James Gillis

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The Reminiscant Renoir

December 19th, 2011

This just may demonstrate the truest definition of Impressionism. In L’eglise de Varengeville et les falaises, land meets sea and sky in a bold, mesmerizing display of color and texture on a clear afternoon. Renoir painted this fascinating scene in 1880, at the ripe age of 39. This is generally considered the peak of Renoir’s […]

A Night at the Round Table

November 7th, 2011

For years, furniture designers tried to figure out how to make round tables expand while still maintaining their shape.  Several designs have come about, but none have come to close to the elegance, sophistication, and engineering genius of “Jupe’s Improved Expanding Table,” invented by London upholsterer Robert Jupe, registered as patent 6,788, on September 11 […]

The Glass Master

August 1st, 2011

René Lalique’s work is universally admired around the world. We here at M S Rau Antiques and the new Musée Lalique in Alsace France, the first museum solely dedicated to René Lalique’s glass and crystal works, have some of the finest and rarest of his beautiful pieces. René Lalique was a significant contributor to the Art Nouveau […]

Luckily, some things never change…

June 23rd, 2010

Even though this was long before I began working at Rau, it’s always a pleasure hearing stories like these, and knowing that forty five years can go by and the customers have stayed with us. It’s a true testament to the store and the high quality items that Rau is known for. I received this […]

Little Pistols, Big Bang

June 18th, 2010

As a former US Marine, I’m always excited when we get in antique weaponry at the gallery. Not only is the craftsmanship both internally and externally impressive, it shows how  quickly and stealthily “disagreements” could be resolved in those days. My how I yearn for those days! This striking set of Pocket Percussion Pistols that […]

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