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According to legend, the champagne glass in the form of a shallow bowl (French coupe), which was particularly common in the 19th century, is modelled on the bosom of Marie-Antoinette (1755-1793). Her marriage to King Louis XVI (1754-1793) was a typical union of the ruling dynasties of the time for political reasons. The youngest daughter of the Austrian Empress Maria Theresa (1717-1780), she was married to the 15-year-old Dauphin at the age of 14 and crowned French Queen four years later. Marie-Antoinette lived a lavish, frivolous lifestyle, aroused the hatred of her subjects with the infamous "Necklace Affair" and died like her husband in the turmoil of the French Revolution under the Guilllotine. The famous saying "If they have no bread, let them eat brioche (pastry)" (to the reproach or accusation that the poor could not buy bread), is, however, wrongly attributed to her.

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