Jewelry Owned by Pope Paul VI

Diamond Jewelry Owned By Pope Paul VI On Sale For $1.9 Million

March 2014
FORBES — When it comes to provenance, few jewels can compete with items owned by the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church. Then there is the intrinsic value of the 18k gold pectoral cross and platinum ring with more than 75 carats of diamonds once belonging to Pope Paul VI (1963 – 1978). You also need to factor in the strange ownership history which included the United Nations, a world renowned daredevil as well as its last-known… Read More »

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Pietre Dure Chest

Best of the Chest

ART & ANTIQUES —  This ornate casket has feet in both the 19th and 17th centuries. Crafted in 1840, it combines original period 17th-century Florentine pietra dura plaques with hand engraved dore gold-plated bronze mounts and an ebonized base to create a multi-tiered… Read More »
Perfume Quarterly

Deux Masterpieces from Jacob Petit

PERFUME BOTTLE QUARTERLY — By Elizabeth and Frank Creech, with Susan Lapene Photographs courtesy of M.S. Rau Antiques, with the kind permission of Susan LapeneJacob Petit, born in 1796, began work as a youth at the porcelain factory at Sevres as a painter. Talented and ambitious, he… Read More »
Jewelry Owned by Pope Paul VI

Diamond Jewelry Owned By Pope Paul VI On Sale For $1.9 Million

FORBES — When it comes to provenance, few jewels can compete with items owned by the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church. Then there is the intrinsic value of the 18k gold pectoral cross and platinum ring with more than 75 carats of diamonds once belonging to Pope Paul VI (1963… Read More »
Toulouse Lautrec

When A City Speaks: A Rare Painting by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

ART FIX DAILY — Though his career lasted only a decade, no other artist is more associated with Parisian nightlife and turn-of-the-century decadence of the Belle Époque than Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Born into an aristocratic family, Lautrec gravitated to art at a very… Read More »
WDSU

Sparkling diamond catches people’s eyes in the Crescent City

WDSU NEW ORLEANS — A sparkling new collector's item in the French Quarter is catching people's eyes around the globe. This is as good as it gets," said Bill Rau of M.S. Rau Antiques. In a city known for its history, local jeweler M.S. Rau Antiques is making history with the… Read More »
Forbes Blue Diamond

Is This Blue Diamond Worth $9.8 million?

FORBES   Even in the rarefied world of fancy colored diamonds, large blue diamonds stand out for being notably uncommon. So it is unusual that two such diamonds have appeared on the market at the same time. The most recent example is the 10.6-carat “Royal Blue”… Read More »
Fine Art Connoisseur

Master Painters of La Belle Epoque

FINE ART CONNOISSSEUR By Bill Rau To some, the final decades of the 19th century are known by the French expression La Belle Époque. Unfolding steadily after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, "The Beautiful Age" was a time of unprecedented luxury and confidence across… Read More »
This gold engraved singing bird music box executed in the Rococo design features not only a delicate feathered creature, but a magnificent painted medallion depicting a pastoral scene of a couple courting. Made by the house of E. Ruhl (ca. 1900), this example of an automated bird is beyond compare. Photo courtesy of M.S. Rau. (Detail of bird below)

Bird Boxes

ASJRA A tabatière à oiseau chanteur (singing bird snuffbox) is a box, usually rectangular-shaped, which houses within it a miniature automaton singing bird concealed below an oval lid and activated by means of an operating lever. Its origins are found in the Swiss city of… Read More »
Art Fix Daily

11th Annual Aspen Antiques and Fine Arts Fair

ARTFIX DAILY   11th Annual Aspen Antiques and Fine Arts Fair The finest art, antiques, furniture, silver, and jewelry July 6-14, 2013 Aspen Ice Garden Aspen, Colorado http://www.aspenartfairs.com/ AAFAF will celebrate it's 11th annual show with a nine-day public exhibit July… Read More »
Aspen Peaks

Sojourn of Style

ASPEN PEAKS  Sojourn of Style A seductive tale unfolds at the new renovated Hotel Jerome, unveiling timeless design and vintage chic. Cowboy hat, American Grit by Kemo Sabe ($650). 434 E. Cooper Ave., 970-92597878; kemosabe.com. Vintage leather band, worn with hat ($195). Kemo Sabe,… Read More »
Windows Into a Lost World: Pre-Columbian Pottery

