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French Industrial Clock

French Industrial Clock

This French clock is an impeccable example of the complex artistry of industrial timepieces. Industrial clocks such as this, combining precision timekeeping with mechanically-inspired figural automata, were extremely popular during the 19th century, especially with wealthy barons investing… Read More »
Australian Billiards Table

The History of Australia Billiard Table

This magnificent, award-winning Australian billiard table is among the most important ever created in the vast British Empire and has an impressive royal provenance. Crafted of beautiful and highly valued Australian blackwood by master carver George Billyeald and accompanied by its… Read More »

Arburo Orchestrion Organ by Bursens and Roels

Once a fixture in bustling dance halls, cafés and fairgrounds throughout Belgium and the Netherlands in early to mid 20th century, this incredibly rare, early Orchestrion organ is a masterpiece of automated music. Crafted by the Arburo firm run by Arthur Bursens and Gustav Roels,… Read More »

Celebrating 100 Years: Bill Rau Looks Back to the Beginning

View Part 2: Offering the Best of the Best. Third-generation owner Bill Rau takes you back to the humble beginnings of M.S. Rau Antiques in 1912. As the gallery prepares to celebrate it's 100th anniversary, we reflect back on the people and principles that have helped this business thrive… Read More »

Celebrating 100 Years: Specializing in the Best of the Best

View Part 1: Bill Rau Looks Back to the Beginning As M.S. Rau Antiques approaches its 100th birthday in 2012, Bill Rau explains why this family run business has withstood the test of time. Through World Wars, natural disasters and economic ups and downs, M.S. Rau has been steadfast in… Read More »
Round Dining Table by Robert Jupe

Round Dining Table by Robert Jupe

A marvel of technical innovation and classic beauty, this wonderful round dining table was patented by Robert Jupe in 1835. When expanded, this lovely table for six is transformed into dining for eight with a simple turn. Watch as Lyndon Lasiter demonstrates the amazing mechanism and shows… Read More »
Stunning Black Opal & Diamond Necklace

Stunning Black Opal & Diamond Necklace

Treasured for their fiery explosion of vibrant color, black opals stand among the finest of all gem stones. To find two large, exemplary stones such as those in this wonderful diamond necklace is simply remarkable. Watch as jewelry specialist Susan Lapene expounds on the beauty of this… Read More »
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The Royal Ice Pail by Rundell, Bridge and Rundell

By far the greatest silver service ever created was the "Grand Service" made by Rundell, Bridge and Rundell for King George IV of England. It took approximately 10 years to complete and cost an amazing £100,000 (this is about $15 million in today's money). The great majority of this… Read More »
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The Linke Grand Regulator Clock

Bill Rau discusses what is widely considered to be one of the finest sculptural clocks ever made. Crafted by the legendary French ebeniste Francois Linke, this amazing regulator clock is one of only six made as a collaboration between Linke and Leon Messagé for the 1904 St. Louis… Read More »
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The Beurdeley Mechanical Desk

This superb mechanical desk by famed French ebeniste Alfred Emmanuel Louis Beurdeley is both an artistic and engineering achievement. As if the incredible inlay and exquisite bronze mounts weren't enough to distinguish this desk, turn the key for a wonderful surprise. Watch as Bill Rau… Read More »