Aristocracy: Luxury and Leisure in Britain

M.S. Rau Antiques is pleased to announce their upcoming exhibition that highlights the evolution of leisure in 19th-century England. Aristocracy: Luxury and Leisure in Britain illuminates this spectacular age of socioeconomic, cultural and artistic change through a wealth of art and superbly crafted objects, including furniture and fine art, as well as important pieces of provenance.


An exciting time for technology, science and the arts, British culture of the Victorian age found itself at a crossroads - awakening to change with echoes of the past still visible. While strict rules of etiquette still governed society, opulence and entertainment emerged as a driving socioeconomic force that became a central facet of aristocratic life. Through an exploration of the elaborate leisure culture that defined the era, the exhibition will reveal the complex ways in which the English aristocracy displayed – and ultimately preserved – its vast wealth and social power in the face of a rapidly changing economic structure.


The remarkable range of works on display were chosen to unveil the lavish lifestyle of Victorian England’s most influential and affluent citizens. From a rare royal commission by Edwin Henry Landseer to an extensive porcelain dinner service once owned by the Duke of Hamilton, the exhibition offers an intriguing glimpse into the sensations and spectacles of this superlative period.


The exhibition will be on display Saturday, October 21, 2017 – Saturday, January 20, 2018 at M.S. Rau Antiques, 630 Royal Street, New Orleans.


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