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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.

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Over the Crest: The Lightning by Montague Dawson

The Master of Maritime: Montague Dawson

Posted: March 20, 2019 13:37

Montague Dawson spent his lifetime devoted to the sea. He grew up alongside it during the early years of his childhood in London; he fought upon it during the Great War; and he captured it on canvas throughout his long and highly successful career as a painter. Few artists could boast such a natural and innate understanding of the water - he not only knew just how it moved, but also how ships moved through it. The interplay between ships, weather and water comes to life in his works, with a painstaking level of detail and remarkable sense of drama that is unmatched. When viewing his...

Cleopatra by Julius Kronberg.  Signed and dated 1883.  This incredible Academic masterpiece was commissioned in 1879 by Count Fredrick Wachtmeister and resided in Tistad Castle for over 130 years.

Historic Drama to Artistic Masterpiece: Cleopatra by Julius Kronberg

Posted: February 13, 2019 16:04

A larger-than-life personality guided by power, political alliances, civil wars and seduction, Egypt’s Queen Cleopatra VII has inspired countless generations of artists to capture some of the most telling moments of her life in nearly every medium imaginable. But no other portrait captures the dramatic end of her remarkable existence than this monumental genre masterpiece by Swedish artist Julius Kronberg.   This breathtaking original oil on canvas measures over 13 feet tall, allowing the viewer to immerse themselves in the very moment Cleopatra famously took her own life by allowing a...

Le Carnaval du Sage.  Dated 1947

(Sur)reality: René Magritte's Dreamscape

Posted: January 18, 2019 11:34

René Magritte once said, “Everything we see hides another thing; we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.” His enigmatic dreamscapes have come to embody this notion. When confronted with a Magritte canvas, our minds invariably attempt to reveal the hidden meaning behind what our eyes see. Floating baguettes, a shadowy specter, a mountain-size wine glass - all have confounded Magritte's audiences since he created his first Surrealist canvas in the 1920s. Magritte is well known to have disliked those who attempted to explain the content of his paintings. He preferred the mystery...

This exceptionally rare and exquisite panel was composed by the renowned Florentine painter Domenico Puligo.  Circa 1515.

Motherly Love: Renaissance Devotional Painting by Puligo

Posted: December 31, 2018 07:39

The Virgin Mary has served as a centralizing figure in Christian art since the religion’s beginnings, but it took many centuries for her devotional images to humanize this pivotal historical figure as nurturer and mother of God.    The first artistic venerations of Mary date to the second century during the Apostolic Age of early Christianity. However, it was not until 431 and the convening of the Council of Ephesus that she was officially titled the "Mother of God," an act that permanently established her importance within the Church.   From that moment on, the vast majority of...

 Baby Lying on his Mother’s Lap by Mary Cassatt.  Circa 1914.

Mary Cassatt: Modernizing the Mother and Child Trope

Posted: November 07, 2018 09:14

In a nondescript room, a young mother cradles her infant son in her arms. Smiling, he attempts to grasp the vibrant orange scarf that she dangles in front of him. The intimate tableau reflects Mary Cassatt’s vision of modern motherhood and domesticity. Painted in pastel, the work was completed in 1914, which was the year that she retired from painting due to her failing eyesight. Thus, it represents the complete culmination of this famed painters’ oeuvre, particularly her dedication to the theme of mother and child. While the trope of the mother and child is an old one in the history of...

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...


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