Bill Rau


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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 […]

A Commanding Presence: The Art of William Bouguereau

April 7th, 2014

“For me a work of art must be an elevated interpretation of nature. The search for the ideal has been the purpose of my life. In landscape or seascape, I love above all the poetic motif.”  –William Bouguereau The name William Bouguereau is synonymous with some of the greatest paintings in turn-of-the-century fine art. Known […]

Time for Tea! Exquisite Tea Caddies

January 17th, 2014

No other practice evokes British sophistication and elegance quite like the drinking of tea. It is hard to believe that this now-common beverage was once an incredibly expensive commodity that could only be enjoyed by nobility and the social elite. These connoisseurs would soon demand elaborate and luxurious accoutrements to store and prepare this prized […]

Art Depicting Art: “Oedipus Rex” by Renoir

December 7th, 2013

In 1895, Renoir was commissioned to paint a series of paintings to decorate the home of the director of the Theatre des Varietes, Paul Gallimard. Perhaps one of the best loved Impressionists of all time, Renoir was renowned for capturing all of his subjects with grace and sensuality and Gallimard, a patron and friend of […]

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