Phillip Youngberg

A native of Rhode Island and a graduate of the University of Vermont, Phillip has lived in New Orleans for 35 years. He joined M.S. Rau Antiques in April 2000, and has been selling antiques on Royal Street in New Orleans for more than 20 years. Having always been in sales and marketing, Phillip brings the highest level of professionalism and enthusiasm to all customers. He actively discovers their discerning tastes, which enables him to match the customer to the right item. Phillip also comes from a long line of silver experts, as his grandfather was a silversmith in Sweden and his father was a designer for Gorham Silver Company. This family tradition of creating only the finest has followed Phillip throughout his life providing him with a remarkable eye for recognizing quality merchandise and superb design. 

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Collecting 19th Century Art

Chances are good that the wonderful landscape your parents bought 30 years ago to hang over the mantel wasn't purchased as an investment. Chances are even better that this same painting, if painted by a 19th-century artist of even reasonable note, has greatly increased in value. Chances are even better that this same painting,… Read More »
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Louis XV-Period Walnut Armoire

In 18th-century France, you were taxed on the number of closets in your home, so many people used armoires instead. Phillip Youngberg tells a little about the history of armoires and describes this magnificent Louis XV example. Read More »

The Lore of the Sapphire: September Birthstone

Sensational and breathtaking, the sapphire is truly one of a kind. For centuries the magnificent stone has symbolized nobility, truth, sincerity, and royalty. Beginning with ancient Greece through the Middle Ages, wealthy citizens wore sapphires as protection against harm and to foster peace with one’s enemies. In the modern… Read More »

The Everlasting Elegance of Pearls: June Birthstone

* The pearls range in color from stunning white to glamorous gold, and sleek black to flint gray* The oldest known of all the precious gemstones, the pearl has been coveted and revered by man for thousands of years. Regarded throughout history as symbols of wealth, power, and love, the lustrous pearl has held a position of… Read More »

Art Deco Mastery: The Work of Cartier

* The sleek design and bold colors reflect Cartier’s popular Oriental aesthetic* Elegance and prestige. Jewelry, timepieces, and objects d’art created by Cartier are highly distinguishable by any other jewelry by their striking beauty. Exceptionally crafted in high detail and quality, Cartier pieces are everlasting. King… Read More »