Blog Posts tagged with M.S. Rau Antiques

This monumental chandelier is saturated with oversized, luminous prisms and beads of fine Baccarat crystal

Baccarat…Crystal Fit for a King

Posted: October 13, 2010 07:58 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

In response to a wealthy landowner's request to make the best use of the natural resources of the infertile Baccarat region of France, King Louis XV created “Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat” in 1765 by royal degree.  The company was the first French glassworks firm established to directly compete with imported Bohemian counterparts. For the next 245 years, the House of Baccarat would continue to garner the attention of kings, sultans and maharajas throughout the world. By the mid-19th century Baccarat was internationally recognized for their magnificent chandeliers, tabl...


This ivory-topped Doctor's Cane contains everything needed to make a house call.

The Un-cane-y World of Canes

Posted: August 26, 2010 13:51 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Canes and walking sticks, upon first mention, sound perhaps like the least interesting objects in the world to collect. Nothing could be further from the truth. There was a time when no well-heeled gentleman or lady would have been seen in public without his or her walking stick. These often elegantly decorated sticks were not used to give support for walking, but were accessories that were actually “worn” and were, in many instances, symbols of status and wealth. Many examples, especially those dated between the 19th and early 20th centuries, are made of materials such as gold, silv...