Windows Into a Lost World: Pre-Columbian Pottery

January 2013
Art Fix Daily...  While much of Europe was in the throws of the artistic and social decline known as the Middle Ages, across the Atlantic, the ancient cultures of the Americas were experiencing a vibrant cultural period distinguished by fascinating works of art, particularly… Read More »
Featured Artist: Vincent van Gogh

Featured Artwork: Vincent Van Gogh

January 2013
Fine Art Connoisseur...  Featured Artwork: Vincent van GoghVincent Van GoghLe MoulinGouache and watercolor over paper laid down on boardPaper: 14 7/8" high x 22" wide24 7/8" high x 34" wide The incomparable Vincent van Gogh depicts one of the most historic… Read More »
October 2012

Swirling Silver: ART NOUVEAU METALWORKERS REVELED IN VINES, LEAVES, FRUIT AND THE HUMAN FIGURE, BRINGING NATURE'S FORMS TO THE DINNER TABLE.

October 2012
Art Antiques... SAY "ART NOUVEAU," and Hector Guimard's wrought-iron Paris Métro arches, Tiffany & Co.'s leaded-glass peony lamps, and pastel-washed posters of maidens with long flowing hair all come to mind. Rarely does one think of silver. The fact is that this short… Read More »
M.S. Rau Antiques Offers $595,000 Ruby and Diamond Fountain Pen

M.S. Rau Antiques Offers $595,000 Ruby and Diamond Fountain Pen

November 2012
EXTRAVAGANZI... We have already seen some of the most luxurious writing instruments designed by Montblanc, Montegrappa or recently announced Letter Writing Collection by Louis Vuitton, but compared to this Ruby and Diamond Fountain Pen, all these somehow lose charm (and their prices of… Read More »
M.S. RAU ANTIQUES EXHIBITS MORE THAN 30 NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN IMPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS, NOVEMBER 16, 2012 - JANUARY 4, 2013

M.S. RAU ANTIQUES EXHIBITS MORE THAN 30 NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN IMPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS, NOVEMBER 16, 2012 - JANUARY 4, 2013

NOVEMBER 2012
ARTFIX DAILY... M.S. Rau Antiques in New Orleans will mark the end of its centennial with a specially curated exhibit of more than 45 significant works of art, many from world-renowned Impressionist artists. These works, many of which belong to private collectors and have never been seen… Read More »
19th Century European Painting

Kirkus Reviews 19th-Century European Painting: From Barbizon to Belle Epoque

KIRKUS REVIEW...Monumental in scope and size, Rau’s coffee-table book tells the story of “art that changed the world” through stunning, full-color reproductions and comprehensive essays. The practice of classifying paintings “into styles and subjects” started… Read More »
Majestic Pink Diamond

$7,850,000 Pink Diamond For Sale in New Orleans

WGNO WATCH THE VIDEO on WGNO An impressive pink diamond is for sale in New Orleans if you have a few million bucks to throw around! Vanessa Bolano give us a sneak peek at a sparkler that's among the rarest of the rare! We all know diamonds are a girl's best friend, but this baby is… Read More »

12.27-Carat "Majestic Pink Diamond"

PRICESCOPE...By Erika Winters The "Majestic Pink Diamond," a rare fancy pink offered by M.S. Rau Antiques, will be featured online at 1stdibs.com on August 8. The exceptional pink diamond set in a platinum and 18k rose gold ring by Cartier can also be viewed in person at… Read More »
Majestic Pink Diamond

Pink Brilliance: The Majestic Pink Diamond Ring

LUXPRESSO...Nothing outshines a diamond, especially a diamond of 12.27 carats. And if that isn't enough, the colour and quality of this stone renders it an absolute rarity. It's hardly surprising that this pink diamond is currently taking centre-stage in the diamond market. Set in an… Read More »
Majestic Pink Diamond

$7.8 Million, 12-Carat Pink Diamond on Display in Person and Online

FORBES...Significant pink diamonds are still in great demand and a new one has just entered the market and it’s available for purchase outside of an auction format. A 12.27 fancy pink diamond is being offered by M.S. Rau Antiques in New Orleans. Known as the “Majestic Pink… Read More »
Majestic Pink Diamond

