about us

about us
 

Max Rau opened the doors to a small antiques store in 1912, making a commitment to provide unsurpassed service and only the very finest items at a fair price. That philosophy still rings true and today, M.S. Rau Antiques is an internationally recognized antique, fine art and jewelry gallery led by third-generation owner and published art expert Bill Rau. Our 25,000 square foot gallery literally overflows with rare and important antiques, including pieces by Tiffany & Co., Paul Revere, Fabergé and more. Our gallery also houses an unparalleled collection of important, original paintings and sculpture that spans the 16th through the 21st century created by legendary artists such as Brueghel, Monet and Rockwell. Our diverse selection of exquisite jewels, including rare colored diamonds, Kashmir sapphires and Burma rubies is quite simply without equal.

 

 

“Our philosophy has always been to offer clients only the very finest antiques, works of art and jewelry and to back every transaction with the highest level of customer service. Earning trust and delivering the best is our top priority. It’s the reason we are the largest antiques gallery in North America in terms of sales.”
—Bill Rau, third-generation owner

M.S. Rau Antiques has matched clients with literally thousands of fine antiques, important paintings, and rare jewels, while building trust and forging relationships that span a century.

Each of our acquisitions is carefully selected by Bill Rau, documented and vetted by our team of experts and researchers, and supported by all levels of our gallery personnel, from our Executive Team to our talented support staff. What makes us unique is our attention to detail. Our primary mission is to provide our clients with an unparalleled buying and collecting experience.

If you don't find what you are looking for, please let us know. We have spent more than a century building an incredible network of contacts around the world and we are confident that our skilled team can assist you in finding just the right pieces for your collection. We hope you enjoy M.S. Rau Antiques.


 

Corporate Responsibility

M.S. Rau Antiques is committed to finding new and innovative ways to save energy, reduce waste and minimize our environmental footprint. Over the past several years, we have implemented a number of initiatives in our gallery, including retrofitting our gallery to use motion sensor lighting and low energy light bulbs, eliminated the use of styrofoam peanuts and installed water coolers throughout our facility to discourage the use of plastic water bottles. We are a small company and our impact may seem humble...but little things add up.  Read More About Our "Going Green" Efforts

 

Giving Back...The Rau for Art Foundation

Founded in 2011 by Bill Rau, the Rau for Art Foundation has assisted numerous young artists and school art programs in reaching their academic and professional goals in the arts. Each year, Rau for Art invites high school students from New Orleans and the surrounding area to participate in a themed art competition. Scholarships are awarded to the winning artists and program assistance is provided to their schools.  See this Year's Winners and Learn More About Rau For Art

 

 
Meet your Sales Consultants
 

It's often said that a company is only as good as its people. If that is true, then M.S. Rau Antiques is a great company. Our sales consultants are among the finest, most knowledgeable group of professionals in the antiques industry, each bringing with them a unique insight and expertise. With more than 200 combined years of experience, our sales team offers customers an invaluable wealth of knowledge and a remarkable dedication to quality and service.

Bill Rau has been a part of the Rau sales force quite literally since he was a boy, following in the footsteps of his uncle Elias Rau and his father Joe Rau. Now, Bill is the third generation to take the helm of M.S. Rau Antiques. His experience at all levels of the business, from operations to acquisitions to sales is well respected both inside and outside of the gallery. Each of Rau's sales consultants was selected not only for their expertise in the antiques and fine art fields, but also for their love and enthusiasm of antiques and fine art. Their excitement for the great things we have to offer is one of the reasons M.S. Rau clients are so loyal...we share their passion as well.

 

meet the team

memorable acquisitions
 

Over the course of more than 100 years, M.S. Rau Antiques has acquired and sold some of the world’s most important and extraordinary antiques, works of art and jewelry. And, while each item we acquire, whether it be a rare gemstone, an Impressionist masterwork or a fine piece of porcelain, has its own remarkable story to tell, some of these pieces have made a truly lasting impression. Here we share with you just a few of our most Memorable Acquisitions. Enjoy.

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125% guarantee

At M.S. Rau Antiques we are committed to building a long-term, rewarding relationship with each and every client. When you buy antiques from M.S. Rau you can do so with complete confidence. We are so confident that our antiques are some of the finest in the world, we back each piece we sell with a 125% guarantee. Any antique you buy from M.S. Rau Antiques can be returned, in the same condition as when it was purchased, for full credit on any other item in our gallery, catalog or website at the marked retail price, including 5% interest annually for up to five years following the sale.


* That's a guaranteed 25% appreciation in value on any antique you purchase from M.S. Rau. We believe this is the strongest guarantee offered by any antique store in the world.


Guarantee applicable to in-store exchange only. Interest accrues at a rate of 5 percent per full year for up to five years only on each anniversary date from the date of the final payment. ...Read More ...Read Less

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Our number one priority is our customer. That’s why we seek out the very finest antiques, works of art and jewelry and it’s the reason we go out of our way to make sure every client is completely satisfied with their experience and ultimately with their purchase. Don’t take our word for it, read what our customers have to say.

Beauty and an Education. What's Better Than That?

