Some of us recall being children and marveling over our grandmother’s gold cherub-adorned Hollywood Regency lamps, gilded bamboo serving pieces, flocked wallpaper and brass everything. Over-the-top Maximalism ruled the day. As the decades pass, those memorable items from bygone eras cycle themselves forth from the proverbial mothballs to find places of honor in the contemporary home. As personal adornments, furnishings and serve ware reserved for entertaining tend to carry heightened drama, incorporating these vintage items into an at-home fete will add a glamorous touch.
This Nicolas Feuillatte Palms d’Or Vintage Brut Champagne (vintage 2008) is to Feuillatte what Dom Perignon is to Moët, with aromas of bracingly fresh white fruits, dried almonds and apricots, and a slight hint of spice. Upfront, you will note permeating flavors of redcurrant and citrus fruits with a second wave of pinot noir freshness and streak of minerality, underpinned by a distinctive chalk signature and acutely delicate smoky edge. Rouses, 4500 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-896-7910, rouses.com.
For 40 years Chez Nous has set the stage when New Orleanians entertain in style. Luscious, classic deviled eggs with prosciutto and fresh asparagus are always in fashion. Chez Nous, 4739 Magazine St., 504-899-7303, gotocheznous.com.
Luminous 1960s pine serving board for charcuterie or cheese. Made in France. Dop Antiques, 300 Jefferson Hwy., 504-373-5132, instagram.com/dopantiques.
This game/writing table is a 19th century Chinese export of black and gilt lacquer with overall Chinoiserie decoration. Flip the top inset to reveal a chess board or remove the inset for backgammon. Malachite Home, 3806 Magazine St., Suite 4, 504-754-0066, malachitehome.com.
Delight guests with these blue and green conical mosaic glasses made by Georges Briard, circa 1960s. Vintage 329, 329 Royal St., 504-525-2262, instagram.com/shopvintage329.
Up your bar game with these collected cut crystal decanters, pitcher and lowball glasses, 1970s polished brass butler’s ashtray with handle and Red Coat soldier print from the early 1900’s. Merchant House, 1125 Camp St., merchanthouse.co.
This stunning vintage 1950s carving set by Griffon Cutlery of Germany features three pieces with white pearlized Bakelite handles and comes in the original box with a polishing cloth. Perrier Designs, chairish.com/shop/perrierdesigns, (free delivery in New Orleans).