Rue’s Manhattan Apartment

Rue's Small Porcelain Vase

Don’t you just love when old porcelain gets that cracked finish all over? Rue did, and that was part of the reason she was always purchasing old porcelain pieces from antique shops around the globe. Rue owned this piece for at least 30-years; we know that because we found photos from...

Rue's Set of Four German Bowls [SOLD]

One of the reasons that Rue selected me – this is MJL at Estate of Rue – is that I am decidedly NOT a stuff person. Rue knew that I would follow her wishes and send all of her things out there into the world because I don’t really keep a lot of possessions in my own life. ...

Rue's "Concert" Breakfast Cup and Saucer [SOLD]

We think they call this a “breakfast cup” because it is so huge that you use it for cereal or oatmeal and not coffee or tea; if you actually drank that much caffeine you’d be wired out of your mind! You can see this piece in Rue’s kitchen cabinets by MJL’s big head...

Rue's Filched Sugar Pourer

Here we go again, yet another piece of evidence from Rue McClanahan’s International filching crime spree. We actually don’t know if this 6.75″ sugar pourer was nabbed during the modeling trip to Germany Rue took in the ’90s, from whence those gorgeous images come, or...

Rue's Framed RARE Frank Sinatra Movie Marquee Poster

Many people remember Shelley Winters from her later work – Like “The Poseidon Adventure” – when she had already changed physically, but back in the day, she was a glamor girl. Rue owned this rare marquee display from a movie that Ms. Winters starred in with none other...

Another Framed Doily from Rue's Collection [SOLD]

You can see this framed doily against the far wall in the photo taken of Rue’s doily collection in the master bedroom of her Manhattan apartment. This is a uniquely shaped piece, and the professional framer did an excellent job custom cutting a couple layers of matting to surround the...

Another Charger from Rue's Collection [SOLD]

Here is another charger from Rue’s collection. These beautiful plates are 13.5″ across and are made for either use or display; they have holes in the back if you want to put a loop in and hang it somewhere. Rue did both; some she displayed on the walls of her dining room and some...

A Basket from Rue's American Indian Art Collection

You know how there are baskets all over the place? You’ve got baskets that fruit or flowers came in, baskets that you bought at any store for a few dollars, and baskets that you have no idea where they came from, but they’ve always been around. Well, this is DEFINITELY NOT one of...

Rue's Coffee Mug from The Brooklyn Homicide Task Force [SOLD]

Rue thought The Brooklyn North Homicide Task Force had a delicious sense of humor. Using a classically shaped mug they created a piece using the traditional logo for The New York City Police Department, had the name of their group printed in relatively plain script on the side, and included a...

Rue's Waterford Crystal Bowl Used for Candle Light Show [SOLD]

We have no idea when or how Rue discovered that this Waterford Crystal bowl throws great shadows when there is a candle inside, but she figured it out and so that was what she used it for. She used to put plain votive candles inside, be we found this rather unique heart-shaped candle in her...

Rue's Ornate Silver Creamer and Sugar Set

This etched silver cream and sugar set is very old. The pieces were made by the C.B. Barker Mfg. Co. in New York. Naturally, they are very tarnished since Rue NEVER polished silver. Like her other tarnished pieces, we really want to clean them up, but we will hold off. The pieces are large...

Rue's Silver-Edged Green Depression Era Glass Platter [SOLD]

Isn’t this a unique piece? As you probably know by now, Rue had a large collection of Depression Era Glass, and this is one of the most singular pieces in the whole collection. The edge of this 9.5″ serving platter has a layer of what appears to be pounded silver leaf. Maybe this...

Pair - But Not a Set - of Green Plates [SOLD]

When you first look at this pair of plates you think they are a set, right? Well, I did. We were eating lunch and I complimented Rue on this set of salad plates and she explained that not only were they NOT a set, she bought them at two different antique stores years apart. Then I looked...

Rue's Silver Bud Vase

This 7″ tall silver vase is HEAVY. In fact, it feels like it is weighted with something in the bottom. Perhaps it is, do they do that so vases don’t fall over? That would make sense actually, because it is so elegantly thin that it probably would easily topple over without the...

Rue's Ivory (Hopefully Faux!) Figurine

Rue loved elephants and did a lot of work fighting for their safety and protection; we don’t think she would own anything ivory. But, this little figure sure does feel like ivory. There are two possibilities: one, she owned this piece from way back before she was educated about the...