12.27 Carat Majestic Pink Diamond Goes on Sale for $7.85 Million

JCK...M.S. Rau, the New Orleans antiques and estate jewelry dealer, is putting a 12.27 ct. natural fancy pink diamond called the Majestic Pink up for sale in August. The sale is being conducted in partnership with online luxury site 1stdibs.com. The diamond can be viewed by the public on… Read More »
Ready for the Next Century

Ready for the Next Century

AUGUST 2012
FINE ART CONNOISSEUR... In a field renowned for constant change, M.S. Rau Antiques is truly a standout. Located at the same address in New Orleans's French Quarter since it was founded 100 years ago, "Rau" has many reasons to celebrate. Third-generation owner Bill Rau observes,… Read More »
Orchestrion Organ Brings Music to Life

Orchestrion Organ Brings Music to Life

JULY 2012
ARTFIX DAILY... You enter a room filled with spirited music; the rhythm grabbing you immediately as it travels through the air. Drums keep time to a bright organ and accordion melody peppered with the crisp ring of a triangle. Certainly such a lively and delightful sound would be the… Read More »
M.S. Rau Antiques Impressionist Exhibition

M.S. Rau Antiques to Exhibit Important Impressionist Paintings November 16, 2012 - January 4, 2013, to Top Off its Centennial Year

JULY 2012
ARTFIX DAILY... Celebrating one hundred years as one of America's oldest and largest art and antique dealers, M.S. Rau Antiques will mark the end of its centennial with a specially curated exhibit of significant Impressionist paintings, presented alongside the masters who paved the… Read More »
The “Beautiful Age” of Painting: Works of the Belle Époque

The “Beautiful Age” of Painting: Works of the Belle Époque

ARTFIX DAILY... The late 19th and early 20th centuries were exciting times to be in France. The end of the Franco-Prussian War provided the catalyst for a period of peace and prosperity known today as the Belle Époque, or Beautiful Age. Changes abounded in nearly… Read More »
M.S. Rau Antiques' Inventory of American Memorabilia is Unique and Collectible

M.S. Rau Antiques' Inventory of American Memorabilia is Unique and Collectible

ARTFIX DAILY... Even though America is a relatively young country, M.S. Rau Antiques is celebrating its centennial as one of the country's oldest and largest, family-owned antique dealers. Third generation owner Bill Rau is at the helm of this renowned gallery which occupies three floors… Read More »
Where Old is Gold

Where Old is Gold, Royal Street - A History of Antiquing

MYNEWORLEANS.com...Without Royal Street, “we wouldn’t be the antique mecca of the south,” says Macon Riddle. Her opinion is founded on experience. Since 1986, she has shepherded customers seeking treasures with her “Let’s Go Antiquing” personal shopping… Read More »
Fair Trade: Money for a Monet at M.S. Rau Antiques in New Orleans

Fair Trade: Money for a Monet at M.S. Rau Antiques in New Orleans

April 2012
About.com...Anyone who has been to New Orleans has reason to return. Jambalaya. Jazz. Hurricane cocktails. Casinos. The French Quarter. Feeling like a glamorous Creole pirate.But some visitors come to The Big Easy on a mission to go fishin' at M.S. Rau Antiques, in its third generation of… Read More »
America’s Storyteller: Norman Rockwell

America’s Storyteller: Norman Rockwell

April 2012
ARTFIX DAILY... No other artist has been able to capture the essence of the American experience like Norman Rockwell. Even in the early stages of his career, the aspect that distinguished his work was that it was about the Everyman, providing a chronicle of the simple joys, awkward moments… Read More »
Epoch Times

More than Your Grandmother's Attic

THE EPOCH TIMES...  NEW YORK-Bill Rau can gloat as much as he wants this year. He's the third- generation owner of his family's lucrative and world renowned antiques, fine art, and estate-jewelry emporium: M.S. Rau Antiques. Located in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans, the… Read More »
Austin American Statesman

Antique shop offers a trip through history

ARTFIX DAILY... New Orleans' Royal Street is filled with antique shops, but M.S. Rau Antiques has been plying the trade for 100 years at 630 Royal Street, through hurricanes and economic downturns. I dropped in recently and was amazed at what I found. the place qualifiies as a museum, with… Read More »
M.S. Rau, New Orleans' World-Class Antiques Shop

