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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Phillip Youngberg
Painting by William Bouguereau

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 »

Bones and Caskets

Crinkling leaves, pumpkins, witches, and warlocks….The spookiness of Halloween is upon us all and MS Rau has many mystical and mysterious items to add to the October spirit. Of all our irreplaceable and exquisite pieces in our gallery, many speak to the fantastical and magical. * George Washington's Hair and Funerary Case… Read More »

Eugene Boudin

G. jean Aubry commented that “Boudin is one of the most interesting examples of instinctive creativity, a painter who demonstrates the uselessness of schools and rules, and the supreme virtue of personal effort, long patience, and a steadfast gift.” * Le Rivage de Villerville, Maree Basse, by Eugene Boudin* With serene… Read More »

A Marriage of Bronze and Ivory: From Antiquity to Art Deco

Chryselephantine has been around for millennia, but it enjoyed a resurgence of popularity during the Art Deco period.  In fact, some items made using this technique have been dated to the Bronze Age.  When speaking of these early years of its use, the term often refers to sculptures made around a wood frame and covered with… Read More »