Cross Currents

Cross Currents: Holiday Parties

With the fabulous soirees of the festive season now very much in full swing, we thought it high time to take a look through the 1stdibs inventory of furniture and fine art, fashion and jewelry, to find a few choice pieces you might enjoy using when accessorizing your next fete — whatever its theme may be. Whether you’re hosting or attending, we’re sure you’ll see something that suits your style.


Cruise Party

A swinging vibe and Mod accouterments hold the key to your next wild evening, whether aboard a friend’s yacht in the Aegean or just channeling the vibe on dry land.

1. Mod Party on Cruise, 1962, by Mark Shaw, offered by Liz O’Brien. 2. Eero Aarnio Ball chair, 1960s, offered by WYETH. 3. Murano-glass martini glasses, 1960s, offered by Coach House. 4. Hanging lamp, ca. 1960, offered by Converso. 5.  Diamond-and-platinum bracelet, 1960s, offered by Israel Rose. 6. Jean Desses haute couture dress, ca. 1956, offered by WilliamVintage. 7. Standing ice bucket, 1960s, offered by Las Venus. 8. Adrian Pearsall Wave chair, 1960s, offered by Surfing Cowboys. 9. Tiffany & Co. diamond-and-platinum crescent leaf-cluster earrings, 1960, offered by Camilla Dietz Bergeron. 10. Cartier Art Deco cigarette holder in lapis lazuli, enamel and gold, 1920s, offered by FD.


After Party

Everyone knows it’s being at the after party that really counts. Think form-fitting dresses and high-impact accessories when it comes to late-night revelry.

1. Dinner Party #5, by Miles Aldridge, 2008, offered by Camilla Grimaldi. 2. Alexander McQueen black dress, 2010, offered by Brent Edward 3. Louis Vuitton monogrammed polychrome brooch, ca. 2010, offered by LuxDlux Vintage. 4. Tom Ford for Gucci black satin corset shoes, contemporary, offered by Exquisite Finds. 5. Pair of Baccarat Champagne coolers, ca. 1950, offered by Smith & Robinson. 6. Viktor & Rolf black tulle jacket with mirror trim, 21st century, offered by I Miss You. 7. Mauboussin diamond-and-malachite ring, ca. 1970, offered by Robin Katz. 8. Set of 12 painted Louis XVI-style dining chairs, ca. 1950, offered by Donald J. Embree Antiques. 9. Karl Springer goatskin Pagoda dining table, ca. 1980s, offered by Assemblage.


Dalí Party

Take a cue from the irrepressible creative genius Salvador Dalí, whose Surrealist dinner parties in the 1970s are still talked about today.

1. Dali’s Party, 1959, by Slim Aarons, offered by Undercurrent Projects. 2. Reassurance, 1960, offered by Michael Lisi/Contemporary Art. 3. Dali Clockface, 1981, by Salvador Dali and Philippe Halsman, offered by Phyllis Lucas Gallery. 4. Andrea Pfister patent leather Lips clutch, 1980s, offered by The Way We Wore. 5. Salvador Dali walking stick, 1970s, offered by Mars Palm Beach Estate Holdings. 6. Cartier royal presentation cigarette case, 1920s, offered by FD. 7. Harry Winston sapphire-and-diamond necklace, 1980s, offered by Yafa Signed Jewels. 8. Tiffany & Co. gold mustache comb, 1940s, offered by Alice Kwartler Antiques.


Black & White Party

Truman Capote’s 1966 masked ball at the Plaza was called the “party of the century” — you can’t match the guest list, but you can get the elegantly minimal look.

1. Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow at Truman Capote Black and White Ball, 1966, by Harry Benson, offered by Staley-Wise Gallery. 2. Lane, Altavista USA buffet, 1950s, offered by Talisman. 3. Hand-carved, painted-wood dice, 1930-35, offered by East Meets West Antiques. 4. Sharp Mask/Masque Aigu, 1948, by Henri Matisse, offered by Gilden’s Arts. 5. David Webb earrings in black enamel, diamond and yellow gold, 1970s, offered by Wayne Smith Jewels. 6. Angelo Lelli for Arredoluce floor lamps, ca. 1950, offered by Jochum Rodgers. 7. Pair of Gerald Benney sterling silver goblets, 1965, offered by Stodel. 8. Pair of onyx-and-diamond cufflinks, 1930s, offered by Bentley & Skinner. 9. Cameroonian Bobo fertility mask, 1980s, offered by Judy Frankel Antiques.


Make-Believe Party

The holidays bring out the kid in all of us. Create a bygone fantasy world with whimsical furnishings and accessories.

1. A Carriage to the Ball, 1869, by William Bromley, offered by Darnley Fine Art. 2. Aubusson carpet, 19th century, offered by Nazmiyal Collection. 3. Pair of beaded footstools, ca. 1870, offered by Susan Silver Antiques. 4. Bowl with Adam Buck prints of children, ca. 1815, offered by Bardith. 5. Louis XV-style child’s fauteuil armchair, ca 1865, offered by Carl Moore Antiques. 6. Child’s sleigh, 19th century, offered by Newel. 7. The Children’s Encyclopedia, 1920s, edited by Arthur Mee, offered by Briggs House Antiques. 8. Horse tricycle, 19th century, offered by The Antiques Swan. 9. Mochaware mug, ca. 1800, offered by Bardith.


Ski Party

Winterizing your home takes on a whole new meaning when you adorn your space — and yourself — with a blizzard of Gstaad-worthy accents.

1. Skiing Waiters, ca. 1960, by Slim Aarons, offered by Undercurrent Projects. 2. Charlotte Perriand sideboard for Les Arcs ski resort, ca. 1960, offered by Gaudium. 3. Neresheimer silver pheasant, 1913, offered by RMJ Antiques. 4. Skier cufflinks, in enamel, rock crystal and gold, 1931, offered by FD. 5. Snow Flake chandelier, 1960s, offered by John Salibello. 6. John Galliano white mink coat, 1980-2000, offered by 20th Century Couture. 7. Lapparra skiing trophy, ca. 1930s, offered by Pullman Gallery. 8. Sterling silver basket, 1898, offered by Daniel Stein Antiques. 9. Andre Courreges Eskimo glasses, 1964, offered by Brent Edward. 10. Ski jumper cigarette case, ca. 1930, offered by Pullman Gallery. 11. Haas Brothers Hairy David Beast chair, 2014, offered by R & Company.


Holiday Party

High-brow or low, classics are classics. Get into the spirit!

1. Christmas Vacation, 2014, by Charles Clary, offered by Kenise Barnes Fine Art. 2. Hermès ice skating-scene silk scarf, contemporary, offered by Gem de la Gem. 3. “Kosher Wine” sign, 20th century, offered by Architectural Anarchy. 4. Venetian-glass wine cup, 16th century, offered by Mayflower Antiques. 5. Gaetano Pesce Babel wine bucket, 1990s, offered by Design Modern 2120. 6. Set of 150 Santa’s Army Christmas ornaments, 2000, offered by Antika Gallery. 7. Ettore Sottsass Star vase, ca. 1981, offered by Avant-Garde Gallery. 8. Montjoye Saint-Denis Manufacture mistletoe vase, ca. 1990, offered by Marc Maison. 9. Sterling silver holly and mistletoe bowl, ca. 1890, offered by Foundwell.

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