While COVID-19 is forcing the closure of museums and galleries around the world, digital platforms still allow us all to enjoy a little art and culture while under self-isolation. The unpredictable times in which we all find ourselves may mean that you presently have some time on your hands, affording you the opportunity to explore topics and hobbies that have always been of interest. With this in mind, we have compiled a list of great virtual exhibitions, exploratory blogs, collector’s guides and more from our sales staff and researchers that you can check out from the comfort and safety of your home. Luckily, in this day and age, all you need to lose yourself in history and art is access to the internet.
In our latest online exclusive exhibition, M.S. Rau delves into the history of this time-honored subject, exploring the styles, artists and models that have defined and redefined the nude over the centuries. Bringing together a carefully curated selection of nudes from M.S. Rau’s own collection with important examples from museums, this exhibition discusses their place in the overarching timeline of art history.
Devotional images of the Virgin Mary have pervaded art history since the advent of Christianity. She has been depicted both as a saintly figure deserving of veneration and in scenes that were common to all womankind. These archetypal images in many ways mimicked society’s views of real women, while also providing an ideal figure for their behavior. Mary: Virgin, Mother, Icon explores these tropes and more through an exploration of Madonna representations over the ages, from Early Renaissance icons to modern masterpieces.
Sculpting in stone is one of humankind’s oldest and most celebrated artistic traditions. Since antiquity, skilled artisans have manipulated agate, malachite, marble, porphyry and other hardstones into exquisite objects and works of lapidary art. Later masterpieces in stone, from nudes carved in marble to impossibly intricate micromosaics, continue to inspire both awe and envy. We have carefully curated an impressive selection of antique hardstone objects from around the world, culminating in this exhibition entitled The Art of Stone. The collection offers the very best hardstone creations ever made by Western artisans.
Sometimes it is the smallest antiques that are the most luxurious — and charming! The singing bird box certainly fits this description. Miniature works of art that can sit in the palm of your hand, bird boxes bring together the mechanical ingenuity of the watchmaker with the cultivated eye of the goldsmith. Check out our Antique Bird Box Collector’s Guide for a deep dive into these diminutive treasures.
Antique walking sticks are one of our most popular and diverse categories. From antique decorative canes to antique weapon canes and more, this essential Walking Stick Collector’s Guide outlines all that you need to know about collecting antique canes.
Hallmarks have been used for centuries to help identify, date and grade silver, plate, gold and platinum. For collectors of English antique silver, a working knowledge of the different types of British hallmarks is essential. It's one of the few fields of collecting that allows you to accurately identify maker, origin and date simply by deciphering the hallmark. This Antique Silver Collector's Guide teaches the basics about this important method of silver identification.
American cut glass from the Brilliant Period (1876-1917) can be counted among the most important decorative objects that were ever made in the United States. With this Antique Glass Collector’s Guide, learn about the history of these dazzling pieces, as well as how to identify and collect American Brilliant Period cut glass.
From vases to dinnerware, our Wedgwood collection offers something for every kind of collector. Check out our special Wedgwood Collector’s Guide to learn more about the different types of Wedgwood stoneware that are most essential for collectors.
With a passion for the highest-quality antique jewelry comes a deep knowledge and expertise that we strive to share with our collectors and the public. This comprehensive Jewelry Collector’s Guide will help deepen your appreciation of jewelry and gemstones, and help you make informed decisions when acquiring this wearable art.
Gallery Blog: Canvases, Carats & Curiosities
Articles on our blog give both snapshots and in-depth explorations of the objects in our gallery. Learn more about some of our favorite artists and makers, revisit some of your gallery favorites and catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how M.S. Rau operates. Here are some of our recent favorites post and articles:
Click here to read about Sales Consultant Deborah Choate’s very favorite paintings in the collection at M.S. Rau that tell a great story, and prepare to be transported into every artwork scene!
Whether you’re a brandy drinker, tequila fan or simply enjoy a glass of wine after a long day, M.S. Rau has you covered. We offer a unique selection of culinary antiques that will transform your home into your favorite cocktail bar. Click here to learn more about the pieces, as well as some of our favorite cocktail recipes!
Each period of French furniture design can be identified with just a little insight into how the styles changed with the times. Click here to learn about how French furniture styles developed over the centuries, with a focus on their most supportive feature — their legs.