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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Impressions of Innocence: Dorothea Sharp

* British painter Dorothea Sharp captures the joyful spirit of childhood in this enchanting seaside scene* Spontaneity. Pure color. Rapid brushstrokes. These and more are words that come to mind when envisioning the impressionist style, and all embody the oeuvre of the British artist Dorothea Sharp. Yet, unlike the… Read More »

The Master of Maritime: John Steven Dews

* The Mighty Westward racing for the King’s Cup at Cowes on August 8, 1934 Signed J Steven Dews (lower left)* When John Steven Dews failed his “A” level art class in grade school, few imagined that mere decades later he would be regarded as one of the most important living marine artists of his age. As a boy, his early… Read More »

America, Illustrated: An Exhibition of Saturday Evening Post Cover Illustrations

* The Babysitter by Norman Rockwell, November 8, 1947 Saturday Evening Post cover* * Future President by George Hughes, September 25, 1948 Saturday Evening Post cover* The great illustrators of the 20th century captured American history unlike any artist before, and the famed Saturday Evening Post carried their images to… Read More »