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Aristocracy: Luxury and Leisure in Britain, at M.S. Rau Antiques

Aristocracy: Luxury and Leisure in Britain, at M.S. Rau Antiques

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Aristocracy: Luxury and Leisure in Britain highlights the evolution of leisure in 19th-century England. During this spectacular age of extravagance and spectacle, Britain experienced a profound revolution of scientific innovation, economic growth and artistic exploration. As a result, a new culture of leisure emerged, fueled by the wealth and affluence of the cultural elite. This comprehensive exhibition offers a glimpse into the lavish lifestyles of the 19th-century British aristocracy.

French Mechanical Desk by Beurdeley at M.S. Rau Antiques

French Mechanical Desk by Beurdeley at M.S. Rau Antiques

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This superb mechanical desk by famed French ebeniste Alfred Emmanuel Louis Beurdeley is both an artistic and engineering achievement. Adorned on the top and all sides with outstanding, classical inlaid tableaux of muses and putti studying astronomy and the arts, this elegant table is also abundantly decorated with cast gilt bronze, from the simple edging around the top and bold acanthus mounts on the corners and friezes, to the laurel leaf panels on the legs and caps on the ball feet.

With the turn of a key, the center panel emerges from the desk’s interior, revealing the table’s well-designed, beautifully constructed second nature. This second work surface is comprised of three sections, each with its own expertly inlaid surface. With a pull of a bar located underneath, these latched sections are released. The two side sections unfold outward to reveal two large storage spaces and four small drawers with gilt bronze laurel leaf pulls. The center section rises at an angle. Adjustment of the bar underside locks it in place, and the velvet lined inset holds a mirror on its reverse side.

A Parisian cabinetmaker, from a family of ebenistes, antique dealers and collectors, who specialized in the manufacture of luxurious French furnishings, Beurdeley created extraordinary works which earned him a Gold Medal at the Paris Exhibition Universelle of 1889. He was much admired for his 19th-century interpretations of Louis XV designs and this incredible desk is a stunning example of his expert vision and ability.

Circa 1880

42 ¾” wide x 24 ½” deep (closed) x 29 ¾” high

After working alongside his father for many years, Alfred Beurdeley became the successor to his family’s prosperous furniture manufacturing enterprise in 1875. The company specialized in high-quality, 18th-century revivals and his extravagant style captured the attention of wealthy Parisians eager to decorate their estates with rare and important Louis XV and Louis XIV-style furnishings. Beurdeley exhibited his works at the International Exposition of 1878, the Amsterdam Exposition of 1893, after which he was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1889. Shortly after obtaining the prestigious honor of the Gold Medal in Paris, Beurdeley closed his shop in 1895, sold his famous collection, and spent the remainder of his life in seclusion. In the short span of 20 years, Beurdeley made an indelible mark on the history of 19th-century French furnishings, for his creations remain among the finest of the period.

Prospect 4 Exhibit at M.S. Rau Antiques by Artist Pedro Lasch

Prospect 4 Exhibit at M.S. Rau Antiques by Artist Pedro Lasch

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M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans’ quintessential antiques, and fine art destination is pleased to announce its first-ever exhibition of contemporary art on the occasion of Prospect New Orleans’ citywide triennial of art. The 105-year- old gallery will act as an official venue for Prospect.4, where it will host Mexican-American artist Pedro Lasch for a solo show entitled Reflections on Time.

Reflections on Time is a site-specific installation that incorporates historical clocks and other objects from M.S. Rau’s collection in a constellation of pairings with reflective glass artworks produced by Pedro Lasch. The installation evokes richly layered meditations on the history of time, encompassing scientific, spiritual, and allegorical implications.

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