In the first photo from back in the late ’70s or early ’80s you can see this depression era clear glass water pitcher on the table in front of Rue and her son Mark. When she sold that California house, she moved this vintage treasure cross country and used it in her Manhattan apartment for years. As we’ve told you before, it didn’t matter to Rue how expensive or rare an item was, if it had a purpose, that’s what she was going to use it for, and so this piece was used by her for decades. There is the smallest chip on the edge of the base, but I’ll bet you can’t even find it in the picture I took of the bottom. This comes with a 4″ x 6″ print of Rue and her son with the pitcher, and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
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Featured ItemsSix Hard and Eight Softcover Books from Rue's Collection
Rue loved to read and she owned a room full of books. Each of the books in this collection of 14 titles will have a printed bookplate on the inside indicating the following: “From the Private Library of Rue McClanahan.” In addition to gorgeous coffee table books about film directors and character actors, there is a real gem in this group entitled: “Ferhoodled English – A collection of quaintly amusing expressions heard among the Pennsylvania Dutch Folks.” This is just the type of book Rue loved. She’d read aloud and we’d almost pee ourselves because we’d be laughing so hard. Also, there is this “Aloneness” self help workbook that one of her husbands starting completing that makes for some interesting reading. NOTE – This is NOT for publication. All of the books will appear on one Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
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$275Rue's Framed Apache Wedding Blessing
This is a beautifully framed “Apache Wedding Blessing” that was written out by the calligrapher and artist Sherrie Lovler back in 1997. She also drew Native American designed drawings around the edge of the piece. Someone presented Rue with a framed copy of the blessing for her sixth wedding. Although the marriage broke up, Rue kept the blessing up on her bedroom wall because she loved the sentiments it expresses. The piece measures 12″ x 15″ and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue. We would write that this would make a perfect wedding gift except that Rue had six failed marriages and we don’t know if that would jinx the union or not!
$250 NOW $125Elaine Stritch Signed Playbill To Rue
Elaine Stritch was a big Broadway star with a STRONG personality. Rue had the utmost respect for her talent and was a big fan of Ms. Stritch’s one-woman show – “Elaine Stritch At Liberty.” This is Rue’s Playbill from the show that Elaine Stritch signed to her. It reads: “To Rue love & peace Elaine Stritch.” The piece will come with prints of the photos showing Rue and Elaine together and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$475 NOW $237.50Formal Portrait of Rue, Her Little Sister, and Mother
This formal portrait was taken of Rue, her little sister Melinda, and her mother back in 1944. Rue told me that her grandmother made their matching dresses; obviously that is where both Rue and her sister got their sewing talent, because those dresses are beautiful. Although people are always raving about digital photography, we think these old black and whites from film are crisper than anything around today. Rue’s original 8.75″ x 6.5″ portrait from 1944 comes with a certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$375 NOW $187.50Three Framed Stage Shots From 1972 Run of "Dylan"
In 1972 Rue starred with Will Hare in an Off-Broadway production of “Dylan.” Rue described it as the type of show where a theatre actor can fully experience being an actor. She loved the role and made some friends during the production that remained friends for life. Rue kept these three framed stage stills from the show up on her walls as a reminder of these halcyon days. The custom-framed original stills are almost 45 years old and there is some damage that has been done after all those years of California and New York City heat/cold/humidity/dryness. You can see some fogginess, but we don’t know if that is on the photos or the glass, and we don’t want to jeopardize the integrity of the pieces by starting to tear them apart. Rue’s three framed stage stills from “Dylan” come with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$475 NOW $237.50Rue's Carved Maori Box Given To Her By Her Son Mark
Like most mothers, Rue always thought of her son as a little boy. Also, like most mothers, no matter what her son gave to her – crayon drawings, pipe cleaner sculpture, macaroni necklaces, etc… – she adored and kept forever. Sometimes her boy hit the ball out of the park though and gave her something she not only adored as a mother, but also as Rue McClanahan, world class shopper and collector. This vintage carved Maori box with paua shell inserts is just such an item. Rue genuinely loved this piece. When a big earthquake hit the Los Angeles area in the late ’80s, this piece flew off of Rue’s dresser in her adorable Encino house (photo posted) and a little corner of wood popped off. Rue said she looked for that little piece for days but never found it; she figured one of her cats or dogs thought it was a bit of kibble and probably ate it. Nevertheless, she displayed this piece in her various homes for the rest of her life, and when asked its origin, she’d proudly say: “That was a gift from my son.” Rue’s carved Maori box comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.