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Marie-Antoinette

Portrait picture of Marie-Antoinette According to legend, this is particularly common in the 19th century Champagne glass in the form of a flat bowl (French coupe ) modeled on the breasts of Marie-Antoinette (1755-1793). Marriage to King Louis XVI (1754-1793) was a typical connection of the ruling dynasties at that time for political reasons. The youngest daughter of the Austrian empress Maria Theresa (1717-1780) was married to the 15-year-old Dauphin at the age of 14 and crowned Queen of France four years later.

Marie-Antoinette cultivated a lavish, reckless lifestyle, sparked the hatred of her subjects with the notorious "collar affair" and died like her husband under the guilllotine. The well-known saying "If you don't have bread, you should eat brioche (pastries)" (on the suggestion or the accusation that the poor cannot buy bread),   is wrongly attributed to her.

There are also other women whose breasts are said to have served as a "template" for the champagne glass. The actual design for the bowl-shaped glass is made by the French author and satirist Marquis de Saint-Evremond (1610-1703), who has made great contributions to the popularity, spread and "invention" of champagne. See also under wine glasses and wine vessels,

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