"One of the things I find myself doing a lot is spending time on this website. I love the things I see, but the other thing about M.S. Rau is that I can ask them questions about what I see and they can answer them and afterwards you are just a little bit smarter than you were. Beauty and an education. What's better than that???? I love them for that reason." - Whoopi Goldberg
Actor

Look No Further than M.S. Rau Antiques

"If you have an interest in exceptional works of art and stunning antiques, look no further than M.S. Rau Antiques. Owner Bill Rau and the Rau family have created what I consider to be nothing less than the finest antiques gallery in the world, where every piece is a masterful work of art and in flawless/museum quality condition. I urge you to visit them." - Nicolas Cage
Actor

One of a Kind Pieces with Historical Value

“As a Vice President for Ripley’s Believe it or Not, I am always looking for one-of- a-kind pieces with historical value. In 25 years, I have found that M. S. Rau Antiques is the single best antiques gallery in North America and one of the best in the world. Their personal level of service is unrivaled, and their spectacular catalogs make me want to pick up the phone and make a purchase on the spot!” - Edward Meyer
Vice-President of Exhibits and Archives Ripley's Entertainment


One of a Kind Pieces with Historical Value

“As an avid silver and art collector for 40 years, I have come to trust MS Rau Antiques as one of the best Antiques galleries in the world. To me, the joy of collecting is finding the pieces you personally enjoy with the quality you expect at a fair price, and Bill Rau offers that. My wife and I have been customers for over 15 years and we are continually impressed by the variety of rare, high-quality items found at MS Rau. - Red McCombs
President, McComb Enterprise

20 Years of Satisfaction

“For nearly 20 years, we have purchased a wide variety of silver, furniture and jewelry from M.S. Rau Antiques and are extremely pleased with both the quality of the items purchased and the high level of service provided. We hope to continue to do business with the company for many years to come." - Chuck Thornton

Engagement Ring is a Piece of Art

“My husband and I are from Chicago and have visited M.S. Rau during our many trips to New Orleans.  When it came time to get engaged, we bought my engagement ring sight unseen based upon the telephone description of MS Rau’s very knowledgeable and trustworthy jeweler.  When we received this flawless yellow diamond ring, we were stunned by its beauty and workmanship.  Given the ring’s quality, it was a fabulous deal.  On a daily basis, strangers compliment me on the ring, some of them coming from across the room to see just what is sparkling so brightly.  It's more than a ring; it's a piece of art."  - Karen Conti

A Unique Experience...Bill Rau is a Master of His Trade

“I have spent over a quarter of a century collecting European antiques and over ten of those years with MS Rau. Never have I experienced such a collection of magnificent objects for sale and in such prisitine condition. So many of the offerings are unusual with such deep heritage. I have always felt that upon purchasing a piece of art from MS Rau that I was so privileged to be a part of historical significance. Dealing with Bill Rau has been a unique experience. Bill is such a master of his trade and so willing to share his knowledge and expertise on each piece that I have considered. He has always presented himself professionally and has instilled such confidence that I never questioned any decision made with his guidance. I only wish that people like him existed in all professions. Anyone who might read this commentary should feel safe and confident in their association with Bill and MS Rau and that each purchase will be exemplary in their collection.” - Richard Epes

Rau provides Sound Advice...Like Visiting Friends

“My wife & I have been customers of Rau’s for over twenty years. We have purchased antique Limoges, jewelry, furniture, artwork, & even antiquities & have always been satisfied. The selection is very broad as well as beautiful & dealing with them is always a pleasure. Their advice is sound & we have never been disappointed afterwards. Just to visit the shop is a wonderful, museum-like experience. It’s also like visiting friends. When we’re in New Orleans we always make a stop at Rau’s an essential part of our stay. Their quality is tops & their prices fair.” - Joseph Farcus

Top Quality, Fair Prices

“I have known Bill Rau for many years and of all the antique dealers I have ever met he is without a doubt the best. First, the quality of his merchandise is unequalled (I am a Paul Storr affectionato) and he offers the best of his work. His merchandise is also unique such a a jockey chair that measures weight in stones. His prices are extremely fair, he backs up his sales and has a knowledge of antiques that I have never seen. I personally think he is the best in the business. - Michael Bloome

125% Guarantee backs Authenticity

“M. S. Rau Antiques carries the some of the highest quality antiques I have ever seen or bought. In the past 18 years, I have purchased exceptional pieces from M.S. Rau, including a Tiffany flatware set, a great dining table and amazing jewelry, and I always associate this wonderful gallery with authenticity. And the 125% guarantee made working with Bill Rau and his staff a pleasure.” - Bob Coffman

Rau Pieces Highlight Cut Glass Collection

“I have purchased many unique pieces of cut glass from M.S. Rau for over 20 years now, and have had the pleasure of doing business with both Bill Rau and his father, Joe. My collection is truly one that I am proud of and enjoy, and the pieces that I have purchased from M.S. Rau Antiques are its highlights. They are truly works of art and have been appreciated by our family, friends and guests for many years.” - George Marin
Data Tech Solutions

The Best of the Best Each and Every Time

“Love M.S. Rau Antiques. They offer the best of the best – each and every time. I continue to only shop for antiques at M.S. Rau based on the high-level workmanship of their pieces and their outstanding customer service. I’ve bought over 12 pieces of jewelry and antiques from Bill Rau. He is always honest and ensures my complete satisfaction.” - Sonja Sommers
Vice-President
Smith Enterprise, Inc.

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