Rue’s Manhattan Apartment

Rue's Embroidered Gift Pillow [SOLD]

As we’ve written before, what Rue loved to receive more than anything else was a homemade gift from someone. Anyone could go out to a store and spend money, but she knew it took love for someone to spend their time and effort to create something for her, and she knew that because she...

Rue's Framed "Broadway Theatres" Piece

As you all are certainly aware, Rue made her name and her fortune on television. As you also know, she is best known for playing Blanche on “The Golden Girls.” Now, please don’t be upset by what you’re about to read, but Rue did NOT consider herself a “television...

Rue's Vintage Dial-O-Matic [SOLD]

Rue McClanahan was just like the rest of us; she was not immune to the temptations of late night infomercials – Rue bought a Dial-O-Matic from RONCO! Did you know RONCO is, or was, located in Beverly Hills? Neither did we. Rue’s vintage Dial-O-Matic is in excellent condition and...

The Magnetic Knife Racks From Rue's Kitchen Wall

You can see these knife racks in the background of any picture showing Rue near the entrance to the kitchen of her Manhattan apartment. The two bars are 18″ long and 1.5″ wide. The magnet panels are still powerful and will hold any knives of utensils you want to throw up there. We...

Rue's Frog Sculpture [SOLD]

Here is yet another one of Rue’s frogs. This is a really nice one, in that it is obviously a handmade work of art. The artist signed the piece and marked the year; the frog sculpture was made by “W. Brighton” in 1991. The piece measures 3.25″ wide, it is 2.5″...

Rue's Lug-Around-Able Square Storage Basket [SOLD]

Rue lugged this solid basket around with her from room to room in her Manhattan apartment. Whatever supplies she needed for whatever project she was currently working on would be stacked inside and then, because it had the built in handhold, she’d lug it with her as she went from her...

Wine Racks From Rue's Manhattan Apartment [SOLD]

You can clearly see Rue’s wine racks in the background of the photos posted. These four separate metal rows of bottle holders make up two racks that hold a total of 36 bottles. Despite Rue’s racks holding thousands of bottles over the years – Rue liked her wine – they...

Rue's Silver Makeup Case From Kimara Ahnert

Have you heard of Kimara Ahnert? She is this gorgeous makeup artist with her own line of cosmetics and she has this chic little shop on Madison Avenue near Rue’s apartment in Manhattan. Ms. Ahnert works on celebrities and socialites and other big wigs from all over the world. When she...

Pair of Rue's Necklace Racks

You can see one of these two racks in the photos posted; it was hanging right in front of Rue’s faux fur closet, on the back of the door to the master bath in her Manhattan Apartment. Rue owned two of these foot and a half long, by 2″ wide racks, and she used them to hold her many...

Rue's Yardstick

This is one of those household items of Rue’s that has practical value. If you are anything like Rue, you will use this yardstick all the time, too. Rue used this for any of the things one uses a yardstick for; she used it to measure stuff and to draw straight edges. But mostly, Rue...

Pair of Rue's Soft and Protective Placemats and Napkins

Rue had a VERY expensive coffee table custom made by a Wisconsin artist the year before she passed away. When we’d sit in front of the television and eat while watching a movie – yes, Rue loved to do that too, just like everyone else – we would use these thick cotton placemats...

Rue's Framed Baby Photo (*UPDATE) [SOLD]

Rue kept this beautifully framed baby portrait of herself right inside the doorway of the master bathroom in her New York City apartment. As soon as you clicked on the light you’d come face to face with baby Rue. This is an original portrait from 1934 and it is still in excellent...

Rue's Raven

Do you think this is a raven? We aren’t quite sure. We also aren’t sure exactly what it was carved out of, soapstone, perhaps, but it is HEAVY! There are some initials scraped into the bottom – “D.B.” – and also some other symbols and numbers. This...

Pair of Rue's British Birds From '70s

Rue purchased these little ceramic birds during a trip to England in the early ’70s, and she displayed them in her homes for the next almost 40-years! They’ve been banged around in all the moves, but they are still standing. The one with the glued on tail up in the air is...

Three of Rue's Orphaned Glasses [SOLD]

As we’ve written before, no matter how rare or expensive an item was, if it had a purpose, Rue was going to use it for that intended purpose and not just display it in a cabinet. Naturally, things were chipped, damaged, and full out smashed to smithereens over the years. As a result,...

