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New Orleans' Very Own M.S. Rau Antiques Remains A Destination for Museum-Quality 18th and 19th Century Antiques, Fine Arts and Jewelry

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ARTFIX DAILY, May 17, 2010--

M.S.Rau Antiques in New Orleans is considered by antiques experts and museum curators as one of the country's most respected dealers in 18th and 19th century antiques, fine arts and rare jewelry. A landmark destination for almost one hundred years, it opened for business in 1912 in the French Quarter on Royal Street where it is today.

M.S. Rau's sprawling gallery is bursting with rare antiques so owner Bill Rau recently expanded the gallery space and opened the new 4,500-square-foot M.S. Rau Antiques Le Salon, steps away from the original location. The sumptuous addition, located at 610 Toulouse Street, boasts two stories of a museum-like gallery space which is perfect for showcasing the exceptional fine art and antiques offered by the renowned antiques company.

Billard table created by the Chevillotte firm of Orleans, France

Billiard table created by the Chevillotte firm of Orleans, France

Clients and guests are invited to visit Le Salon, where items such as an elaborately carved bedroom suite owned by Benito Mussolini, a Charles X billiards table made by Chevillotte of Orleans, France, an outstanding 24-light Baccarat crystal chandelier, and several grand bedroom suites beckon from four large rooms.

"We're so excited about expanding our business and increasing Rau's presence in the French Quarter, as well as around the world," noted Bill Rau, third generation owner of M.S. Rau Antiques. "The addition of Le Salon gives us the unique opportunity to display some of our finest antiques in a more home-like setting, something we think our clientele will really respond to, something we think will really interest our clientele."

M.S. Rau Antiques in New Orleans has been a destination landmark since 1912 with its 30,000 square-foot French Quarter galleries offering the finest antiques shopping in the world, backed by an unwavering pledge of quality and customer service. One of the world's most extensive collections of rare antiques for sale, fine art and stunning jewelry, featuring silver by Paul Storr and Paul Revere, works by artists including Monet, Bouguereau and Pissarro, and pieces by Faberge; and Tiffany, among countless others. Gallery hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information call 1-800-544-9440. www.rauantiques.com.

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