Rue's Salt and Pepper Shakers

Rue had several sets of salt and pepper shakers, some were too big to be practical, others were too much like art to be functional, but his set was both practical and functional and so she used them all the time. The pair measure 4.5″ high and they come with a Certificate of Authenticity...

The Last One of Rue's Stainless Steel Cocktail Shakers [SOLD]

Rue owned three stainless steel martini shakers – a girl can never have too many – and this is the last one left. The piece was made by Phoenixware in Arizona, it is 9.75″ tall with a 3.5″ opening when the lid is removed. Rue’s last cocktail shaker comes with a...

Rue's Set of Wooden Serving Trays

We pulled one of Rue’s wooden serving trays out in order to photograph the crystal “Visionary Award” – the crystal is so clear you couldn’t see with engraving without some color underneath – and we decided since we had one out to dig out the other and shoot...

Rue's Root Beet Float Fountain Glass [SOLD]

Rue went through a MAJOR root beer float stage during the last two years of life; she simply craved root beer floats all the time. She used diet root beer, but real vanilla ice cream. This is the glass she used for her almost daily fix. This Depression Era piece is 5.75″ high with a...

Rue's Pot Leaf Bowl (WHAT?!)

We always call this bowl “The Pot Leaf Bowl,” but we’re not sure if that is what a real pot leaf looks like – it has been a long time since any of us were in college. We just pulled an image off the Internet and we’ll let you decide. Rue’s “pot...

Rue's Pink Depression Era Glass Serving Bowl [SOLD]

This serving bowl of Rue’s is almost 9″ across. It stands 2.75″ high and has a 4″ base. There seems to be a cherry pattern on the bottom and some sort of blossoms on the sides; um, cherry blossoms, perhaps? Rue’s pink Depression Era serving bowl comes with a...

"It Was a Hard Day" Scotch Glass and Ashtray [SOLD]

As you may know by now, Rue was a closet smoker. She started smoking back in the day when almost everyone smoked and she tried every way possible to quit and simply couldn’t do it. Normally, she kept it hidden and would use various ruses and unexpected items as ashtrays to hide her...

Rue's Old Glass and Brass Inkwell

Rue’s inkwell is a very old piece. Other than some chips along the rim of the base – which you can clearly see, but are not really glaring because of the cut and facets of the item – it is solid. Rue used to keep it on her kitchen counter with all these little spoons in it;...

Rue's Blue Plate [SOLD]

This blue plate with an intricate pattern on the front and anther on the back was always somewhere visible in Rue’s apartment. It would be on the kitchen counter, or on the liquor cart, on a table in the library or on a table somewhere. There is a tiny chip along the edge, but the...

Rue's Coffee With Pat Neal Mugs

Do you remember Patricia Neal? She was a great movie star who won an Oscar in the early 1960s for a movie she made with Paul Newman entitled “Hud.” If you haven’t seen it you ought to, it is an excellent film. Anyway, in addition to being incredibly talented, Pat Neal led a...

A Set of Rue's Tea Mugs with Tin of Tea

Here is another set of four of Rue’s tea mugs along with a tin of tea from her collection. She bought the tin of tea from Marks & Spencer while visiting London, and the metal container measures 6″ x 4.5″. The set of four glass mugs are 3.5″ high with 3″...

Pair of Rue's Mugs with Other Items From Tea Cabinet

We actually found a photo with Rue and the edge of one of these Santa Barbara Roasting Company mugs; can you see it in the hand of the grey headed woman with her back to the camera? By the way, do you know who that woman is? She is none other than the writer Julia Cameron – “The...

Rue's Vivid Tablecloth [SOLD]

Besides two batches of Rue’s homemade placemats, we don’t think we’ve posted any of her linens – it is time to dig into that treasure trove! Here is one of Rue’s tablecloths; a vivid 40″ square piece that feels like wool or felt. The piece comes with a...

The Other Set of Rue's Coasters [SOLD]

We divided Rue’s coasters into two piles, the first pile sold already, and here is the other pile. We pulled four of the woven ones that Rue used for everyday – you can see them on the tables in the two photos posted. We also included 10 of the Mickey Mouse coasters that Disney...

Rue's Last Cruet

Rue had three antique cruets when we started posting on the site, and we are finally here with the last one. This is an old piece – from the early 1900s or late 1800s – and the reason Rue loved it is because of the bubble suspended in the glass of the neck; Rue loved those perfect...

