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

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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.

A Grand Dining Experience: The 224-Piece American Silver Dining Service

  • This incredible American Silver Dining Service for 12 boasts works crafted by Reed & Barton and Redlich & Co.

    This incredible American Silver Dining Service for 12 boasts works crafted by Reed & Barton and Redlich & Co.

    M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans

  • The entire 224-piece service contains both flatware and hollowware, all housed in this large Georgian-style chest.

    The entire 224-piece service contains both flatware and hollowware, all housed in this large Georgian-style chest.

    M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans

  • The stunning Reed & Barton flatware is crafted in the resplendent Francis I pattern

    The stunning Reed & Barton flatware is crafted in the resplendent Francis I pattern

    M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans

There was a time when dining was much more than enjoying good food amongst family and friends, it was a luxurious event that could make or break one’s reputation in social circles. A household’s most expensive furnishings and accessories could be found in the dining room, but perhaps none reflected the taste and sophistication of the owner better, or more elegantly, than the silver.

This is certainly the case with this outstanding American Silver Dining Service. Our suite for 12 guests comprises not only an exceptional Francis I sterling silver flatware service by Reed & Barton, but also a remarkable 69-piece hollowware set by Redlich & Co. The entire 224-piece ensemble is housed in its fitted mahogany chest, which even has two flanking compartments that house a pair of serving racks. Everything from beautiful serving trays and plates, to a complete tea and coffee service, tazzas, a rose bowl, and even a demitasse set, make this service truly grand.

Extensive services that include both flatware and hollowware are rare to find on the market, as they were custom-ordered by the most elite of society, especially royalty. The most recent example was once owned by the Maharaja of Patiala, India and recently sold at Christie’s London this past July. Created in 1921 by the Goldsmiths and Silversmith Company of London, this incredible flatware and hollowware service sold well above auction estimates, bringing in over $2.96 million. Only two other combination sets, both less comprehensive than our American service, have been brought to auction in the past decade. Reed & Barton and Redlich & Co. were among the most highly respected silver firms in the United States, and to find such a unique and phenomenal collaboration between two renowned American silver companies is remarkable.

One can only imagine the magnificent sight of a dinner table set with these luxurious pieces. A distinguished silver service such as this was much more than pretty silverware with which to serve food. It was a statement of refinement that no dinner guest would soon forget.

M.S. Rau Antiques’ selection of important silver is one of the most extensive to be found anywhere. Click here to view silver masterpieces by Paul Storr, Hester Bateman, Paul Revere, Tiffany & Co., and countless others.

About M.S. Rau Antiques…

M.S. Rau Antiques has spent over 100 years earning the trust of discerning collectors world-wide. Located in the heart of the historic New Orleans’ French Quarter, our peerless gallery houses one of the world’s most extensive and stunning collections of important fine art by artists such as Monet and van Gogh, rare 18th and 19th century antiques and breathtaking jewelry, including rare colored diamonds.

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