SEEKING QUALITY CONSIGNMENTS FROM INDIVIDUALS, ESTATES, PRIVATE COLLECTIONS, BUSINESSES, TRUSTS, MUSEUMS, UNIVERSITIES
Asian Arts | Decorative Arts | Fine Art | Folk Art | Outsider Art
Ethnographic Arts | Antiques | Garden
Modern Design | Fine Carpets & Textiles | Vintage Couture
Fine Books & Manuscripts | Jewelry & Timepieces
Silver & Objects de Vertu
With over three decades of experience in the fields of art, decorative arts, antiques and collectibles from around the world, Material Culture brings a discerning eye and a careful hand to the marketing and selling of your property at public auction. We conduct many heavily-advertised theme, general estate, and single owner/estate auctions throughout the year, covering a vast and eclectic array of diverse material, periods, styles and price ranges.
Whether you are an individual or a business seeking to consign a single object, a collection, or an estate; or a museum or university seeking to de-accession items, our specialists and experienced staff will provide you with individualized attention and service through the entire auction process, from pre-assessment inspection to post-auction payment.
Material Culture provides auction consignors a transparent, no-surprises, low flat % rate which takes into account our shared goal of reaching the strongest, most competitive markets for your property; there are no additional charges or fees for photography, marketing, internet listings and insurance.
The internet has leveled the global auction playing field: the times when it may have made sense to send items to New York or London are long gone. All our auctions are accessible to an international audience through online platforms that inter-face in real time with the live in-house auction sales. Our auctions regularly attract thousands of online bidders from 60+ countries, and we place the highest priority on achieving the best results by reaching a global audience.
Our spacious auction and exhibition areas are among the finest in the country, and our central, convenient location in Philadelphia (just 11 minutes from the Philadelphia Art Museum, Center City and 30th Street Station) has free, unlimited parking 7 days a week, including easy access loading and unloading for every size vehicle and truck. Material Culture’s auction exhibition galleries, 15,000 square feet of naturally-lit space, are housed under the same roof as Material Culture’s 40,000+ square foot retail store, exhibition and event space.
Consigning Made Easy
Auction Estimates: First, we need to learn about the items you wish to sell to determine which of our upcoming auctions would be the best match for them, and to provide you with an auction estimate. This assessment is free-of-charge and confidential. We can review your objects in a number of ways:
Photographs: An easy first step is to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail photographs to us. Please include any information you can give us regarding the dimensions, condition or markings, media, and provenance, which are often important factors in determining the object’s value. This will help us make our assessment, though our estimate may change on first-hand examination.
Call Us: If you would prefer, you can also call us at (215) 438–4700 to discuss the details of the objects you would like to sell. Please explain to the receptionist that you have an item you would like to sell at auction, and you will be forwarded to the appropriate specialist.
Visit Us: Examining an object in person allows us to give you the most informed auction estimate. If you would like to make an appointment to meet with us to estimate the value of your auction item, email email@example.com, or call us at (215) 438–4700, with a date and time of your preference.
In-Home Visit: If you are seeking to auction off an entire estate, an extensive collection, or a large item with limited mobility, a specialist can be made available to travel to your location to make an assessment.
Transportation: If you are unable to transport or ship the items yourself, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at (215) 438–4700, and we will work with you to find a solution.