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PALM BEACH SHOW GROUP,  September, 2014-- M.S. Rau Antiques is a distinguished exhibitor at all Palm Beach Show Group Events.

Considered one of the foremost experts on 18th- and 19th-century

European and American antiques, fine art and jewelry, Bill Rau has

worked in the family-owned gallery full-time since he was 21 years old,

and part-time since the age of 14. After graduating from the University of

Colorado in 1982 with a degree in Business, he returned to his hometown

and began a highly successful career as one of the most respected

industry experts and gallery owners today.

Upon taking the reigns as President and CEO in 1995, Bill instituted

improvements at M.S. Rau that have put him on top of a multi-million

dollar operation. Located in the heart of the historic French Quarter in

New Orleans, with more than 30,000 total square feet of showroom, M.S.

Rau Antiques houses extraordinary collections of important works of fine

art by Renoir, van Gogh and Monet, incredibly rare jewelry including

natural colored diamonds and Burma rubies, and an array of

breathtaking antiques typically found only in the most prestigious

museums in the world.

Bill's extensive knowledge and reputation as a leader has not only brought

him success in the antiques business, but accolades from his peers. An

avid collector as well an authority in his field, Bill has helped to place

several items in museums around the world, including the New Orleans

Museum of Art, the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Instituto Ricardo

Brennand in Receife, Brazil. His highly anticipated book, entitled From

Barbizon to La Belle Époque, Ninteenth-Century European Painting, was

released in October 2012. The text sheds new light on the history of 19th century European painting by examining the works of over 200 masters,

covering dozens of movements from Romanticism to Impressionism, and

everything in between. Bill has also written numerous articles published in a wide variety of antique journals, lectured around the world at museums and events, and was the youngest senior member ever accepted to the American Society of Appraisers.

In commemoration of M.S. Rau Antiques’ 2012 Centennial, Bill founded

the Rau for Art Foundation. The RFA’s yearly Student Scholarship

Competition and Teacher’s Art Fund grant allows the company to give

back to the community while advancing the appreciation for the arts in

Greater New Orleans. Employees of M.S. Rau Antiques comprise the RFA,

contributing their time and professional skills to help these students reach

their dreams.

Today, Bill serves as President of the Royal Street Guild, and is a member of the Wedgwood Society of New York and Boston, the American Cut Glass

Association, the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, the

Music Box Society International, the Better Business Bureau, the New

Orleans Chamber of Commerce, and the Young Presidents' Organization.


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