Bill Rau

Considered one of the foremost experts on 18th- and 19th-century European and American antiques and fine art, Bill Rau has worked in the family-owned gallery full-time since he was 21 years old, and part-time since the age of 14. After graduating from the University of Colorado in 1982 with a degree in Business, he returned to his hometown and began a highly successful career as one of the most respected antique experts and gallery owners today. Bill's extensive knowledge and reputation as a leader has not only brought him success in the antiques business, but accolades from his peers. An avid collector as well an authority in his field, Bill has helped to place several items in museums around the world, including the New Orleans Museum of Art, the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Instituto Ricardo Brennand in Receife, Brazil. He has written numerous articles published in a wide variety of antique journals, lectured around the world at museums and events, and was the youngest senior member ever accepted to the American Society of Appraisers.  

Bill is also the author of the widely acclaimed, qunitessential resource on 19th-century European painting. Published in 2012, 19th Century European Painting, From Barbizon to Belle Epoque, offers a comprehensive overview of the century's artistic innovation in a knowledgeable and savvy fomat and is filled with an impressive array of extraordinary illustrations and artist biographies. All proceeds from the sale of the book directly benefit the Rau for Art Foundation, dedicated to the promotion of talented emerging artists at the high school level in the New Orleans region.

Today, Bill serves as President of the Royal Street Guild, and is a member of the Wedgwood Society of New York and Boston, the American Cut Glass Association, the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, the Music Box Society International, the Better Business Bureau, the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, and the Young Presidents' Organization.

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When Time Was Born: Renaissance-Period Clocks

* The addition of elements such as alarms and quarter-hour striking appeared as mechanisms became more complex, as seen in this wonderful specimen.* * Renaissance-period clocks, like this Turret (Table) timepiece is an example of the earliest mechanical clocks ever made that could go inside the home.*     &… Read More »

On The World Stage: Sèvres World’s Fair Vases

  * The quality and scale of these stunning Sèves porcelain vases denotes their creation for the 1900 World's Fair. A motif of sensuous swans executed in a style illustrating the influences of the Art Nouveau and Japonisme surrounds each magnificent vase. Each bears the signature of Sèvres artist Horace Bieuville, and… Read More »

The Name Says it All: The Augustus III Clock by Jean-Pierre Latz

* The Augustus III Clock by Jean-Pierre Latz, circa 1745, stands nearly nine-feet high. The original mercury-gilded bronze envelopes the entire clock and is rendered in a stunning hunting motif.*   Few things in the fine art and antiques world get the heart racing quite like provenance. Imagine touching an object… Read More »