Rue’s Manhattan Apartment

Collection of Rue's Coasters (Add on Note at End)

This is a rather unusual group of items – some of Rue’s coasters. First, there is a handmade doily-type coaster that was made by Rue way back in the ’70s – naturally, there is coffee spilled on it! Second, as you might already know, Rue had a great working relationship...

Rue's Matching Set of Large, LOUD, Chimes

We wrote about Rue’s battles with the neighbors over the chimes when we posted and sold another set she owned. This is a pair of chimes that hung inside these large metal holders and these were probably the main culprits in “Rue’s Great Chime Battle.” The holders are...

Rue's Vintage Cut Glass Bowl

Here is another stunning piece from Rue’s vintage glass collection. This cut glass bowl only stands 4″ high, with a base ring of 4.5″ across, but the opening, side-to-side, is 9″. You can see it set out on the kitchen counter – over by the toaster – for a...

Pair of Depression Era Plates with Amazing Glass Ball Edges

These 8.5″ plates are guaranteed to evoke a comment from your dinner guest; probably something along the lines of: “Wow, these are cool.” Just think what fun it will be telling your guest that they are eating their appetizer or salad course off none other than Rue...

Rue's Crystal Bell

During one of her trips to Europe, Rue bought this commemorative crystal bell in a small town outside Manchester, England called Salford. It sat in the box in a cabinet in her living room for many years – and the fact that it remained in the box is certainly why it survived in Rue’s...

All of Rue's Pyrex

Listen, even celebrities have leftovers! Rue used her Pyrex pieces all the time. She liked them because she could pop the lid off, throw whatever was in there right in the microwave in the container it had been stored in, and then serve it right out of the same bowl – a practical gal was...

Out of Country Shipping Charge for All of Rue's Pyrex

This button is ONLY to be used by a non-U.S. resident who buys Rue’s Pyrex collection posted above; because it is going to be a large, heavy box.

$50

Part of Rue's Basket Collection

Rue had a lot of parties and she liked to use baskets on her buffet to feed her guests – well, she actually put stuff IN the baskets to feed us. This group includes seven of Rue’s baskets: a 15.5″ round tray type piece; two 19″ long by 15″ wide bins, they are...

Out of Country Shipping Fee for Rue's Baskets

Again, this is only to be used if the collection of Rue’s baskets posted above is purchased by someone who lives outside the U.S.

$25


Rue's J. Pouyat Hand-Painted Limoges Bowl

Rue loved hand-painted porcelain – particularly when they were painted with these delicate floral designs. One of her favorites was this J. Pouyat character who was painting Limoges pieces a zillion years ago, she had a number of his pieces. When you look closely at the detail we can see...

Three Vintage Barvarian Hand-Painted Pin Plates from Rue's Collection

Rue collected hand-painted Barvarian pin plates. Why? You ask. We have no idea. But, we do know she loved the hand-painted flowers and designs, and we know she used them for all sorts of purposes, not just to hold pins – if that is even what a pin plate is for. Anyway, these three...

Vintage Cut Glass Perfume Bottle from Rue's Collection

When you look on the glass shelves in the master bathroom of Rue’s Manhattan apartment, you can see many of the vintage perfume bottles in Rue’s collection. If you look two over to the right from the tall blue bottle you can see this 3.5″ cut glass piece. The perfume bottle...

A Vintage Framed Embroidered Doily from Rue's Collection

This is a work of art. Yes, it is not for everyone – vintage, handmade embroidered doilies are a very specific art form – but Rue McClanahan was WAY into them. As a sewing person herself, she knew the time and work and creativity that went into creating one of these singular...

Rue's Square Depression Glass Plate

This Depression Era Glass plate from Rue’s collection is very unique. It isn’t just the shape, it is the combination of the star burst in the center and the radiating bubble effect which goes to the edges, this design is very unique – at least we haven’t seen it on any...

