Favorite Antiques Store: M.S. Rau Antiques
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 once resided in Buckingham Palace.
"One thing you can count on when you visit our website or our gallery is that you will always see something you never thought would be available for sale," says Bill Rau, third-generation owner.
Founded in 1912 on Royal Street, M.S, Rau has since expanded into the largest antique and fine art gallery in North America, earning the trust of discerning antiques collectors worldwide. This year the store is celebrating its 100th anniversary, with the main activities in March and a bevy of events throughout the year. (Activities include the book launch of Rau's From Barbizon to Belle Époque on 19th-century art scheduled for this summer and a fine art exhibition at its gallery scheduled for this winter entitled "Plein Air." The exhibit will showcase museum-quality original paintings by the 19th century Plein Air masters including Monet, Renoir, Pissarro and van Gogh.
As part of its 100th anniversary, the company has created the Rau for An Foundation, a nonprofit that supports arts appreciation and education in the schools of Greater New Orleans, RFA will host an art contest where the winners and their schools will receive up to $17,OOO in scholarship and prizes.
For more information visit RauForArt.com.
"Our goal is to continue to seek the finest treasures available on the market today by offering our clients the finest 18th and 19th century antiques, fine art and jewelry." Rau says, "And for the next 100 years, we will continue to find the rarest and best."