Hadassah New Orleans and Hadassah Birmingham present a free webinar with Bill Rau, CEO and third-generation owner of M.S. Rau, the largest fine art, jewelry and antiques gallery in New Orleans. The discussion promises a fascinating glimpse into the world of rare gemstones, as well as a brief history of Jews in the jewelry trade and the art world.
Considered one of the foremost experts on 18th- and 19th-century European and American antiques and fine art, Bill Rau has worked in the family-owned gallery full-time since he was 21 years old, and part-time since the age of 14. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a degree in business, he returned to his hometown and began a highly successful career as one of the most respected antique experts and gallery owners today. His extensive knowledge and reputation as a leader have not only brought him success in the antiques business, but accolades from his peers. An avid collector as well as an authority in his field, he has helped to place several items in museums around the world. He has written numerous articles published in a wide variety of antique journals, lectured around the world at museums and events, and was the youngest senior member ever accepted to the American Society of Appraisers. This online webinar is free to attend, but registration is required. Please note that there is a 2-step registration process for this event. You need to complete the form at https://hadassahhub.wufoo.com/forms/myteb6u1w60ewc/ and then you will receive an email with instructions for step 2.