M.S. Rau, New Orleans' World-Class Antiques Shop

April 2012
About.com...About M.S. Rau Antiques in New Orleans' French Quarter:Founded in 1912, M.S. Rau Antiques in New Orleans is now in its third generation of Rau family ownership. Its gallery-like showroom occupies a massive 30,000 square feet in the French Quarter. M.S. Rau's merchandise is… Read More »
Spinning the Quarter: The Glory of the Galleries

Spinning the Quarter: The Glory of the Galleries

APRIL 2012
N.O. MAGAZINE...Memories of time spent in the French Quarter bring many things to mind: beignets, street performers, music, shopping and - for me in particular - art. Even from my first trip to Royal Street, the heart of New Orleans' art scene, my parents taught me about the rush that… Read More »
M.S. Rau Antiques To Celebrate 100 Years

M.S. Rau Antiques To Celebrate 100 Years

March 2012
FORBES...The U.S. is still a young country so any business that has lasted 100 years is quite a milestone. When the business happens to be a dealer in antiques it's a cause for a celebration. M.S. Rau Antiques in New Orleans will be hosting such an event Thursday at its store on 630 Royal… Read More »
M.S. Rau Antiques Celebrates Its Cenntennial in March 2012 as One of the Country's Oldest & Largest Antiques, Fine Arts, Estate Jewelry Dealers

M.S. Rau Antiques Celebrates Its Centennial in March 2012 as One of the Country's Oldest & Largest Antiques, Fine Arts, Estate Jewelry Dealers

February 2012
GLOBENEWSWIRE...Located in the Historic French Quarter for 100 years, Three Generations of the Rau Family Have Been an Integral Part of New Orleans and Its EconomyNew Orleans, LA, Feb. 2, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bill Rau, third generation owner of M.S. Rau Antiques and Fine Arts in the… Read More »
Bill Rau, Owner, M.S. Rau Antiques

Favorite Antiques Store: M.S. Rau Antiques

January 2012
N.O. MAGAZINE...ENTER THE DOORS OF M.S. RAU and you're immediately transported to a place filled with treasures from around the world, Tum the corner and you'll find one of the world's first cash registers. Walk a little farther and you'll spot a 12-and-a-half-foot-long billiard table that… Read More »
History of Australia Billiards Table, carved by George Billyeald, 1880.

M.S. Rau Antiques Celebrates its Centennial in March 2012 as One of the Country's Oldest & Largest Antiques, Fine Arts, Estate Jewelry Dealers

January 2012
ARTFIX DAILY...Bill Rau, third generation owner of M.S. Rau Antiques and Fine Arts in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans, started 2012 already thinking ahead to the next one hundred years that his family's world renowned antiques gallery will be in business. Steeped in history,… Read More »
M.S. Rau Exhibits Newly Acquired Impressionist Paintings at Naples Show in February 2012

M.S. Rau Exhibits Newly Acquired Impressionist Paintings at Naples Show in February 2012

January 2012
ARTFIX DAILY...As a kick off to another strong season for fine arts sales, M.S. Rau Antiques and Fine Arts in New Orleans will offer several significant Impressionist paintings during the Naples Art & Antique Show, February 9 to 13. Starting its 100th year in the business, M.S. Rau… Read More »
A 14.44-carat flawless blue Kashmir sapphire, set in a platinum ring and accented by two trapezoid diamonds, each weighing 2.08 carats. The ring is being offered for sale by MS Rau Antiques in New Orleans for $2,250,000.