Rue's Framed American Indian Piece From ENRON Collection (Oh, dear!) (*UPDATE)

Rue felt a deep spiritual connection to the Native American People. She carried some Indian blood in her own heart, and she was proud of that fact, but it was more than that for her. The struggles they endured, their connection to Mother Earth and all of its inhabitants, and their creativity...

Rue'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...

One of Rue's Framed Doilies [SOLD]

Here is another stunningly beautiful framed doily from Rue’s collection. The framed piece measures 15″ x 21.75″, and the doily itself is 7.27″ x 12.5″. The level of talent necessary to make this piece is HUGE, and Rue understood, recognized, and respected that...

Rue's Framed Pot Holders [SOLD]

Rue could see beauty in the most unlikely of places. For example: here she found beauty in a pair of pot holders. And because she was able to spot it, and she had the resources to then have the pieces professionally framed, and she lovingly placed them with her doily collection and hung them...

One of Rue's Framed Doilies From Her Collection [SOLD]

Here is another framed doily from Rue’s collection. This particular one measures 17.5″ across and it is a square frame. The doily itself is about 9″ across. The piece comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.

$375

Rue's Framed Vincent van Gogh Lithograph

This print is entitled “Cafe Terrace at Night” and it was painted by Vincent van Gogh. We have no idea what this framed print is worth. Rue bought it along with a Latrec lithograph at a gallery in Manhattan, but it is still just a print, right? Although the Latrec print, because...

Rue's "Chicago" Piece [SOLD]

This is a very special piece, and it was a very special piece to Rue, too. First, all on its own, this piece is amazing. Someone used an old cabinet door and created this one-of-a-kind piece of art. Special! Second, this was a particularly important piece to Rue because her sixth husband...

Rue's Large Framed Original Drawing of Shubert Alley

This original pencil drawing of Rue’s is quite large – the framed piece measures 22.75″ x 31″. It depicts Shubert Alley in the Broadway District of Manhattan and it was done in September of 1979 by an artist named Andreas Heise Bergamo. Mr. Bergamo could draw! ...

Rue's Pig Wearing Lipstick

Of course Rue McClanahan owned a pig wearing lipstick; why wouldn’t she? The fact that Rue’s pig has spots like a cow, nail polish, and blue eyes makes it all the better. Rue loved pigs, real or art. Rue’s pig measures 19″ snout to tail, is 10.5″ high and about...

Rue's Old Man in a Hat Sculpture

This bizarre old man in a hat sculpture hung in the foyer of Rue’s Manhattan apartment. You can see it in the photos posted. By the way, the two women saying goodbye are the world-famous authoress Julia Cameron, in the full-length mink (you can image how Rue felt about that!), and her...

Rue's Oval Porcelain Vase With Tulips [SOLD]

Rue received this little oval shaped vase with tulips painted on the outside and some fresh cut tulips on the inside when she went into “Wicked” on Broadway. The friend who sent the piece really knew Rue’s taste because she took one look at it and said one of Rue’s...

Rue's Tall Mauve Vase [SOLD]

Rue managed to hang on to this vase without chipping, cracking or breaking it for almost 20-years. For Rue, that is REALLY good! The piece was in her California home, survived the move cross -country to NYC, and then two moves within Manhattan. Rue’s tall square mauve vase is heavy, it...

Rue's Large Round Tin [SOLD]

This tin was the latest addition to Rue’s extensive tin collection. She had pieces that went all the way back to the early 1900s but this piece, despite the vintage look, is modern. This is also the largest tin left in Rue’s collection – it is a full foot across. Rue’s...

Rue's Sugar/Tea/Flour Houses

Aren’t these wonderful? They are little houses with a purpose; the structures store flour, sugar and tea. The largest measures 11″ x 6″, the medium is 8.5″ x 4.75″ and the smallest is 6.5″ x 3.5″. Rue’s flour/sugar/tea containers are wood and...

Rue's Williams-Sonoma Heavy Porcelain Platter

This heavy porcelain platter of Rue’s is bigger than you might expect from the photos – it is 17″ long, 6.5″ wide, and it has a 1.5″ high rim around it. There seems to be some discoloration from a long ago buffet spread at one of Rue’s parties – it...

Rue's Wood Magazine Rack [SOLD]

This solid wood magazine rack stood in the living room of Rue’s Manhattan apartment. It has a side table that swing out from it so you can look through the books and magazine you keep in the two large slots. The piece is 16.5″ wide and 14″ high. Without the table part swung...

