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. Prior to the 1960s, late 19th-century artists… 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 »

Beauty + Functionality: Etuis

Petit, charming, and intimate. At first glance, an étui is certainly a mysterious, decorative object. Comprised of a small shaft-like shape, the object has two parts. With the gentle pull, the object pulls apart to reveal a small storage space. Taking their name from the French word, “estuier” meaning “to keep or hold,” the étui… Read More »

Intimate Impressions: The Art of Mary Cassatt

Art…circumscribed her life and engrossed it, and to separate her life from her art would be impossible. Therefore, they must be considered together as the story of an American woman whose high ambitions overcame her limitations of precedent and sex and the era into which she was born, to drive her on to a place in the foremost… Read More »

Wedgwood: A Story of Splendor

The ceramics of Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795) rank amongst the most expert and stunning in the world. Throughout the development and craft of pottery in England throughout the 18th century, there exist few names that speak to perfection like Wedgwood. Having no equal, Wedgwood and his workshops transformed the ordinary into the… Read More »