Color Analysis by Gemewizard

January 2012
GEMEWIZARD... On November 29, 2011, a cushion-shaped Kashmir sapphire of 26.41 carats sold for $3,838,508 at Christie's Hong Kong. The $145,342 per carat price was highest ever recorded for a Kashmir sapphire.To mark that event, we selected this time to focus on Kashmir sapphires, and… Read More »
M.S. Rau Centennial

New Orleans Treasure Hunt M.S. Rau Antiques Celebrates its Centennial in March

JANUARY 2012
ART OF THE TIMES...As owners of the country's largest and oldest antiques, fine arts and estate jewelry dealers in the US, the Rau family has seen its share of ups and downs over the decades at its historic gallery located in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Three generations of the Rau… Read More »
Splendid Silver

Splendid Silver

November 2011
VERANDA...Lisa Newsom admires this precious metal's brilliant beauty.From birth to marriage and anniversaries, silver symbolizes momentous occasions in our lives. Highly durable, the metal is primarily used in industry, but it's silver's decorative properties that make it so popular for… Read More »
The Art of War: Tower of Katoubia Mosque by Winston Churchill

The Art of War: Tower of Katoubia Mosque by Winston Churchill

October 2011
SUR LA TERRE... Sir Winston Churchill is possibly one of the world's most famous historical figures. A world leader in every sense of the word. However, while he successfully captained the good ship Britannia through the stormy waters of War on more than one occasion, few will know that he… Read More »
A Painting that Winston Churchill Did for Franklin Roosevelt is on Sale for $3 Million

A Painting that Winston Churchill Did for Franklin Roosevelt is on Sale for $3 Million

AUGUST 2011
BUSINESS INSIDER... Among his many talents, it turns out that Sir Winston Churchill was also a pretty gifted artist.A New Orleans antiques shop is selling an oil painting done by the onetime Prime Minister, which he gave to his friend President Franklin Roosevelt following the 1943… Read More »
Business owner Bill Rau of New Orleans tells how his antiques business survived Hurricane Katrina, lessons learned and advice for other owners to weather this year’s storms.

Natural Disasters: How To Survive, And Even Thrive

JULY 2011
AMERICAN EXPRESS OPEN FORUM... MS Rau of New Orleans has been described as “the finest antiques gallery in the world.” Its 30,000 square-foot showroom in the heart of the French Quarter boasts such exalted inventory as Renoirs, Monets and Paul Revere sterling bowls. But… Read More »
The French were famed for their magnificent snuffs, including this example boasting royal blue guilloché enamel<br /><br />Yellow, green and rose golds create a subtle yet stunning effect in this Swiss snuffbox

The Right Snuff: Antique Snuffboxes

JUNE 2011
ARTFIX DAILY... The "taking of snuff" was a very social activity among Europe's upper class, beginning in the early 16th century. It's hard to believe a habit that caused frequent, and at times messy, sneezing fits would become so en vogue, but it did. And, with such… Read More »
101 Piece Flora Danica Dinner Set – The World’s Most Prestigious Dinnerware

101 Piece Flora Danica Dinner Set – The World’s Most Prestigious Dinnerware

OCTOBER 2010
EXTRAVAGANZI... Regarded as one of the most prestigious and stunning porcelain patterns ever created, this most rare and remarkable 101-piece Flora Danica dinner set was crafted by the RoyalCopenhagen Porcelain Manufactory. The stunning service can serve up to 12 people, and each of… Read More »
This extraordinary 6-foot tall telescope by Robert-Aglae Cauchoix (circa 1820) is one of three of the largest telescopes from the 19th century.<br /><br />Art Deco portable bar set designed to resemble a monoplane (circa 1930).<br /><br />This 18 karat gold Swiss pocket watch, made by Henri Berthoud, was commissioned by President Abraham Lincoln for a naval officer.

Top Gifts for Father's Day from MS Rau Antiques

JUNE 2011
ARTFIX DAILY... It's never too late to consider giving Dad a Father's Day gift that can increase in value over time, like that retirement fund or stock portfolio.  Even with a rocky economy, luxury spending is making a slow and steady comeback, so this might be the year that you… Read More »
If Money Were No Object

We're Obsessed! If money were no object

JUNE 2011
IN STYLE... Rau Antiques Victorian Micromosaic Necklace Egyptomania was at all-time high during the nineteenth century when western tourists made their way to the pyramids at Giza and photographs of the ancient sites were first published around the world. This vintage gold and… Read More »
Classic 1905 Rolls-Royce Picnic Case

Classic 1905 Rolls-Royce Picnic Case for Sale

MAY 2011
HALAPIC... A classic, Rolls-Royce picnic case designed in 1905 has been put on sale by M.S. Rau Antiques for $14,800.In perfect condition, it contains a picnic service for four, two leather-wrapped stainless steel thermoses, four dishes with recesses for teacups, a matchbox and a variety… Read More »
May 2011

