Jim Cottrell

A native of Chicago, Jim Cottrell moved to New Orleans after retiring from a 20-year career as an Air Traffic Controller. While Jim's second career is quite different from his first, he has always had an active interest in antiques. It was that interest and extensive knowledge that led him to M.S. Rau Antiques in 1995. Jim has studied art history, architecture, and sculpture extensively at Tulane University, and has given several speeches on the history of American Silver, Tiffany Silver, and Paul Revere Silver. Today Jim is a successful member of the Rau team, and has built his reputation on experience and excellent customer service. 

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Belleek Tea Set

From Famine to Fortune...A Brief History of Belleek

Belleek is nestled in an area of breathtaking beauty known as the County Fermanagh. The tiny town is most famous, however, for the beauty of its porcelain which has been heralded as the finest, thinnest ever made. Today, collectors around the world, seek out pieces from this legendary pottery, though early wares have become… Read More »

The Preeminent Painter and Politician

** I seem to know more about Churchill than any other artist whose work we sell.  Churchill is deeply woven into the history of the 20th Century. I find it fascinating to read about Churchill’s influence on the 20th century and relate it to his personal life and passion for painting. Churchill received encouragement to… Read More »

Judgement Day

** "Waiting for the Editor" is a very important painting by Rockwell due to its exceptional quality and unusually large size. This piece is about twice that of most of the artist’s work. Norman Rockwell knew full well he would be judged against his peers in the future so he made sure that this painting and its story… Read More »

Now THAT'S a piano...

When people talk about piano history, they usually say that the piano originated around the year 1700 in Florence, Italy. Florence is the capital city of Tuscany, a central region of Italy, and the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Since its inception, the instrument we know today as the piano has had many innovators… Read More »