Bill Rau


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The Work of a Master:18th-Century Pedestal Desk by Thomas Chippendale

August 23rd, 2013

Finding an 18th-century furnishing that can be attributed to Thomas Chippendale is like finding the “holy grail” of antique furniture. This George III Mahogany Twin Pedestal Desk is just such a treasure. Every inch of this spectacular desk bears qualities synonymous with Chippendale’s signature craftsmanship. A letter of authenticity by appraiser Gary Fowler notates seven […]

First Steps To Greatness: An Early Rubens Masterpiece

June 14th, 2013

Emotional. Mesmerizing. Profound. All of these words and more have been used over the centuries to describe the work of Baroque master Peter Paul Rubens. We’re all familiar with the spiritually charged, vibrant canvases that grace the collections of major museums throughout the world. Too seldom do art lovers get the chance to see a […]

Beauty Set In Stone: The Art of Pietre Dure

May 1st, 2013

Pietre dure is one of the oldest decorative arts. With a meticulous eye and steady hand, a master of this hardstone inlay technique can literally “paint” a picture in stone. The art form developed in ancient Rome in the 4th century where the technique was known as opus sectile (“carved and cut work”). Much like […]

What’s In A Name?: Marilyn Monroe Photographs by Lawrence Schille

April 19th, 2013

Few names evoke thoughts of feminine beauty and Hollywood glamour quite like Marilyn Monroe. Arguably one of the most famous Americans in modern history, she captured hearts and imaginations around the world through the memorable characters she portrayed on the silver screen. Now, nearly 50 years later, it is the enduring images in these signed, […]

Global Advantage: Antique Globes

March 1st, 2013

Arguably the most valuable tool in business today is the computer. Within seconds, an entrepreneur can answer any question, accessing information from around the world. For the 19th-century businessman, the globe often served that same role. In matters of commerce, especially shipping, geography and exploration, the globe was an invaluable asset when determining the best […]

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