James Gillis

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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 […]

The Warriors Tools

March 16th, 2010

The War to End all Wars was truly one that settled little and created much heart ache lasting throughout the 20th century.  The hand to hand combat with bayonet charges were common practice, if not standard military protocol affording troops to routinely acquire war booty. At dawn on the morning of Easter Monday 1917 – […]

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