|The long nights journey into day.|
The now disgraced tale goes as follows - Marie Antoinette, ill fated Queen of France by way of Austria, was such a notorious party girl and narcissist, that she had the Coupe Champagne glass created from casts of her breast so that sycophantic courtiers could drink to her health from them.
|Marie with the Coupe in question.|
Charming, hedonistic, and a little naughty. What's not to like? Surely something as irreverent as this must be true; why else would the story live on? Being the thorough person that I am, I set out to research this historic moment to see if there were any other amusing facts I could use to my advantage. I found fact upon fact, but I was not amused.
To begin, this story has been around the block almost as many times as the women it's attached to. Marie's bosom buddies in this farce include Madame du Pompadour (1721-1764) , Madame du Barry (1743-1793), Empress Josephine (1763-1814), Diane de Poitiers (1499-1566), and even Helen of Troy.
|Madame du Pompadour.|
|Madame du Barry.|
Much to my chagrin, not one of these women could possibly be attached to this tale of mammary madness. Champagne was invented in the 17th Century by two Benedictine Monks, Dom Pierre Pérignon (1639 – 1715) and Frère Jean Oudart (1654 – 1742) in a lush region of France called Champagne. The region’s climate, with its short and cool growing season, along with a process that involved a secondary fermentation period, resulted in the creation of those signature bubbles.
|Champagne Saucers by Marc Jacobs. So elegant, and |
great for desserts as well.
The origins of this rumor are a mystery, but you have to figure that if you get enough Frenchmen together who happen to be drunk off Champagne served in a Coupe by a comely lass, an allusion between the shape of the glass and the shape of the lass could be made.
|Dita understands the elegance of the Champagne Coupe.|