Rue's Large Ceramic Grape Pitcher

This is a large ceramic pitcher – it is 9″ tall, the mouth is 5.5″ wide, the body is almost 7″ wide, and the handle is 5.5″ long. You can see this large ceramic pitcher on the top shelf in one of Rue’s glass-door cabinets in the kitchen of her Manhattan...

Rue's Jerry-Rigged Metal Magazine Rack and Mail [SOLD]

There are so many reasons we love this piece. First, this bamboo looking metal magazine rack appears next to Rue in the portrait used in the project we met her on – the “NYC Pet Project” book. Second, Rue owned this metal magazine rack for decades and carried it from...

Rue's Pair of Vintage Cut Glass Candlesticks

Rue used this set of cut glass candlesticks in her Manhattan apartment. We just pulled a photo of Rue in front of her china hutch to see if you can see the candlesticks anywhere and look at what is directly above her head – ha! Rue’s candlesticks measure about 3″ high and...

Rue's Gorgeous Etched Crystal Cream and Sugar Set

As you probably know by now, Rue has an EXTENSIVE collection of antique or vintage glassware. We think this creamer and sugar set is one of the finest items in her entire collection! Not only are these etched crystal pieces in great shape – which already makes them super rare in...

Rue's Faded Tumblers

Rue said that these were her mother’s glasses and she remembers them from when she was young! Isn’t that amazing? That would make the tumblers pretty darn old! As we’ve told you, Rue always used pieces from her collection, no matter how rare or valuable they were, but these...

Rue's Set of Thick and Heavy Beer Mugs

Rue wasn’t a big beer drinker, but when she did partake she liked Corona. She kept these thick, heavy beer mugs in the freezer of the Sub-Zero in the kitchen of her Manhattan apartment and when she was going to have a cold one, she often would reach for one of these. Rue didn’t...

Rue's Vintage Noritake

Do you know about Noritake China? It’s a name that has been around our entire lives, seen on plates and other porcelain pieces in restaurants and even in our homes forever. Well, that’s one type of Noritake; that is the type that you can buy in stores all over the world. And then...

Rue's Shaker Thing (Aside: Look at the Cat's Face!)

First, the business: Rue’s vintage cut-glass shaker thing – you could put cheese, or powdered sugar in it; anything really, Rue has clove in there right now – it is 7″ high and has a 2.25″ base. The distinctively shaped top is stamped “E.P.N.S.” and we...

Rue's GREEN Depression Era Serving Platter

We just opened a box and came across four of Rue’s beautiful Depression Era Glass serving platters and so we decided to post all of them. Perhaps someone will be able to get them all and keep the collection intact, who knows? This first piece, the green one, measures almost a foot...

Rue's AMBER Depression Era Serving Platter

Here is the second in Rue’s collection of four Depression Era serving platters; this one is amber. The piece is an oval shape with great design around the edge. It is covered with an etched pattern and is in excellent condition. It measures 11.5″ long and 8.5″ across. ...

Rue's YELLOW Depression Era Serving Platter

This third platter – out of Rue’s four Depression Era serving platters – is a favorite. The handles are so intricate and delicate that it is nothing short of a miracle they have never been knocked off! Remember, Rue didn’t just display her pieces, she used them. This...

Rue's Pair of Waterford Heart Lead Crystal Champagne Flutes [SOLD]

These Waterford Crystal champagne flutes are very heavy, but after hefting one a few times it gets much easier for some reason. These are tall glasses, too, 9.25″ high with a 3″ base and a 3.5″ opening. We knew we’d be able to find a photo of someone with them because...

Rue's Set of Four Clear Glass Fruit Cups

Not much we can say about Rue’s fruit cups, they are what they are. We can’t tell if they are glass or crystal, but probably glass. They have solid bases and so they are a little on the heavier side. They measure 3.5″ high with a 2.5″ base and 4.5″ opening. ...

