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Opulence Defined: The Kashmir Sapphire

September 11th, 2015

Veiled by its legendary reputation and virtually unobtainable rarity, Kashmir sapphires are counted alongside the finest diamonds and Burma rubies in terms of scarcity. The mere mention of the term “Kashmir” is synonymous with the ultimate sapphire, possessing an incomparably deep, velvety blue color that seemingly glows from within. Discovered around 1880 in the city […]

Continental Inspirations: The Furniture of William and Mary

May 25th, 2015

  When the Dutch William III and his wife Mary II overthrew King James II in the 1688 Glorious Revolution, their victory signaled not only the end to the tensions that existed between the British Crown and Parliament, but also the beginning of a new era of decorative arts. William’s Protestant beliefs opened the door […]

An Age of Transformation: Women in Nineteenth Century Art

March 26th, 2015

This is the second of a three part series of blog posts preceding our exhibition Innocence, Temptation and Power: The Evolution of Women in Art, on view at M.S. Rau Antiques from March 27 – May 4. From the mid-nineteenth century, Western Europe and the United States were witness to an extraordinary cultural and social […]

A Lasting Impression: Rembrandt’s Incredible Etchings

January 16th, 2015

Rembrandt is one of the greatest artists in history, with his name alone being synonymous with fine art itself. His portraits and genre scenes are iconic, enriched with a level of realism that gives them an exquisite ethereal quality unmatched by any other artist before or since.

Murano: The Island of Murano Glass

December 4th, 2014

Venetian glass captures the dance of light and color unlike any other. Its brilliant hues and dazzling, acrobatic designs mark Venetian glass pieces as some of the most delightful and extraordinary in the world. This ancient art blossomed on the tiny island of glassmakers, whose innovations and creativity would inspire the art of glassmaking throughout the world.

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