Goodness, I have not been very good about updating this blog, but that is bound to change. The shop and its humble audience have grown so much over the last 9 months that suddenly I find myself bursting with excitement, ideas, and anecdotes to share. In the meantime, I'm currently participating in two events you should know about:
I'm thrilled to share that three objects from my collection are currently on view at the latest Morbid Anatomy exhibition "Ladies of Sorrow: A Visual Exploration of Grief and Femininity." I have been following the Morbid Anatomy project since its inception as a make-do library at Proteus Gowanus, to its own museum and library, to its latest incarnation as a pop-up gallery at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. An early 19th century mourning cup and saucer I sold founds its way (uncredited) into the first show at the museum, "The Art of Mourning." It's an incredible honor to be included in this exhibition, the subject of which is so close to my heart as a collector of mourning items, Victoriana, and religious art.
The exhibition is at historic Green-Wood Cemetery's Fort Hamilton Gate House, and the library, full of new acquisitions, is upstairs. You can visit 11:30 AM- 4:30 PM, weekends through November 17th. Admission is free. To learn more about the exhibition and to see more photos, click here.
Additionally, several items from Roses & Rue Antiques are now available to purchase at the official Morbid Anatomy web shop, including this splendid Victorian hair wreath.
Next month, I will be returning to Philadelphia for a second Victorian Mourning Fair, where I will be offering a variety of Victorian antiques for sale alongside some of my favorite colleagues. The event will be taking space at Sphinx & Snakeskin, hosted by my friends at BloodMilk Jewels.
If you missed the first event in June, you'll definitely want to make time for this one: There will be more vendors, a tintype photobooth, delicious cocktails, and an array of BloodMilk treasures to peruse along with all our unusual wares. I rarely venture out to events like this, and will be saving several very special items for the occasion, including this remarkable Victorian hair album...
... See you there!