Heir to a particular ceremony, having a coffee is above all a fun time, a time for a break, whose codes are rooted in an almost century-old tradition. The coffee cups of this collection have a common utopian challenge: reinventing the gesture, without losing the pleasure. They contribute to ones well-being, bringing humor, originality and a new vision to the experience.
Foggy tea in the morning, honey tea in the afternoon, or light after-dinner tea are all moments of daily pleasure. Porcelain contributes to this ceremony with its generous size and ability to preserve the warmth whilst insulating the handle, guaranteeing optimal taste and satisfaction.
The comfort that comes with a cup of steaming hot chocolate is enhanced by the container itself. Whatever its form, whether it be a cup, mug or bowl, it is completely insulated from the heat, thus avoiding painful memories. The fine edge allows for the escaping intoxicating scent, while the transparency of the material allows one a glimpse of the smooth beverage.
The Litron cup, also known as the "square cup", derives its name from the Latin word "libra", which expressed a unit of liquid measurement. Its precise size is not consistent, however, as four variations with different measurements exist. The shape of the saucer, which always accompanied the cup, is noteworthy for its raised sides and deep well.
The litron cup was first seen at the Vincennes factory in 1752, when the consumption of hot chocolate, tea and coffee began to grow in popularity. As the shape of a tea cup evolved to be a different shape from that of a coffee cup, the litron shape became strictly associated with the consumption of coffee. Interestingly, until the beginning of the XXth century, it was quite acceptable etiquette to pour a small amount of hot coffee from a litron cup into its saucer to cool coffee before drinking. The litron cup is almost always a separate collection from a dinnerware service: it is a unique object, decorated with many original designs on a timeless shape. Thus, the litron cup represents the changing styles from different eras and this unique characteristic renders the historical cups and saucers collection from the Ancienne Manufacture Royale even more collectible.