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M.S. Rau Antiques

Led by third-generation owner and published fine art expert Bill Rau, M.S. Rau Antiques has grown by leaps and bounds since his grandfather Max Rau opened the doors in 1912 to a then-small antiques store in the heart of New Orleans' historic French Quarter. 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 over 100 years, M.S. Rau Antiques is among the premier antiques galleries in the world. Located in the heart of the French Quarter, our 25,000 square foot gallery overflows with incredible antiques by names including Tiffany & Co., Paul Revere and Fabergé. Our unparalleled selection of important, original paintings and sculpture spans the 16th through the 21st century, created by legendary artists such as Brueghel, Monet and Rockwell, and our diverse selection of exquisite jewels, including rare colored diamonds, Kashmir sapphires and Burma rubies is without equal.

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

La Mer à Grandcamp (The Sea at Grandcamp) by Georges Seurat.  Circa 1885.  Highly important, this painting is among the key works in the founding of the Neo-Impressionist movement.

When Art and Science Meet: Georges Seurat

Posted: October 16, 2018 08:53

The paintings of French Post-Impressionist artist Georges Seurat balance a fine line between the avant-garde and the traditional. The burgeoning scientific theories on color and expression inspired his development of groundbreaking techniques that would form the bases of the Neo-Impressionist movement – a movement which would alter the trajectory of art history. The Science of Color From Charles Darwin’s theories of evolution to Dmitri Mendeleev’s work in atomic theory and chemistry, the 19th century was an era rich in scientific discovery. One scientist in particular caught the...

Portrait of Laurence Millet by John Singer Sargent

A Personal Portrait by John Singer Sargent

Posted: September 13, 2018 08:09

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) is widely regarded as one of the most important painters of portraits in the history of art. His name calls to mind images of Gilded Age beauties or aristocratic children in flowing gowns and formal dress, and he commanded a high price for his highly popular work. Yet, perhaps more intriguing than his formal portraits are those works that he composed outside of his formal commissions. Gypsy dancers, blossoming gardens, close friends and family are the subjects of these works, all of which offer a glimpse into the life of this art historic great. M.S. Rau...

Rumble in the Jungle by LeRoy Neiman captures the intensity of the famed 1974 boxing match in Zaire.

Rumble in the Jungle by LeRoy Neiman

Posted: August 15, 2018 16:16

Inspired by everyone from Leonardo da Vinci to Jackson Pollock, LeRoy Neiman’s paintings possess a significance and appeal that is far-reaching. In his own words, Neiman’s objective was always “to investigate life’s social strata from the workingman to the multimillionaire.” Alive with incomparable brilliance and covering a tremendous array of subjects, Neiman, regardless of focus, had the uncanny ability to render action and emotion, unlike any American artist in the second half of the 20th century. This amazing quality is ever so apparent in his sports depictions. Neiman’s relationship...

Femme à la Robe Jaune (Lady in a Yellow Dress) epitomizes Domergue's breathtaking "la belle Parisienne".  Signed "Jean Gabriel Domergue" (lower right).  Oil on board.  Mid-20th century.

From Pin-Ups to Prestige: Jean-Gabriel Domergue

Posted: August 07, 2018 10:31

The end of World War I and the dawn of the 1920s ushered in an era of women’s liberation that forever changed the course of history. Women first began to enter the spheres of commerce, fashion and entertainment, freeing themselves from the confines of traditional submissive roles in all facets of society. This optimism was felt especially in Paris, and all branches of the arts reflected this new-found enthusiasm.   It was within this context that the great Parisian artist, Jean-Gabriel Domergue, would redefine feminine beauty. First known for his impeccable landscapes, the artist would...

Edward VII's Siège d'Amour Love Chair.  This chair allowed the notorious playboy to "entertain" himself with two women at once.

Naughty and Nice Collide in M.S. Rau Antiques’ Latest Exhibition

Posted: May 01, 2018 13:03

In one of America’s most historic and fascinating cities, a delicate balance exists between excess and reverence that has endured for 300 years. It is this dichotomy that is the focus of M.S. Rau Antiques’ latest, and most tempting, exhibition.   In commemoration of New Orleans’ tricentennial, M.S. Rau Antiques presents Vice & Virtue: An Exhibition of Sex, Saints and Sin. Through the careful curation of over 100 works of fine art and rare objects from throughout history, M.S. Rau Antiques weaves a fascinating tale examining the fine line separating the righteous from the scandalous...

The Martyrdom of Saint Valeria and Saint Martial by the Vatican Mosaic Studio was displayed at St.  Peter's Basilica and the Studio for nearly a century.

Divine Provenance: The Vatican Micromosaic

Posted: March 29, 2018 10:53

Everyone loves a good story. In the realm of fine art and antiques, a good story, or what we call “provenance”, has the power to take a work of art from exceptional to awe-inspiring. In terms of workmanship, subject matter and sheer size, this incredible micromosaic detailing the Biblical story of Saints Valeria and Martial has it all. Measuring over 10 feet tall, the precision and detail required to execute such a piece is baffling. Combined with the high cost of materials, micromosaics of this immense size and artistry are beyond rare. When you factor in its provenance of being...

 

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