Aristocracy: Luxury and Leisure in Britainfrom Lauren Stiffelman
- M.S. Rau Antiques is excited to announce their upcoming exhibition Aristocracy: Luxury and Leisure in Britain that highlights the evolution of leisure in 19th-century England. The upcoming show will illuminate the 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. The show, which is free and open to the public, will debut on Saturday, October 21, 2017 and run through Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the M.S. Rau Gallery at 630 Royal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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 country’s aristocracy displayed – and ultimately preserved – its vast wealth and social power in the face of a rapidly changing economic structure.
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. 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.
Considered one of the world’s foremost experts on 18th- and 19th-century antiques and fine art, William Rau is President, CEO and third-generation owner of M.S. Rau Antiques of New Orleans, Louisiana. Over 105 years old, M.S. Rau Antiques is one of the largest premier fine arts and antique galleries in the world. William Rau’s extensive knowledge of the international art market has not only allowed him to help clients cultivate museum quality collections, but it has also afforded him the opportunity to amass the remarkable and important works in this comprehensive exhibition.