As the holidays fast approach, the race to find the perfect gift can seem like a daunting task. We know the woman in your life deserves only the best of the best during this special time of year, but where to begin the search? When the typical gift won’t suffice, look to M.S. Rau for our impressive selection of rare and beautiful items that will impress the woman who has everything.
This glittering crystal box makes quite the statement displayed singularly or as part of a cut-glass collection. Truly one of a kind, this charming cut-crystal box is crafted in the shape of a carriage. Luxuriant doré bronze mountings accentuate the pointed diamond motifs of the box, set on delicate wheels with exquisitely engraved roses at their center. Perfect for a lady with many treasures, this gorgeous box safely holds her trinkets and jewelry pieces in style — a perfect ornamental and functional addition to a vanity or nightstand.
This extraordinary gift is a functional timepiece as well as a gleaming example of Cartier’s high-level craftsmanship. Inspired by none other than Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, the ingenious mechanical engineering creates the illusion of diamond-set hands rotating as if they are floating freely in space. Gorgeous artistry featuring luxurious rock crystal, gemstones, white agate, labradorite and chalcedony make this rare and beautiful timepiece a true work of aesthetic art as well as horological. Sure to dazzle the lady in your life, this gift is both fashionable and functional.
Perfect for the fashion history lover in your life, this Art Deco compact is a classic addition to any stylish lady’s wardrobe. Encrusted with seed pearls, dazzling white diamonds and classic royal blue sapphires, the geometric artistry of this diminutive piece embodies the modern sophistication of the Art Deco era. When opened, the compact reveals a mirror as well as a money clip, sewing pins topped with pearls, and even an antique tube of lipstick! This incredibly unique compact is both luxurious and chic as well as practical.
What better gift to give to a special woman than a piece made by a female artisan? Daisy Makeig-Jones crafted this incredibly rare line of painted glassware over 16 years. For those familiar with Wedgwood, it is clear that this piece is far from their usual aesthetic. With the aid of an entirely female team, Makeig-Jones hand-painted each piece of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre in the the line with unique motifs and designs. This captivating octagonal bowl displays fantastical creativity in vibrant colors sure to catch anyone’s attention.
This lovely objet d’art is an endearing collectible gift with romantic flair. In the late 16th century, the exquisite Louis XVI-era etui, or "case," was used for correspondence between lovers in the late 16th century. Marriage proposals and words of endearment between sweethearts were often carried in these opulent cases: Confidential notes would be tucked inside the box and handed off the the woman one desired. This octagonal vessel is crafted entirely in green and yellow gold engraved with an exceptional Neoclassical design punctuated by florals and garlands. Write down a love note intended for your one and only and deliver it in this one of-a-kind antique etui.
If you’re looking for a gift with an element of surprise for your lady, this Freres Rochat tortoiseshell singing bird box is certainly the perfect present. This beautiful tortoiseshell box is a stunning collectible on its own, yet also offers a secret and delightful component. With the touch of a button, a minuscule bird emerges from a pierced gilt stage and sings a song. The automaton bird with colorful plumage is made from actual hummingbird feathers, and moves not only its beak but also its head and wings as it chirps a delightful tune. Sure to astonish and awe the lady in your life who seemingly has everything!
Browse M.S. Rau’s dazzling collection of fine art, important antiques and rare jewels sure to make the ladies in your life swoon.