Meet Oliver Crane, Youngest Person in History to Row Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean!

Meet Oliver Crane, Youngest Person in History (b. 1998) to Row Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean! Join Us for Talk & Refreshments | “A Million Strokes to Home” Sunday, April 8, 2PM Free • Open to Public • Unlimited Free Parking At Sea 44 Days, 16 Hours and 9 Minutes, Raising Awareness and Donations for Ocean Conservation and Homelessness Oliver Crane rowed alone, in a 23-foot vessel equipped with solar panels, navigation equipment, water purifier and a radio. He ate freeze-dried food and tried to sleep in a cabin that was supposed to be water-tight but leaked. “It’s hard to put into words the feeling of standing on a 3-foot high boat, surrounded by waves as big as buildings, crashing around you for as far as the eye can see – the saltiness of the ocean spray.” After six capsizes and 44 days alone in the water, Oliver crossed the finish line on Sunday, January 27, 2018 and achieved a new world record as the youngest solo rower to cross the Atlantic Ocean. He estimated he rowed 2,700 miles. “Being out there by myself was really hard, you know, to keep a smile on my face, Especially when things got tough. I [...]

March 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Film Screening and Talk | “In Rajasthan” | Feb 24.

Film Screening and Talk | “In Rajasthan” With Director/Producer, Katherine Kingsland Winner: Best Documentary, Rajasthan International Film Festival Saturday, February 24, 1:00 PM, Refreshments Free • Open to Public • Unlimited Free Parking In Rajasthan is an intimate look at a disappearing culture in one of India’s most traditional states. It is the story of two families, one Hindu and one Muslim, living in an ancient village in the Thar Desert whose lives have been interwoven for thousands of years with the Rajputs, once their feudal lords and protectors. They speak candidly about marriage, their qualms about their spouses, the caste system, the dubious future of children exposed to the modern world, the afterlife, and the religious differences between them. Today, their traditional way of life is besieged, but their struggles with family, allegiance, religious conflict and death seem timeless. The film is an international collaboration of crew from India, England and the US. It includes internationally acclaimed actor Kabir Bedi as the voice of the storyteller who frames the story, Andrew T. Mackay as the composer of the music score, and Katherine Kingsland as the director/producer. Katherine has worked as a journalist for US and international television networks including [...]

February 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Party of the Year! Supper Club, Saturday, March 31

  Baba Olga's Supper Club Presents MATERIAL CULTURE'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY OF THE YEAR! Saturday, March 31, 7pm-11pm LIVE MUSIC ~The West Philadelphia Orchestra~ ~The Mid East Ensemble~ Special Guest: The Peek-A-Boo Revue, Philly’s Premier Neo-Burlesque Show DINNER Chef Aliza Green Presents Crossroads of Moroccan Cuisine: Arab, Berber, Jewish Saturday, March 31, 7:00PM - 11:00PM $55 per person BYOB Unlimited Free Parking PURCHASE TICKETS • $55 PER PERSON • BYOB • UNLIMITED FREE PARKING MENU COCKTAIL HOUR Maison Arabe Welcome Drink: pineapple, ginger, mint and lime (spike if you like, BYOB) Array of Moroccan Salads: courgette salad, green bean salad, tchakchouka, carrot salad with chermoula, beet salad, eggplant zalouk Lamb Kefte in Spiced Tomato Chermoula Madfouna: Berber Stuffed Bread with Onions & Spices BUFFET Butter lettuce salad with strawberry, avocado & fresh goat cheese & flatbread crisps Essaouira Jewish Chicken Tajine with Lemon and Egg Berber Couscous with Seven Vegetables, Chickpeas and Olives Grilled Beef & Cherry Tomato Kebobs with Ras el Hanout Spice Roasted Gold Potatoes with Caramelized Garlic & Extra Virgin Olive Oil DESSERTS Moroccan Almond Briouat Pastries Candied Orange & Olive Oil Cake Gateau au Chocolat & Café NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES House Still & Sparkling Filtered [...]

February 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The Material Culture Quarter Century Sale

Caravans Of New Arrivals  •  Antique & Traditional Oriental Rugs & Kilims  •  Modern Design Carpets  •  Mid Century Moroccan Rugs & Flatweaves  •  Organic Live Edge Tables  •  Antique Asian Furnishings  •  Rustic Colonial Cabinets & Sideboards  •  20 Million Year Old Petrified Teak Wood Side Tables  •  18Th Century Mughal Architecture  •  19Th Century Asian Screens  • Stone, Wood & Bronze Buddhas • Hammered Copper Bistro Tables  •  Hand Blown Glass Lighting  •  Silk Road Textiles, Pillows & Curtains  •  Tribal & Contemporary Jewelry  •  Vintage West African Indigo  •  Stone & Garden Artifacts  •  Ancient & Ethnographic Arts  •  Fine, Folk & Outsider Art  •  Colors Of Padmini Boutique: Decor & Fashion  •  Merchant Monkey Shop: Gifts & Collectibles **We Will Deliver Free (copy needed)… **We Will Pay The Sales Tax! One Per Person, Limited to a Single Purchase (Any Number of Items) Offer Ends March 31, 2018  