Rue's Set of Four Fancy Smancy Depression Era Fruit Cups

It is so interesting to place one of these fruit cups next to one of the cups posted above. The modern looking ones are beautiful, but simple, and then you look at this cup. The details on each one of these is amazing. First, they have little handles, which actually come in handy when you are...

Rue's Port Glasses

Look at Rue’s hand in that fabulous photo from the play “MacBird!” She has a port glass in it. While it is true, it is NOT one of Rue’s port glasses – at least not one of these – it is funny that she has a port glass in her hand at all. Rue didn’t...

Baccarat Bunny from Rue's Crystal Collection

Rue loved Baccarat crystal animals, who doesn’t, right? She had a collection spread throughout her homes, but her favorite pieces were on the glass shelves in the master bathroom of her Manhattan apartment. This little bunny measures 3.5″ long and 1.5″ wide and stands about...

Baccarat Elephant from Rue's Crystal Collection

Rue loved elephants and did a lot of work fighting on their behalf. For example: Rue helped get those cruel hooks banned that circus people used to poke and prod those poor circus elephants. We think this particularly piece was a gift from one of the people Rue worked with on that campaign. ...

Rue's "Got Milk?" Bowl

Remember that advertising campaign presented by The Milk Council in which they painted the upper lips of famous people with a milk mustache? This Depression Era piece of Rue’s reminds us of that campaign since just the lip of the bowl is white. In fact, one of Rue’s fans who is...

Beautifully Designed Depression Era Green Plate

We all love the lines of this plate. Something about those molded designs remind us of flowers. Rue was helpless when she came across a piece that had painted flowers or even the line and shape of a flower – she had to have it. This Depression Era green glass plate is in excellent...

A Pair of Rue's Vintage Plates

Here are a matching pair of Rue’s Depression Era green glass plates. These plates have a geometric design that does wonderful things to light. The plates are 6″ across, so they are more for salads or sides than entrees. Remember, Rue believed in using her vintage pieces, no matter...

Rue's Cat's Greek Plate Catnip Server

Rue owned this handmade, hand-painted Greek plate for years and the only thing we ever saw it used for was serving catnip to her cats. It is funny how certain pieces get designated as “for x” in our mind and then are only used for that purpose, and that’s exactly what happened...

Unusual Blue Resin and Pounded Metal Vessel

We have no clue what this piece is all about or how it came into Rue’s life. It is just one of those things that was always there in one of Rue’s homes. The blue part is made of a molded resin and then is has a pounded metal sleeve on the outside. The piece measures 3.25″...

Pale Green Vase

This beautiful, pale green vase measures 4″ tall by about 2.5″ wide. It is signed by the artist, and that appears to be a person by the name of “Sally.” Rue did know a “Sally,” and she sold seashells down by the seashore – Rue told us that fact over...

Rue's Dragon Tray

Rue used this plate for this and that and she kept it here and there. We saw it on her desk with paperclips and rubber bands in it, it was on her bedroom dresser with earrings and hair pins for awhile, and it was in her kitchen with garlic cloves. Therefore, we’ll just call this...

Rue's Limoges Covered Dish

Rue purchased this vintage signed Theodore Haviland piece while on one of her trips to Europe. A doormen in Rue’s building once remarked, “I always knew when Ms. McClanahan was in Europe because the boxes would start arriving every day.” Rue used to comb antique stores and...

Rue's German Handled Plate

This hand-painted plate was made in Germany way back in the day. It is a numbered piece – Number 189 of 6702 made – and we wonder how many of these still exist today? Wouldn’t it be interesting to know the story of how each was lost or destroyed over the years and exactly how...

Pair of Colorful Candlesticks

Aren’t these cool? Rue used them in her Manhattan apartment. They are 5″ high with a base that is 2.5″ across, and they are heavy, too. They aren’t ceramic, we think they might be some sort of a soap stone or something like that. Maybe plaster, but they feel too...

Previous

Comments are closed.