Several times a year, Rau employees anxiously await the arrival of another large container. Shipped from London, the containers travel by steam ship (then by truck or rail) and take an average of two weeks to arrive at our doors in the French Quarter. On “Container Day” all Rau employees join the unpacking team as new treasures are carefully unwrapped. From furniture to figurines, each shipment has an array of items, each with its own unique story. The container that arrived today (July 19) included several bronze sculptures (including a Renoir buste), a game table containing a plethora of playing pieces, several arm chairs, and numerous items by Galle, Tiffany Studios, and Meissen. To see all of our NEW items, check out the Recent Acquisitions portion of our website in the coming days!
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M.S. Rau Antiques has recently expanded our gallery space, opening the new 4,500-square-foot Le Salon just steps away from our main gallery on Royal Street. The addition, which is located at 610 Toulouse Street, boasts two stories of museum-like gallery space, showcasing exceptional fine art and antiques offered by M.S. Rau.
We invite guests and customers to visit Le Salon, where four large rooms exhibit items such as an elaborately-carved bedroom suite owned by Benito Mussolini, a Charles X billards table made by Chevillotte of Orleans, France, an outstanding 24-light Baccarat crystal chandelier, and several tester beds.
Owner Bill Rau is very excited about expanding the business and increasing Rau’s presence in the French Quarter. “The addition of Le Salon allows us the unique opportunity to display some of our finest antiques in a more home-like setting, something we think our customers will really respond to,” says Bill. “We see the Salon as a great step forward in our company’s progress.”
Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Guests can view the exquisite pieces at Le Salon by entering the main gallery, 630 Royal Street.
The 7th Annual Tales of the Cocktail experience recently brought “spirited” enthusiasts to New Orleans for libations and camaraderie. On July 7th, M.S. Rau Antiques played host for a reception put on by Martin Miller’s Gin for Internet bloggers, where web diarists from across the country gathered to catch up, sip cocktails and enjoy our wine & spirit collection. Martin Miller’s Gin is celebrating their 10-year anniversary of distilling the world’s first super premium gin, and Martin Miller himself was onsite to discuss his story and passion for making a great gin.
Jon Santer serves Palin’s Christmas Punch at the event.
M.S. Rau Antiques proved to be the perfect setting for this event, as our stunning collection of wine & spirits antiques wowed the crowd. Our 1930’s Deco “Portable Bar” set was the hit of the night. Also attracting much attention was this silverplate monoplane cocktail set, which features everything needed to craft a delectable libation, including a shaker with strainer, a large inner flask, two hip flasks, 4 cups, a spoon with olive fork, a cork screw and a funnel. This particular model is now one of the rarest and most desirable items among collectors of distinguished cocktail memorabilia, ranking as one of the finest shakers ever created. Another favorite was an 1870’s Baccarat crystal cavé liqueur housed in a bronze-mounted, ebonized rosewood chest inlaid with ivory, tortoiseshell, brass and enamel. The set comprises three crystal decanters and 12 cordials all trimmed in gold.
This fantastic Art Deco cocktail set comes apart to reveal a shaker, strainer, large inner flask, two hip flasks,
4 cups, a spoon, a corkscrew and a funnel.
I have always loved the Windy City…there is an energy in Chicago unlike any other city in the U.S. So, I was thrilled when we decided to exhibit at the Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair, and a little nervous. Was it the right time to move into a new market with the economy still in the doldrums? While I have long been bullish on art and antiques, I tried to set realistic expectations. But, in true Chicago fashion, any concerns I might have had, were quickly laid to rest on opening night when our sales topped six figures.
Our conviction that art and antiques are a fine place to put your money in a troubled economy certainly rang true at the Chicago show. Over the course of the 5-day event, we sold more than 20 items, including paintings, jewelry, porcelain, furniture and even a few nice walking sticks. The highlight for me was the sale of the Enigma Machine, one of only three known to exist. Many believe this small, unassuming box held the key to winning WWII. Not the most beautiful piece in our booth, by any stretch, but certainly one of the most fascinating treasures we’ve ever had the pleasure to offer.
Paintings were also a big hit…two of our premiere canvases, a superb Renoir and a work by Vibert, were sold at the show. Both were exceptional works and I trust that our clients will enjoy them for many years to come.
I was very pleased to see the variety of pieces that sold, which tells me that people are feeling more comfortable these days collecting what they are really passionate about…whether it was the piano stool with bronze boots for legs, or the fantastic butterfly cabinet filled with stunning butterfly specimens, or the fine tortoiseshell tea caddy. Our goal is always to bring a variety of pieces to every show we do, and we were certainly rewarded for it in Chicago.
And, it wasn’t all work for us at the show! We always enjoy seeing our clients, eating at great restaurants and taking in a few sites after the show closes…Chicago was the perfect town for that. We can’t wait for next year!