New Orleans Dynasty

May 2011
RAPAPORT... Poised to celebrate its l00th anniversary, M.S. Rau has an inventory of fine art, furniture, collectibles and diamond jewelry.The M.S. Rau dynasty began in 1912, when Max Rau estabhshed a small antiques store on a stylish street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Today, the… Read More »
This stunning pair of paintings by Bartolomeo di Giovanni was most likely made to adorn an altar<br /><br />The sadness of the event is eloquently rendered in the faces of Mary and Mary Magdeline<br /><br />The Virgin, Christ child and Saint Anne are painted with the greatest realism and beauty

The Rebirth of Renaissance Art

MAY 2011
ARTFIX DAILY... As redundant as it sounds, interest in Renaissance art really is in the midst of a tremendous rebirth. Evolving discoveries coupled with the strong sales performance within the past few years has led to a resurgence in and renewed appreciation for collecting these … Read More »
Regiment des Dromedaires Camel Saddle.<br /><br />Bonaparte Entering Cairo by Jean-Léon Gerome.<br /><br />A commanding French mantel clock featuring a beautifully painted porcelain plaque after the well-known portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte by Jacques-Louis David.

M.S. Rau's Le Salon Commemorates Napoleonic Era with Decor Inspired by Napoleon Bonaparte

MAY 2011
ARTFIX DAILY... Emporer Napoleon Bonaparte's bee emblem was a fitting symbol for his tenacious behavior, almost as steadfast as the expression "bee in a bonnet", that won him conquest after conquest. Revived by Napoleon for its heraldic symbolism, the honey bee allowed the… Read More »
PICNIC SET: A 1950s motor picnic set ($12,500), previously owned by Lady Sarah Churchill, the third daughter of Sir Winston Churchill. (Courtesy of M.S. Rau Antiques)<br /> ENGLISH TO A T: This 1825 cutlery set is made of wood from the original London Bridge. (Courtesy of M.S. Rau Antiques) <br />RUSSIAN STYLE: A samovar, or Russian tea urn, will certainly help entertain guests in style ($8,850) (Courtesy of M.S. Rau Antiques)

Royal Wedding Gifts for Any Special Couple

MAY 2011
THE EPOCH TIMES... Royal or not, M.S. Rau Antiques offers some regal gifts for a wedding or any other special occasion.When it comes to last-minute wedding gifts for Prince William and Kate Middleton, the British royal-couple, Bill Rau, the third-generation owner of America’s… Read More »
Bill Rau featured by 1st Dibs Magazine

First Dibs Shop Talk: M.S. Rau Antiques

APRIL 2011
FIRST DIBS INTROSPECTIVE MAGAZINE... "Until the day she died at ninety-nine, she was the most famous woman in New Orleans," recalls Bill Rau of his grandmother, Fanny Rau First, who helped found M.S. Rau, their family gallery in the French Quarter with her husband, Max Rau, back… Read More »
Fleurs dans un vase avec partition musicale by Paul Gauguin<br><br>Aline by Paul Gauguin

Go-Go Gauguin! A Sumptuous Floral Still Life and a Charcoal Sketch Now at Rau Antiques

APRIL 2011
ARTFIX DAILY... Gauguin lovers usually recall the lush landscapes and voluptuous women that Gauguin painted using his trademark bold brushstrokes and muted colors during his self-imposed exile in Tahiti that began in 1891. Others may or may not know that Gauguin was involved in a… Read More »
A brilliant blue 8.82-carat oval sapphire surrounded by 1.99 carats of fiery diamonds in a classic platinum mounting ($45,000).

