Asia alone, including suzanis, ikat silks, and lakai embroideries from Uzbekistan, and many museum-quality ethnographic textiles from Laos, Thailand and the Philippines.

A variety of pre-Columbian textiles span centuries of different cultures that flourished in what is now Peru, from Sihuas (200 BCE – 100 CE) through Chancay (1100 – 1400 CE), with additional examples from Nazca (200-600 CE), Huari (700-1000) and Central Coast (1100-1400). The oldest is a Sihuas mantle of camelid wool, whose linear motifs are woven in the discontinuous warp and weft method with double interlocked joins.

Lot 437. Antique Moroccan Saf Panel: 5'6" x 17'6", 18/19th c.

Lot 437. Antique Moroccan Saf Panel: 5’6″ x 17’6″, 18/19th c.

In Middle Eastern textiles, one highlight bears a remarkable provenance, having been given by Saudi Princess Hussa, niece of the King, to her doctor in the 1950s; it comes to auction by descent to the present owner. The piece is a luxuriant classical Ottoman style robe of ivory silk, brocaded with floral and geometrical patterns, with an inscription and a separate over-mantle. Other notable lots include a large antique Moroccan saf panel, with nine consecutive prayer arches in sumptuous velvet and silk of emerald green and ruby red, detailed by metal thread. Some fraying and losses are the result of its age, which may be as old as the 18th century. Another velvet piece of an even greater age is an Ottomon yastik panel, dating the the 17th century.

Lot 322. Antique French Pictorial Tapestry: 62" x 75", circa 1800

Lot 322. Antique French Pictorial Tapestry: 62″ x 75″, circa 1800

Leading the category of European textile is an antique French pictorial tapestry in superb condition, coming to auction from an estate in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. Dating to circa 1800, the tapestry depicts many motifs that were favorites in the Romantic movement of the turn of the 19th century: a trio of beautifully-dressed young people lounge beneath tree-lined ruins, surrounded by a pastoral heaven with sheep and a town in the distance.

Tribal and folk arts make a very strong showing in the sale, with tantalizing selections from Africa, indigenous cultures from North and South America, Mexico, and Asia, particularly Papua New Guinea and India. Thirty-seven lots of figures and masks, chiefly from Africa and Papua New Guinea, bears provenance that includes Howard Nowes’ Art for Eternity Gallery, a long-time establishment on New York’s Upper East Side, specializing in ancient and tribal art. An additional 10 lots of African art were once part of the Charles Hudgins collection; Hudgins, who passed in 2011, was a Minneapolis-based art dealer and founder of the Minnesota Antique Dealer Association.

Lot 625. Amazonian Circular Fan Headdress (Aheto or House for the Head); central Brazil, Karaja People, 20th c.

Lot 625. Amazonian Circular Fan Headdress (Aheto or House for the Head); central Brazil, Karaja People, 20th c.

From the Americas, a dramatic Amazonian circular fan headdress was made by the Karaja people, also known as Iny, of central Brazil. Striking iridescent black feathers strobe in alternation with white feathers at the center, with split sticks, tipped by multi-colored feathers, extending to every compass point. This 20th century headdress would have been worn at the back of the head, and the bold statement this created is evident even when mounted on a wall.

Lot 624. Eva Wolfe (Cherokee, 1922-2004) Monumental Rivercane Basket

Lot 624. Eva Wolfe (Cherokee, 1922-2004) Monumental Rivercane Basket

Native American pieces from the northern continent include a rare 19th century Hopi ceremonial sash from the De Hoogh Gallery, and a very fine rivercane basket made by award-winning master basket weaver, Eva Wolfe (Cherokee, 1922-2004). Several Mexican masks come to auction from the collection of Rev. Richard and Jean Kellaway of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, which formed the backbone of the travelling exhibition “Mexican Masks of the 20th Century: A Living Tradition,” created by the Danforth Museum.

Lot 490 (top). Large Old Indian Narrative Painting (Pabuji Ki Phad): 54" x 181", early/mid 20th c., Lot 491 (bottom). Large Old Indian Narrative Painting (Pabuji Ki Phad): 4'7" x 15'7", early/mid 20th c.

Lot 490 (top) and Lot 491 (bottom). Large Old Indian Narrative Paintings (Pabuji Ki Phad) Early/Mid 20th c.

A notable inclusion in folk art is a pair of lots of large Indian narrative painting, or ‘Pabuji Ki Phad,’ from the early 20th century. This art form, particularly popular in western Rajasthan, chronicles the deeds of the folk deity Pabuji, a Rajput prince. The paintings are created by priest singers called Bhopas, whose songs narrate the scenes depicted. Antique tribal jewelry and ethnographic pieces from the Naga people of northeast India and northwest Myanmar include bright and beautiful necklaces, belts, and headbands made of glass beads, properly documented ivory bracelets and armlets, and a fine cowry shell apron.

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