Ludovic Rousset

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The Bureau Mazarin

March 26th, 2012

Today, I have the pleasure to introduce you a very early example of a French desk, the “bureau Mazarin.” This desk was named after the Cardinal Mazarin, regent of France from 1642 to 1661. It was, in fact, originally created 10 years later. Mazarin did hire Pierre Gole to create two grand cabinets to donate […]

The Ultimate Example of Prodigious Architectural Marquetry

November 8th, 2011

Our collection is so extensive that it can, at times, be overwhelming to try to be knowledgeable about every piece. Today, I would like to tell you about an unforgettable treasure of the neoclassical period in France: a Secrétaire by André Louis Gilbert. While Louis XV’s taste is remembered as Rococo, Louis XVI preferred a […]

From Museo de Arte Moderno to M.S. Rau Antiques: a landscape by Corot

October 27th, 2011

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot is always considered a genius amongst 19th century art historians. As the father of the Barbizon School, his images are praised for their elegant atmospheric qualities and gentle brushstrokes. Furthermore, his work is credited as a major influence on the later Impressionist movement. One of the most compelling aspects of L’entrée du Chemin […]

When the craftsmanship attains the perfection of the nature…

June 27th, 2011

The French have a saying: “the smaller, the finer.” I am quite excited to share my admiration for a piece, recently acquired by M.S. Rau Antiques, that flawlessly illustrates this sentiment. This item, or “objet d’art,” is a 150-year-old hand-crafted box by Maison Tahan of Paris. Its maker, Jean-Pierre Tahan, was known to produce the […]

1910: When the Water Rose…

July 16th, 2010

100 years ago, France saw the worst flood in the history since the 17th century. Due to the surplus of rain, snow and frost, the Seine River overflowed and rose from 12 to 28 feet in Paris and flooded 12 of the 20 districts which caused a lot of damage. It took 35 days for […]

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