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A Jewel of Perfection: The Rare Golconda Diamond

February 11th, 2013

There once was a time when India was the only place in the world where diamonds could be found. Beginning more than 2,000 years ago, in the current state of Hyderabad, diamonds were first excavated in the heavily fortified kingdom of Golconda. It is from these mines that the most famous diamonds, including the Hope […]

Windows Into a Lost World: Pre-Columbian Pottery

January 18th, 2013

While much of Europe was in the throws of the artistic and social decline known as the Middle Ages, across the Atlantic, the ancient cultures of the Americas were experiencing a vibrant cultural period distinguished by fascinating works of art, particularly pottery.The Pre-Columbian era generally refers to the span of time in the Americas prior […]

Treasures of the Sea: Amazing South Sea Pearls

December 21st, 2012

Deep in the warm waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, between the northern coast of Australia and the southern coast of China in an area commonly referred to as the “South Seas,” one of nature’s most outstanding treasures is being created. It takes a minimum of two years for the large Pinctada maxima oyster […]

Beauty Rediscovered: M.S. Rau Antiques Finds Forgotten Poynter Painting

October 16th, 2012

After being in business for 100 years, you would think that it would be a tough task to surprise us. After all, the fine art and antiques that M.S. Rau Antiques deals with are older than the company itself. Where’s the surprise in that? But for me, the most rewarding aspect of our business is […]

Orchestrion Organ Brings Music To Life

August 1st, 2012

The Arburo Orchestrion Organ creates incredible music previously accomplished by a full orchestra. You enter a room filled with spirited music; the rhythm grabbing you immediately as it travels through the air. Drums keep time to a bright organ and accordion melody peppered with the crisp ring of a triangle. Certainly such a lively and […]

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