The Perfect Ring

APRIL 2011
ARTFIX DAILY... If you know of someone who is popping the big question, "Will you marry me?" --- tell them to hurry it up.  This Friday is when the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton hits the airwaves and there's no better time to give your fiancée… Read More »
Lady Sarah Churchill's Motor Picnic Set<br> <br> 10-piece Tiffany & Company sterling 'Chrysanthemum' silver tea <br><br>London Bridge cutlery set of 24 hand-carved knives engraved with the City of London seal

Royal or Not, M.S. Rau Antiques Offers Some Regal Gifts for a Wedding or Any Other Special Occasion

APRIL 2011
ARTFIX DAILY... When it comes to last minute wedding gifts for Prince William and Kate Middleton, the British royal-couple-to-be, Bill Rau, the third generation owner of America's largest antiques and fine arts gallery MS Rau Antiques, has come up with a few pedigreed suggestions.… Read More »
M.S. Rau: New Orleans Antique Shopping at its Best

M.S. Rau: New Orleans Antique Shopping at its Best

March 2011
BLUEGREEN COLORFUL PLACES... Want to make a Bluegreen vacation all about the antiques? The French Quarter in New Orleans has 17 antique shops. Some 12 of the 17 shops can be found on Royal Street. Royal Street is known as the refined and elegant epicenter of New Orleans' artistic… Read More »
JEHAN-GEORGES VIBERT (1840-1902) THE DIET, N.D., OIL ON CANVAS, 28 3/4 X 23 IN. PRIVATE COLLECTION<br><br>GEORGES CROEGAERT (1848-1923) TUNING THE VIOLIN, N.D., OIL ON PANEL, 10 5/8 X 8 5/8 IN. PRIVATE COLLECTION<br><br>GEORGES CROEGAERT (1848-1923) A PINCH OF SNUFF, N.D., OIL ON PANEL, 18 X 14 IN. PRIVATE COLLECTION

When Comedy Went to Church: 19th-Century Cardinal Paintings

March/April 2011
FINE ART CONNOISSEUR... Comedy and the Roman Catholic Church have rarely crossed paths in history. For centuries, clergymen commissioned portraits exuding dignity and reverence, the qualities they sought to define their public image. With the Church's inner workings hidden behind closed… Read More »
Egyptian King Farouk Empire Bedroom Suite

Egyptian King Farouk Empire Bedroom Suite,

January 2011
LUHHO... This extraordinary mahogany and mercury-gilded bronze bedroom suite was once owned by the last Egyptian monarch, King Farouk. Luxuriously decorated in the Empire style, this important set was crafted by one of the premier Parisian ébénistes of the 19th century,… Read More »
GLOBAL APPEAL: A celestial and terrestrial pair of globes offered by Rau Antiques from 1816 ($125,000). (Courtesy of Rau Antiques)

Exploring the Appeal of Rare Globes: Antique Cartography Appeals to Collectors

MARCH 2011
THE EPOCH TIMES... What is it about globes that fascinate people and collectors? Is it their perfectly round shape? Is it the real and far-away places they take you? Is it the imaginary places they invite you to dream about? Whatever the reason, celestial and terrestrial (earth) globes… Read More »
The Cassel Pink Diamond

Rare, Exquisite Pink Diamonds For Sale At M.S. Rau Antiques

January 2011
THE LUXURY HUB... Earlier this month, Switzerland-based luxury group Richemont had warned that the first quarter of 2011 could prove challenging for the jewellery industry. The group is known for exercising caution, so many in the industry brushed off the warning. At the same time, whether… Read More »
Blockbuster Pink Diamonds For Sale At M.S. Rau Antiques

Blockbuster Pink Diamonds For Sale At M.S. Rau Antiques

January 2011
LUXIST... There's no question that pink diamonds are hotter than hot lately. Last month a modified rectangular-cut fancy vivid purple-pink diamond of 6.89 carats sold for $6.91 million at Christie's New York Jewels auction on December 7. You won't have to pay quite that much to make the… Read More »
Cabinet Scatole Magiche

Antiquariato

December 2010
ANTIQUARIATO... Le origini di questo mobile contenitore risalgono al Medioevo, ma è nel corso del Rinascimento che assume le linee che ancora oggi lo caratterizzano. Squadrato e funzionale, ha attraversato secoli e tendenze, impreziosito da intarsi, placche di porcellana, pietre… Read More »
CNBC: Antiques Can Mean New Life For Your Portfolio

Antiques Can Mean New Life For Your Portfolio

October 2010
CNBC... Though things may be looking up for the stock market, the next time the Dow Industrials drops hundreds of points in a few minutes, you may want to consider pulling funds out of the market and putting them in your bed.It may not be a bad idea if your resting place is part of an… Read More »
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