Rue's Green Pedestal Piece [SOLD]

What was something like this originally designed for? We know what Rue used it for – if she had a single piece of cake or a cupcake she was saving for someone, she’d set it on this green pedestal piece or another similar one she had – but what was it really intended for? This...

Rue's Gold Depression Era Bowl and Top (Not a Set!)

We do NOT think this lid actually goes with this bowl, but that is SO Rue that she would put them together anyway! In fact, we always thought they were a set since they were always together in Rue’s New York City apartment; she’d put candy or fruit inside, and the lid was always on...

Rue's Vintage Silver Rimmed Pedestal Bowl [SOLD]

This pedestal bowl of Rue’s is quite old, but it is still in excellent condition. It seems to be rimmed with silver along the top and bottom. The piece measures 4″ high, with a 3″ base and a 5.75″ opening at the top. Rue’s vintage pedestal bowl comes with a...

One of Rue's Wedding Gifts from Wedding #4 (Oh, Rue!)

When Rue was married for the fourth time, it was to a Greek man. His relatives arrived from Greece bearing many gifts and even food in their suitcases. When the marriage ended, “The Greek,” as Rue called him, took half of Rue’s money and ALL the wedding gifts from his side of...

Another One of Rue's Large Chargers

Here is another one of Rue’s beautiful, hand-painted, Spanish chargers. She hung them on the walls of her Manhattan apartment, and she used them on the tables in both her California and New York homes; Rue LOVED these chargers. The piece is 13.5″ across, is signed by the artist,...

Rue's Blue Plate Special [SOLD]

Rue liked a snack now and then, who doesn’t? One of her cravings involved these little washabi crackers with ANYTHING on top. She’d pull out a couple lines from the package sleeves, splay this plate with them, and then dump something into the little blue bowl to dip the crackers...

Rue's Last Metal Magazine Rack (Complete With Her Jerry-Rigged Side Straps and 10 Circulars Sent to Rue!)

Rue had a pair of these metal magazine racks from way back in the ’70s. She used them in several different California properties, and then she moved them with her to New York City in the late ’90s. We already posted the one in the photo, but here is the other. Just like the first...

Rue's Limoges Plate

Rue collected Limoges porcelain. This 7.5″ plate is a piece from her collection of Théodore Haviland Limoges. You know how you might have some sort of a receptacle on a desk or dresser to hold thing out of your pockets when you get undressed? Well, Rue liked to use vintage porcelain for ...

Rue's Pink Teacup and Saucer [SOLD]

Here is another one of Rue’s fancy teacups and saucers from her extensive collection. These vintage pieces are in excellent condition and they come with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.

$125

Rue's Set of Amber Depression-Era Dinner Plates

Although these plates are Depression Era glass, and Rue used them for decades at her parties, there are still SEVEN left! That is a miracle. We tried to shoot them with different angles of light so you can see the interesting pattern; and aren’t the edges cool? The seven dinner plates...

Rue's Framed Copy of One of Her "Doodles" (And a Story)

You can see this beautiful “Doodle” of Rue’s in the background in the photo taken of the two of us talking in the living room of her Manhattan apartment. This 5.75″ x 16.5″ piece was custom framed in a gorgeous 12″ x 24″ frame. It hung above the door...

Rue's Pink Cake Plate

You can see this pink Depression Era glass plate under one of Rue’s delicious Orange Poppyseed Cakes in the photos posted. This was one of Rue’s special desserts and she whipped them out on a moment’s notice. The day these shots were taken, she had a voice lesson with the...

Rue's Beautiful Depression Era Sugar Caddy (Along With Smashed Up Creamer)

We are really just selling Rue’s beautiful, etched, green glass sugar caddy here, and we are GIVING the purchaser the cracked glass creamer since it has the defect. I was with Rue the day she dropped the creamer and it split – she was so sad. Rue was throwing a tea party for a dear...

Rue's Set of Eight (8) Vintage Side Plates

Rue loved the cracked glaze on these vintage plates. She used them for decades; first in her California homes and then in both of her Manhattan apartments. Rue used the 7″ pieces as dessert plates. Can you believe all eight plates survived all these years? Rue’s set of vintage...

Rue's Umbrella and Cane Basket

This tall basket was usually found right inside Rue’s front door; she used it to hold canes and umbrellas. However, I also saw it with a bag inside used as a trash can in her home office. The piece measures 17.5″ tall and is 10″ wide. Rue’s umbrella/cane holder/trash...