Throw Rug From Rue's Home [SOLD]

Here is a simple throw rug that Rue used in the door leading from her master bedroom into the garden of her Manhattan apartment. And use it she did; Rue would often swing the door open in the early morning or late at night and go out and stroll around her “land” in the middle of New...

Where Are We Going In Rue's Handbasket?

Rue actually used her hand basket as a hand basket, who does that? She would carry it into her garden and come back inside with the basket full of tomatoes she picked off her plants. Rue’s hand basket measures 12″ x 9″ and it is 10.5″ high. The piece comes with a...

Rue's Juicer

Rue owned four juicers – the girl liked fresh juice! She was always blending up something with fresh ingredients and droplets of this or that homeopathic something or another – potions, really. However, she did NOT like the cleanup involved with the other three juicers she owned. ...

Rue's Shiny Metal Trash Can From Master Bathroom [SOLD]

This is the trash can Rue used in the master bathroom of her Manhattan apartment. The shiny metal can measures 10″ tall, with a 8.75″ opening and a 5.5″ base. Rue’s shiny can comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.

$225 NOW $112.50

NEW ITEM - Rue's Mask

Rue had owned this beautiful mask way back when she lived in her Encino house. It survived several moves in California and then a couple more in New York City. The piece measures 8.5″ x 6.5″ and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.

$225

NEW ITEM - Rue's Depression Era Footed Mini Pedestal

Rue owned a few mini-display platters, and there was no better feeling than walking into her Manhattan apartment and seeing one of them out on the sideboard or on the kitchen counter with a little treat waiting for you. Rue loved to bake and I can’t tell you the number of cupcakes that...

NEW ITEM - Rue's Eight-Piece Polish Porcelain Tea Set Without The Pot [SOLD]

Where is the teapot for this set? Either Rue smashed it to smithereens years ago, or it is down at her Texas house and we just haven’t come across it yet. In either case, she did manage to hang on to and use these eight-pieces from this vintage Polish set. The sugar bowl is 3″...

NEW ITEM - Rue's Little Pink Bowl

Rue’s little pink Depression Era glass bowl measures 4.75″ across and is 1.5″ high. It comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.

$175

NEW ITEM - Rue's Depression Era Glass Golden Square Plate

Rue used this plate for this and that, here and there in her Manhattan apartment. The beautifully etched (or is that a molded design?) Depression Era glass piece measures 6″ square and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.

$175

NEW ITEM - Three Antique Glass Bottles From Rue's Collection

You’ve got to love “The Piso Company” – the company that put out the green bottle in this assemblage of three antique bottles from Rue’s collection. This company was selling a cannibis extract to cure what ailed you. (See photo we found showing bottles with the...

NEW ITEM - Cherries Wall Art From Rue's Encino House Renovation

Although it was hung in her Texas home and her Manhattan apartment, this high end piece of wall art came from the renovation of Rue’s Encino, California home. She was working with a team of professionals to create a fabulous environment during the heyday of her time on “The Golden...

NEW ITEM - Rue's Large Painted Canvas Pillow

This is another fabulous piece that came from the renovation of Rue’s Encino, California home – when she was spending money like a Rockefeller! Do you know she actually spent over $1,000,000 on her yard alone! And this was almost 30-years ago (Oh, Rue!). Anyway, she did pick up...

NEW ITEM - Rue's Old Style Push Button Telephone [SOLD]

Isn’t this phone wonderful? We think it must have been one of those things that Rue “filched” from a production; when she liked something on a set it would sometimes come home with her when things wrapped. This is a push button phone, and yet it looks like an old hotel...

NEW ITEM - Rue's Flying Pig Bar Soap Holder

Rue loved pigs. Thus, it makes sense that she would have a flying pig as her bar soap holder. We actually don’t think this piece was made for that purpose because the base is made of a light wood and has NOT done well getting wet every single day (you can see it is kind of lumpy now). ...

NEW AMAZING ITEM - Rue's Personalized Cookie Jar [SOLD]

This piece measures 9″ x 5″ and stands 5.75″ tall. It is Rue McClanahan’s personalied cookie jar! What else can we write? This piece is EVERYTHING! Can you imagine this sitting on your kitchen counter? Rue’s cookie jar comes with a Certificate of Authenticity...

