MS Rau Antiques Introduces Art Deco Collection with Outstanding Jewelry and Furniture

  • NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana
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  • May 07, 2013

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Greenleaf & Crosby diamond brooch, circa 1925
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Art Deco chandelier, crafted by Verrerie des Hanots in 1920 ($14,500
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J.E. Caldwell-designed tortoise shell desk clock in 1910 ($7,850)
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Art Deco and 1920's Hollywood glamour are the buzz words for fashion and interior design this spring as the remake of the movie "The Great Gatsby" hits the big screen. Black onyx, white diamonds, feathered headbands, geometric patterns and other Art Deco elements are cropping up in everything from tabletop to jewelry and accessories.  M.S. Rau Antiques, one of the country's oldest and largest dealers in antiques, fine arts and estate jewelry, is happily riding the wave of this iconic period with a curated collection of vintage jewelry, furniture and objets d'art that is available for sale at the gallery and via the website at

For example, this Art Deco chandelier, crafted by Verrerie des Hanots in 1920 ($14,500), is a fine example of a sleek style that typifies the modernist, machine-age ideal of glamour that was very popular in the 1920's. Expertly crafted, the nickel-plated metal frame supports a frosted glass center bowl with six matching shades and panels.

From the same period but crafted in the United States (circa 1925) by venerable jewelers Greenleaf & Crosby, this exquisite diamond brooch exudes elegance and is made with 71 sparkling white diamonds and faceted black onyx set in platinum ($29,850).

J.E. Caldwell, one of America's most respected jewelers in the early 20th century, designed this tortoise shell desk clock in 1910 ($7,850) which is framed in bronze ormolu.

None other than Tiffany could design such an outstanding sterling silver tea set, called Hamilton, in 1938 ($42,500).  A remarkable seven-piece set comprised of a water kettle on a stand, a coffee pot, a tea pot, sugar bowl, creamer, waste bowl and waiter's tray. Bold rectilinear handles and sleek borders beautifully exhibit Tiffany's artistry and craftsmanship.

M.S. Rau Antiques, located in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans for more than a century, is the country's largest antiques gallery specializing in 18th and 19th century fine art, antiques, as well as estate jewelry and rare gems.

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