February 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|

May 15 Auction | Important Golf Autograph Archive

MAY ESTATES + PRIVATE COLLECTIONS Important Golf Autograph Archive (Lot 97) ONLINE* AUCTION: Monday, May 15, 2017, 10AM EST Exhibition: May 13-14, 11AM-5PM *Also Accepting Phone and Absentee Bids Morning: Fine, Folk, Self-Taught & Outsider Art (Lots 1-403) Afternoon: International Textile Arts & Antique Oriental Rugs (Lots 404-685) Note: we sell approximately 80-100 lots per hour. Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals:   Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF) Featuring over 700 signed scorecards and rare books signed by Champion Golfers and public figures. Autographs by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw, Billy Casper, Jordan Spieth, Johnny Miller, Gary Player, Kim Birdie, Archie Griffin, Jack Burke, James Demaret, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Cal Ripken, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, John Elway, Peyton Manning, George W. Bush, Donald Trump, Beau Biden, Dan Quayle, John Boehner, Michael Bloomberg, Antonin Scalia, Charles Munger and many more; Rare Books: Pebble Beach Golf Links: The Official History 1st ed./1st Printing of First/Limited Edition Book and The Masters: Augusta Revisited (1st ed.). A portion of the proceeds to benefit Arnie's Army. Please contact us for detailed photographs of the collection and additional information. Essex [...]

May 10th, 2017|Auctions, Uncategorized|


MAY ESTATES + PRIVATE COLLECTIONS ONLINE* AUCTION: Monday, May 15, 2017, 10AM EST Exhibition: May 13-14, 11AM-5PM *Also Accepting Phone and Absentee Bids Morning: Fine, Folk, Self-Taught & Outsider Art (Lots 1-403) Afternoon: International Textile Arts & Antique Oriental Rugs (Lots 404-685) Note: we sell approximately 80-100 lots per hour. Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals:   Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF)  

April 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

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April 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

April Estates & Collections

Online* Auction: Friday, April 21, 2017, 10AM EST Exhibition: April 19-20, 11AM-5PM *Also accepting Phone and Absentee Bids 734 LOTS--Sampling of Eclectic Highlights and Categories of Interest Include: Paul Evans Furnishings (PA estate); Outstanding Offerings of Antique Chinese Textiles/Robes, Paintings and Asian Traditional Arts, Including a Rare Early Museum Quality Tibetan Book of Astrology and Omens with Paintings and Text; Collectibles and Ephemera from the Estate of Famed Prima Ballerina Eva Evdokimova; Pre-Columbian Taino and Native American Stone Carvings; Amazing Selections of Antique Chinese, Indian, Burmese, Thai and Pala Period (11/12th C. CE) Bronze Statues; Large Selections of Antique and Vintage Oriental Rugs, Moroccan Rugs, Kilims and Ethnographic Textiles; American and Continental Furnishings, Collectibles and Decorative Arts; Estate Jewelry and Silver; Tribal Art, Including a Fine Early 20th C. Dogon Togu Na Post (ex collection Werner Muensterberger), and Diverse Offerings of Antique Tribal Jewelry and Artifacts from a Private German Collection. And From a Large Field of Unique, Inspired and Sometimes Odd Items of Interest: An Authentic Early Medical School Skeleton Model, Marked up with Names of Bones, Muscles and Tendons; A Massive Lambert Kamps (Netherlands) Inflatable Pillow Tent; A Selection of Ajan Daeng (Thailand) Long Wireframe Insectile Garden Benches; Furniture [...]

March 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|

19th/20th Century Rugs, Kilims & Trappings From the Estate of Professor/Archeologist Louis Flam

November 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Selected Highlights from Material Culture’s September 30th Estates Auction

Material Culture Auctions a Selection of Items from Tolstoy Descendant Left: Countess Natasha Ogden Tolstoy (1943-2014).  Right: Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) "Countess Natasha Tolstoy was married to Count Sergei Tolstoy, great grandson of the famous author, at the Tolstoy Foundation in Nyack New York in its magnificent Russian Orthodox Church on November 22, 1970. She wore the exquisite taffeta wedding dress with hand stitched pearls for the elaborate marriage ceremony designed for her at the iconic Fifth Avenue, New York store, Henri Bendel, and a double strand of graduated cultured pearls adorned her neck. She and the Count enjoyed her stunning antique American Gorham Sterling silver tea and coffee service having Rococo style Repousse decoration depicting cherubs, florals, fruit and scrolls which she  brought to the marriage along with the intricate Repousse sterling silver dressing set and the Russian Icons designed  by the famous Russian artist, Henryk Winograd. Her sterling silver English carriage clock always sat on her desk in her study, and its chimed hours were reminiscent of Big Ben. She and her “Count” would sit on their porch using her lovely patio table and chairs, enjoying the sounds of nature and perhaps some fine champagne and caviar. Occasionally they would eat [...]

September 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|