SELLING YOUR ANTIQUES

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can M.S. Rau Antiques tell me what my item is worth?
 Unfortunately, M.S. Rau is not able to offer opinions of value.  If you would like to have your items appraised, we encourage you to find an accredited appraiser in your area through the American Society of Appraisers at www.appraisers.org. Or, contact your local Chamber of Commerce for a referral.

Can M.S. Rau Antiques give me more information on my item? 
 Given our broad inventory, M.S. Rau Antiques is only able to research the items within our collection. To learn more about your item, we recommend hiring an appraiser to research it. An appraiser will inform you about your item and its value.

Would M.S. Rau Antiques be interested in purchasing my items?
 M.S. Rau Antiques strives to offer museum-quality works of fine art and antiques.  Our antiques and works of art demonstrate exceptional quality and condition, and often have a noted maker or possess an important provenance.

  • Prints or reproductions of any kind including lithographs, prints or posters even when signed by the artist

  • Single pieces of flatware, dinnerware or stemware (unless they have an important provenance or maker such as Paul Revere or Paul Storr)

  • Late 19th- or 20th-century silverplate unless accompanied by a significant provenance or noted maker

M.S. Rau Antiques does not typically purchase the following:

  • Mechanical objects (music boxes, clocks, automatons) that are not working, unless the repair is minor

  • Vehicles

  • Vintage toys or dolls 

  • Vintage newspapers and magazines

  • Household items such as glass bottles, appliances (including typewriters and sewing machines)

M.S. Rau Antiques typically seeks the following:

Original Artworks by Important Artists  
We are generally looking for important, original paintings by noted artists in excellent condition and with traceable provenance. Take a look at our fine art collection for examples. We cannot identify paintings if you do not know the artist.

Estate Jewelry
Our inventory is comprised of rare stones of significant quality, often accompanied by gemology lab certification. We also are interested in signed pieces by important jewelry houses, or those with a documented provenance that have been owned by a noteworthy historical figure or celebrity. Take a look at our jewelry collection for examples.

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Fine Furniture
We strive to acquire furniture by noted furniture makers and prefer pieces that are signed or that have a documented historical significance, such as a dresser by Thomas Chippendale, a desk made for and used by Napoleon, and Tsar Nicholas II's armoire.

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Silver, Timepieces and Decorative Items
Generally, we buy signed pieces with known provenance by particular markers. Take a look at our collection for examples.

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Can M.S. Rau Antiques give me more information on my item? 
 Given the vastness of our inventory, M.S. Rau Antiques is only able to research the items within our collection. To learn more about your item, we recommend hiring an appraiser to research it. An appraiser will inform you about your item and its value.


Can M.S. Rau Antiques tell me what my item is worth?
Unfortunately, M.S. Rau is not able to offer opinions of value.  If you would like to have your items appraised, we encourage you to find an accredited appraiser in your area through the American Society of Appraisers at www.appraisers.org. Or, contact your local Chamber of Commerce for a referral to an appraiser in your area. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Would M.S. Rau Antiques be interested in purchasing my items?

 M.S. Rau Antiques strives to offer museum-quality works of fine art and antiques.  Our antiques and works of art demonstrate exceptional quality and condition, and often have a noted maker or possess an important provenance.

Submitting Your Items for Consideration

If you have a rare or important item that you would like to offer to our gallery, please email photographs and a description of your item to items@rauantiques.com. Any documentation about the authenticity, history, or provenance of a piece is very important to include.

 Please note, regardless of the type of item that you would like to offer us, we only consider items offered with an asking price.  

We appreciate your patience in regards to offered items. Please allow up to ten business days for a response to your inquiry.

If you have a rare or important item that you would like to offer to our gallery, please email photographs and a description of your item to items@rauantiques.com. Any documentation about the authenticity, history, or provenance of a piece is very important to include.

 Please note, regardless of the type of item that you would like to offer us, we only consider items offered with an asking price.  


We appreciate your patience in regards to offered items. Please allow up to ten business days for a response to your inquiry. 



Submitting Your Items for Consideration

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