Bill Rau


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John Atkinson Grimshaw: Truth to Nature

September 18th, 2014

The consummate, self-taught Victorian artist John Atkinson Grimshaw possessed an unquestionable gift for painting. The influence of the Pre-Raphaelite Movement is apparent throughout Grimshaw’s oeuvre, and he worked these ideals to create awe-inspiring land and cityscapes unlike any artist before or since. Disappointed by the “mechanized” ideologies of academic art, the Pre-Raphaelites utilized exacting details, […]

When Time Was Born: Renaissance-Period Clocks

June 16th, 2014

                                      Mention the Renaissance, and most people envision the revival of Classical literature and art after the dark days of the Medieval, or Middle Ages. But did you know that some of the world’s most important conveniences […]

On The World Stage: Sèvres World’s Fair Vases

June 10th, 2014

    Beginning in the mid-19th century, the universal showcase for the world’s greatest artisans and craftsmen to unveil trend-setting techniques, styles and ideas were the International Exhibitions. The legendary Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory saw the perfect opportunity to illustrate their mastery of the Art Nouveau aesthetic through these Monumental Swan Vases at the 1900 Paris […]

The Name Says it All: The Augustus III Clock by Jean-Pierre Latz

May 1st, 2014

  Few things in the fine art and antiques world get the heart racing quite like provenance. Imagine touching an object that once belonged to a king, or even a celebrity. Now imagine the thrill of actually owning that precious object! Important maker, rarity and quality are immensely important, but when you have a fantastic […]

Melodious Mechanical Marvels: Antique Music Boxes

April 11th, 2014

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato Music has the ability to uplift, convey strong emotions and bring people from all walks of life closer together. The desire for reproducing and sharing this powerful art form is as old as music […]

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