NEW ITEM - Rue's Carved Wooden Trinket Box

Do you have a trinket and no place to put it? Then this is the item for you! Rue had more trinkets than anyone on this Earth, so she had plenty of trinket boxes around in which to store them. This one measures 3.75″ across and is 2.5″ high. I see carved elephants grazing on the...

NEW ITEM - Rue'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...

NEW ITEM - Rue's Pine Box From 1949 Family Vacation

In 1949 Rue’s Father packed the whole family into the car and drove them from Oklahoma to New York City for a family vacation; it was the trip during which a 14-year old Rue realized she belonged in Manhattan and would some day be a star. As soon as they crossed the boarder into Arkansas...

NEW ITEM - Rue's Carnival Glass Plate

We tried shooting this plate at all sorts of angles to show the iridescent quality, but you still can’t see it. When you look at this piece and move it in your hands, rainbows appear across the surface. I guess it is just something you need to see in person because it simply will not...

NEW ITEM - Rue's Four Vintage Dessert Vessels [SOLD]

Rue loved dessert, and in addition to the ingredients, she was passionate about the presentation. These four different dessert vessels were used by her depending on the size dessert she was after. Also, she went through a MAJOR root beer float stage near the end of her time here on Earth, and...

NEW ITEM - Rue's Golden Depression Era Candlestick (FIRST FROM TEXAS HOUSE!)

We’re listing this under “Manhattan Apartment” because that is the only house category we have here on estateofrue.com – and we have no idea how one goes about adding another category to the page – but this piece actually came from Rue’s California house via...

NEW ITEM - Rue's Cat-Peeking-Over-Shelf Piece

We always look for pictures of Rue with the items that we post, and we were thrilled when we found this little cat statue in PERFECT photographs because the cat is peeking in on the edge or at the top of the frame. What a hoot! The porcelain piece measures 9.5″ deep, it is 4.25″...

NEW ITEM - Rue's Glass Clock

This glass clock was made by the “Nautica” company and so we think it is supposed to resemble a sail, and it does. Rue’s glass clock needs a new battery. It measures 5.75″ high, 3.75″ wide, and 1.75″ deep. Rue’s glass clock comes with a Certificate of...

NEW ITEM - Rue's Fossil "Coasters" (*UPDATE)

Rue usually kept these flat fossils on her coffee table and used them as coasters. We don’t think they actually ARE coasters – we think they are rare, highly collectible FOSSILS! However, that is what Rue used them for; and we could be mistaken, maybe someone out there is selling...

NEW ITEM - Rue's Wooden Frog Instrument

Rue loved nothing more than a musical evening with people playing piano and other instruments and singing together while everyone gradually got totally blasted. Oh, wait, we didn’t mean “blasted” necessarily, but you understand. Many of her friends had real talent, too, and...

NEW ITEM - A Strand of Rue's Butterflies

Rue owned several of these 6-foot long strands of butterflies. She had them in three different sizes, too, and this one is the smallest, with each of the 12 butterflies measuring approximately 4″ across. We don’t know exactly what these little wonders are made out of, but the wings...

NEW ITEM - Rue's Chelson Cup and Saucer From Harrods Department Store in London

We pulled up some photos of Rue with her hutch in the background just on the off chance you could spot this particular cup in there, and sure enough THERE IT IS! The first one all the way to the right is clearly this porcelain teacup made by Chelson UK for Harrods Department Store in London. ...

NEW ITEM - Rue's Golden Cup and Saucer

Rue could be a glamour girl when she wanted to be, and when she wanted to be a glamour girl she would drink her tea or coffee out of this golden cup and saucer. Do you have certain pieces you use depending upon your mood? Well, Rue did. This piece measures 4.75″ across from the edge of...

NEW ITEM - Rue's Fancy Schmancy Demitasse Cup and Saucer

I remember the day Rue bought an espresso machine and used this fancy cup to drink the first one she made. I also remember her tapping out the grounds and accidentally throwing out the metal cup inside the handled piece and not being able to use the machine again until we could get a new one...

Rue's Carved Elephant Family

Rue grew up at a time when to be a “family” meant there was a husband, a wife, and at least one child. It took her many years and many marriages to give up on that fantasy and expand on her definition of what a family could be. Rue created a loving and supportive “chosen...

The Love Birds

Don’t you just love love? Rue simply adored love, and she particularly enjoyed falling in love and those early giddy stages where it was all you could think about. It is during that time when everything you see – even two little carved seagulls – reminds you of your love. ...

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