You may or may not know this, but when Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI decided to escape the Tuileries Palace in 1791, they first commissioned a series of custom travel accessories, including a luxury coach, a walnut travel desk, and silver goblets created by famed silversmith, Jean-Pierre Charpenat. If you’re reading this, you likely know that the escape to Varennes did not pan out as planned and the family (and their servants) were very quickly caught. Sadly, the escape was compromised by a number of factors, including the incompetence of some of flight’s most crucial helpers and a coach slowed to a walk’s pace by a team of people, a wooden travel desk and, of course, a set of silver goblets.
Those cups were part of one of the most humiliating days for the royal family. And for some reason that escapes me, you can purchase metal reproductions of these goblets from the Versailles gift shop. This is true, and not in any way a lie. Imagine sipping from a glass that Marie or Louis sipped from in their last hours of true freedom. Imagine owning a set of drinkware that indirectly brought down an entire monarchy in France. If you, or anyone else you know, has an ill-fated journey to embark upon, they would make a perfect gift. It’s a fit for any wedding or graduation that concerns you and any time you want to elegantly say, “I just don’t think this is going to work out.”
36 Euros each, boutiquesdemusees.fr