March 19, 2009

Fashionable Piece for Fashionable Ladies

Who doesn't love a nice piece for the kitchen? Remember when we talked about taking chocolate in bed for breakfast and how yummy it is to be so fashionable? Well let me introduce the pot your chocolate would have been served from!

This lovely piece was owned by Maria Leczinska. It is silver-gilt and part of an 18 piece set which features her arms. The set is special because it was a gift from Louis XV! He chose to gift the Queen with a lovely set of china after she gave birth to the Dauphin.

He was obviously thoughtful in his choice! The detailed feel of the pot and the spout are little dolphins, (the french is dauphin.) The fancy feet and spout show how rococo design could morph into practical everyday objects, creating an object of fabulous craftsmanship and style. Anyone for chocolat?

11 comments

  1. What a goreous and thoughtful gift.

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  2. It is exquisite. I can thinking of nothing more decadent than chocolate in bed!

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  3. It's absolutely charming! This delicious way of serving chocolate should definitely be revived:)

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  4. You've got the Tempus Fugit award from me! :)

    Check it out:

    http://narcis-musicarte.blogspot.com/2009/03/tempus-fugit-award.html

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  5. And from me too!

    http://mrswoffington.blogspot.com/2009/03/tempus-fugit-award.html

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  6. Awh, the dolphins are cute. And it's nice that Louis XV was poking fun at himself. At least, I hope he was!

    We had a chocolate pot at the historic house museum where I used to work. It didn't look like that, though--and I don't just mean the dolphins. The spout was in the middle rather than at the top of the pot. Don't know if it's a New England thing; all the chocolate pots I've seen have had the spout in the middle.

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  7. Woops, I think I might not have looked hard enough. It's difficult to tell but the spout might be coming from the middle after all like in New England.

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  8. Eliza that is so interesting about the spout! (who ever thought spouts were interesting?!) If I can find a better image of the pot I will post it.

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  9. Haha, well apparently coffee and tea pots have the spout at the top, so you can tell it's a chocolate pot by the lower spout. This random information comes from being a tour guide there for 5 seasons. You get all sorts of questions, like "Does that mark on the ceiling have any significance?"--the answer is yes--or "Is this floor older than the floor of the room we were just in?"--also yes.

    But on another subject, I've given you the Proximade Award for friendliness! Congrats!

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  10. That reminds me of how much I love 18th century floors... But that is an entirely different post! and thank you for the award!!

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