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Howard Finster (1915-2001) Henry Ford and Family Dogs, Sold for $37,500

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Joseph Solman (Russian/American 1909-2008), Sold for $10,625

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Purvis Young (1943-2010) Untitled (Black Panthers), c. 1970’s, Sold for $25,000

Purvis Young (American, 1943-2010), Sold for $13,750


Material Culture is celebrating the spirit, animation and theatricality of folk, self-taught and ethnographic arts in its May 26 auction, Folk Out Loud: AN IMPORTANT AUCTION OF FOLK, SELF-TAUGHT & ETHNOGRAPHIC ART. Featuring 450 lots, the sale will provide an exciting mix of art and artifacts from around the world, from paintings by important self-taught artists, to African tribal art, to American cigar store Indians. Objects at the auction nearly encompass the history of folk art, with pre-historic to 12th century to 21st century artifacts being presented for sale.

Joseph Csaky (French, 1888-1971) Bronze Sculpture, Sold for $10,625


May Estates Auction: Silver, Period Furnishings, Fine Art, Antiques, Asian Decorative Arts, Oriental Rugs, Art Glass, Much More. An Eclectic Estate Auction Filled With Many Unreserved Items. Highlights include: Joseph Csaky (French, 1888-1971) Bronze Sculpture; George William Mote (British, 1832-1909) Oil Painting; Dennis Abbe Art Deco Revival Glass Fire Screen; Margo De Mexico Sterling Silver Tea Service. Featuring Large Estate Collections of Asian Cloisonne and Ethnographic Arts.

Material Culture brings a truly unique collection of traditional art to auction in its sale The Max Garb Collection of African and Ethnographic Arts, on April 28, 2013. An outsider to the world of tribal art dealers, Max Garb made his living as an elevator operator on Chicago’s Golden Mile, but what he called his magnificent obsession with ethnographic arts spurred him to assemble an extraordinary collection. Started in the 1970s, Garb’s collection is the fruit of “half a lifetime”, by his own reckoning. At one point, it totaled approximately 700 artifacts, largely from Africa, but also from Japan, Nepal, Tibet, Bali, New Guinea, Guatemala and Mexico. The auction will comprise 300+ lots of objects from Garb’s estate, several pieces from his collection having already sold in another auction at Material Culture.

Material Culture Auction Department is proud to offer the GlaxoSmithKline LLC art collection at Auction on April 14th 2013. The global health care company’s Philadelphia branch is one of its two large corporate headquarters in the United States, and pieces from its substantial collection have already sold in previous auctions at Material Culture. The collection was amassed during the 1980s through the early 2000s. This sale features 350+ artworks, including works by Robert Natkin, Benton Spruance, Lance Richbourg, Katharine Steele Renninger, Douglas Dean Ohlson, Murray Dessner, Moe Brooker, Fernando de Jesus Oliveira (Ferjo), Diane Burko, William Nichols, John Andre Gundelfinger, Joseph DiGiorgio, Joseph Sweeney, David Robert Brumbach, Karel Appel, Stephen Woodburn, and many more. All of the pieces are sold without reserve, and provide opportunities for any budget and for a broad variety of collectors and connoisseurs.

Selling property from local and national estates.  Highlights include a 19th C. Navajo Germantown blanket from the collection of GlaxoSmithKline; an outstanding 19th C. Kazak Lori Pambak rug from a Philadelphia estate; a 10th Century Seljuk bronze bowl formerly in the Arthur M. Sackler collection; rare Northwest Coast masks from the collection of Max Garb, Chicago; works from local estates by Walter Stuempfig, Dale Chihuly, Peter Max, and more.

An important auction of fine art, antiques, carpets, and ethnographic arts titled “Collector’s Eye.” A portion of the 350+ lots up for sale come from the art collection of the international healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline LLC, which holds many museum-quality pieces.

14th-16th C. Tibetan Thangka of Vajra Varahui, Sold for $47,500

“The Spirits of my Reincarnation Brothers and Sisters,” the name of an exceptional painting by Prince Twins Seven-Seven, up for sale at this auction, lends a title to this selection of  art, antiquities, textiles, carpets, and other fine artifacts, including items from Bill Liske’s collection of antique Tibetan and Chinese textiles, and select works of fine, folk, outsider, self-taught, ethnographic and decorative art.

Our Inaugural Specialty Catalogue Sale showcases the Bill Liske Collection of Antique Tibetan Textiles, Carpets and Artifacts, with items from the Yuan and Ming dynasties including a truly outstanding 14th century Yuan silk embroidered thangka. Other contributors’ lots include a group of 17th-18th century Ottoman textiles, an early 17th century Spanish Alcaraz carpet, and two exceptional mid-19th century west Anatolian village carpets.

Samuel Robb Cigar Store Statue, Sold for $36,250

Inaugural Auction: “New World Orders” – Sat, May 5 (11 am) – Our Inaugural Catalogue Sale features a selection of art, antiques, collectables and decorative arts, including a Samuel Robb cigar store Indian, and pieces by renowned world artists, such as Chinese painters Fan Zeng and Gou Runwen, American self-taught artists James Castle and Felipe Jesus Consalvos, and Nigerian painter Prince Twins Seven-Seven.


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