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Beauty, Rarity, History...The M.S. Rau Antiques Blog

Bill Rau

M.S. Rau Antiques

Considered one of the foremost experts on 18th- and 19th-century European and American antiques and fine art, Bill Rau has worked in the family-owned gallery for over 30 years. Bill's extensive knowledge and reputation as a leader places him among the most respected antique experts and gallery owners today.

A New Orleans institution for 100 years, M.S. Rau Antiques is among the premier antiques galleries in the world. Located in the heart of the French Quarter, their 30,000 square foot showroom houses one of the world’s most extensive and stunning collections of rare antiques, important fine art and breathtaking jewelry.

Blog entries from Beauty, Rarity, History...The M.S. Rau Antiques Blog

This exquisite garden scene places Blanche Hoschedé-Monet's mastery of the Impressionist aesthetic on full display.

The Forgotten Virtuoso: Blanche Hoschedé-Monet

Posted: January 13, 2017 12:47

With a glorious oeuvre that radiates with the influence of her mentor, step-father and father-in-law Claude Monet, Blanche Hoschedé-Monet’s canvases are amongst the most stunning Impressionist paintings ever composed. Even though, in many ways, her paintings are almost indistinguishable in beauty and technical prowess from the works of the Impressionist master, Hoschedé-Monet has only recently begun to receive her rightful recognition as a pivotal member of the Impressionist Movement. Born into an affluent family in 1865, Hoschedé-Monet began painting at the age of 11, not as a pathway...

Napoleon before the Battle of Moscow by Joseph Franque.  Circa 1812

Iconography of Power: Napoléon and the Arts

Posted: December 15, 2016 15:34

Brilliant general and legendary conqueror, Napoléon Bonaparte was one of the Western world’s most important leaders, as well as one of its greatest patrons of the arts. Few other leaders in world history have understood the power of the image as deeply as Napoléon, and following his meteoric rise to power, he sought to develop a new iconography that bolstered his image in the eyes of the world. Thus, a new age of decorative and fine arts was born that validated his reign, and from behind this new glittering façade, he attempted to conquer the world. The current exhibition at M.S. Rau...

The famed Sir Edwin Henry Landseer painted this amazing Portrait of an Arab Mare with her Foal at the request of Princess Charlotte.  The painting was given to her lady-in-waiting, Lady Barbara Ponsonby.

Untamed Spirit: Royal Equine Portrait by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer

Posted: September 21, 2016 16:10

"And indeed, a horse who bears himself proudly is a thing of such beauty and astonishment that he attracts the eyes of all beholders. No one will tire of looking at him as long as he will display himself in his splendor."                                                                                     – Xenophon, Ancient Greek historian Civilizations around the world have held the horse in the highest esteem for thousands of years. They have served nearly every purpose imaginable, from a source of entertainment and mode of transportation, to a tool of warfare and even a beloved...

A Summer Walk by Dorothea Sharp

Impressions of Innocence: Dorothea Sharp

Posted: July 25, 2016 15:34

Spontaneity. Pure color. Rapid brushstrokes. These and more are words that come to mind when envisioning the impressionist style, and all embody the oeuvre of the British artist Dorothea Sharp. Yet, unlike the Impressionists who came before her and served as her inspiration, Sharp’s extraordinary canvases also evoke another word: innocence. Her charming scenes capture the simple joys of childhood through swift brushstrokes and bright hues that mimic the energetic lightness of youth. Perhaps more than any other British artist, she understood the simple pleasures of everyday life through the...

Maison Dans La Campagne by Bernard Buffet

A Star Rises Again: Bernard Buffet

Posted: June 21, 2016 09:39

Like modern-day movie stars and celebs du jour, the art world is not without its fallen stars. Bernard Buffet (1928-1999) is one such figure, whose meteoric rise and resounding talent was overshadowed by his fall from grace. With a story as tragic as the melancholy subjects that dominate his canvasses, Buffet is a name that was largely forgotten in the annals of art history. Yet, as with most artistic greats, Buffet’s work has experienced a resurgence of interest following his recent death. The story of his rise, fall, and eventual resurrection remains one of the most compelling in all of...

One of only seven known to exist, this immense Farcot conical mystery clock was made for and purchased at the great London International Exhibition of 1862.

Made to Mesmerize: The Farcot Conical Mystery Clock

Posted: June 14, 2016 11:53

The great International Exhibitions of the 19th and early 20th centuries were the means by which the world’s latest artistic, industrial and technological innovations could take center stage. Attracting millions of visitors over the duration, it was these world’s fairs that allowed artisans from every discipline to showcase their absolute best to a global audience that included royalty and the social elite. For a craftsman, their exhibit was a watershed moment with the power to make or break their career. The 1862 International Exhibition had been a long time coming. The exhibition marked...

 

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