HEART OF THE COLLECTION

Browse the Virtual Print Catalog HEART OF THE COLLECTION | American Self-Taught, Haitian, Jamaican and African Art From the Collections of
 Jonathan Demme and Ford Wheeler by Ellen Adair PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 21, 2017: Jonathan Demme and Ford Wheeler, two artists who have long collaborated in the world of film, have now joined forces to bring their exceptional art collections to market, in a dedicated auction presented by Material Culture. “Heart of the Collection: American Self-Taught, Haitian, Jamaican and African Art From the Collections of Jonathan Demme and Ford Wheeler” finds a natural home in Material Culture, a Philadelphia-based auction house that specializes in folk and self-taught art from around the world. The multicultural scope of Demme and Wheeler’s artistic tastes are reflected in their buoyant collections, encompassing Haitian and American self-taught artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as art and collectibles from Africa, Asia, and North America. More than 550 lots will come to auction on Sunday, March 19, 2017 starting at 11 AM EST.  Live online bidding will be available through Liveauctioneers, Bidsquare, and Invaluable. Material Culture’s gallery space will also house an exhibition of the vibrant collections of Demme and Wheeler for several weeks leading up to the [...]

February 21st, 2017|Auctions|

Auction | February Estates

February Estates Live Online* Auction: Monday, February 27, 2017, 10AM EST Public Exhibition: February 25-26, 11AM-5PM *Also accepting Phone and Absentee Bids PLEASE NOTE: WE SELL APPROXIMATELY 80 LOTS PER HOUR LOTS 1-279: Fine Art, Decorative Arts, Folk Art, Asian Art, Estate Jewelry, Collectibles LOTS 280-462: Ancient Arts: Pre Colombian, Greco-Roman, China LOTS 463-617: International Textile Arts LOTS 618-776: Oriental and Moroccan Rugs and Kilims Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals:   Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF)        

February 8th, 2017|Auctions|

AUCTION | The Jonathan Demme and Ford Wheeler Collections

HEART OF THE COLLECTION | American Self-Taught, Haitian, Jamaican and African Art From the Collections of Jonathan Demme and Ford Wheeler LIVE AUCTION: Sunday, March 19, 2017, 11AM EST Exhibition: March 4-18, 11am-5pm Opening Reception: Saturday, March 4, 1pm-4pm Refreshments, Free, Open to the Public PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 21, 2017: Jonathan Demme and Ford Wheeler, two artists who have long collaborated in the world of film, have now joined forces to bring their exceptional art collections to market, in a dedicated auction presented by Material Culture… Read More JOIN US | Oscar-Winning Director Jonathan Demme, Production Designer Ford Wheeler and Material Culture Invite You to Celebrate “THE HEART OF THE COLLECTION” Special Pre-Auction Exhibition Party with Live Music Saturday, March 18, 7pm-11pm Refreshments, Free, RSVP REQUIRED: info@materialculture.com Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals:   Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF) Browse the Virtual Print Catalog Purchase a Print Catalogue ($25, free shipping, 136 pages) auctions@materialculture.com  

January 18th, 2017|Auctions|

Fine, Folk, Outsider & Ethnographic Art | Auction: Jan 23

FOLK OUT LOUD | Fine, Folk, Outsider & Ethnographic Art Online* Auction: Monday, January 23, 2017, 10AM EST Exhibition: January 21-22, 11AM-5PM *Also accepting Phone and Absentee Bids Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals:   Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF) Browse the Virtual Print Catalog

January 7th, 2017|Auctions|

TRIBAL ARTS AUCTION | AFR, PNG, NWC | NO RESERVES

Fine Large Single Owner Tribal Arts Collection | Africa, PNG, NWC & Beyond | No Reserves Online* Auction: Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 10AM EST Exhibition: January 16-17, 11AM-5PM *Also accepting Phone and Absentee Bids Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals:    Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF) Call to Collectors and Re-Sellers: Material Culture Welcomes the New Year with a No Reserve Tribal Arts Auction Featuring 300 Lots of 1500+ Items From a Private Collection Assembled Over Many Years ~ Please Note: Bidding on All Lots Will Start at $50 ~

January 5th, 2017|Auctions|

immaterial worlds | auction, dec. 19

immaterial worlds | buddhist, hindu, shaman, nomad, tribe Online* Auction: Monday, December 19, 2016, 10AM EST
 Exhibition: December 17-18, 11AM-5PM *Also accepting Phone and Absentee Bids Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals:     Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF)

December 5th, 2016|Auctions|

December 5th Auction Highlights | Edward Soleimani Estate

Edward Soleimani was a well regarded collector and dealer of antiques in the northeast. Born in Tehran in 1929, he immigrated to the US in the 1950's to pursue an education and earned several scientific degrees including a PhD in Chemistry from Rutgers University. He worked for a decade as an industrial chemist in both the Greater Chicago and New York areas. In the 1970's he made the transition to the antique rug business and became a student of the trade leading to a successful career in carpets and tapestries from a wide span of international markets. In his later years, he continued to build his collections and developed a sophisticated eye, particularly in tapestries, paintings and Asian art. Ed's well developed art reference library supports the detailed approach and research-based perspective he developed as a professional and collector.

November 23rd, 2016|Auctions|

December Estates Auction, 12-5, 10AM EST

December Estates | Fine Art, Folk Art, Antiques, Decorative Arts, Asian and Ethnographic Arts, Oriental Rugs and Textiles Online* Auction: Monday, December 5, 2016, 10AM EST
 Exhibition: December 3-4, 11AM-5PM *Also accepting Phone and Absentee Bids Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals:     Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF) Featuring Items from the Estates and Collections of Edward Soleimani, Englewood, NJ; Barbara Savadove, Philadelphia, PA; Pamela Scheinman, Princeton, NJ;  Alexander R. Raydon Estate, Raydon Gallery, New York, NY; Catherine Marcucci, Williamstown, NJ.

November 18th, 2016|Auctions|

AUCTION | 19th & 20th C. Rugs, Kilims, Trappings

19th/20th Century Rugs, Kilims & Trappings From American Estates and Collections Online Auction: Monday, November 28, 2016, 10AM EST Exhibition: November 26-27, 11AM-5PM *Also accepting Phone and Absentee Bids Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals:     Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF)

November 14th, 2016|Auctions|

Material Culture Showcases Important African American Philadelphia Artist, Milton Jews

Material Culture is Honored to Offer the Inspired Works of Philadelphia Self-Taught African American Artist, Milton Jews, in the Upcoming Auction: FOLK OUT LOUD | Fine, Folk, Outsider & Ethnographic Art Online* Auction: Monday, January 23, 2017, 10AM EST Exhibition: January 21-22, 11AM-5PM *Also accepting Phone and Absentee Bids Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals:   Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF) Browse the Virtual Print Catalog “Each Piece Has Its Own Story to Tell” The Carved Canes of Milton Jews By Glenn Hinson Folklore Program, Dept. of American Studies, University of North Carolina 1. Master carver Milton O. Jews in his basement workshop; this 1989 image by Roland Freeman is the one he came to call his “family portrait.” Roland L. Freeman, © 2001. Reprinted with permission of the artist. The work all happened in a South Philadelphia basement. Row-house walls kept the space narrow and cramped, while salvaged wood—lumber scraps, downed limbs, rescued boards—littered the floor and constrained movement even further. This was where African American carver Milton Oliver Jews “made chips,” crafting elaborate walking sticks that embodied the spirit and style of the city’s Black working class. His [...]

November 10th, 2016|Auctions|