Posted by ESC on January 20, 2003
In Reply to: the perfect breast fitting in a wineglass? posted by R. Berg on January 20, 2003
: : I'm looking for this adage for a friend who's doing an art project and I'm looking for the origin and the exact wording of this saying.
: Oh, thank God. I was afraid you were scouting around for models.
I couldn't find the expression in either my old or new Barlett's. Doing a Google search, I found one site that referred to it as a French saying. And I found a couple of references to queens having various glasses molded upon their breasts:
things that look like sherbet glasses did not appear until sometime in the mid
18th century. For example, the famous painting by Jean Francois de Troy, The Oyster
Lunch, c. 1720, shows only flutes. There are lots of dubious mammary theories
about the sherbet-glass's origin. Molded on the breast of Mme. Pompadour? The
breast of Mme. DuBarry? Another theory is that the shape was molded on the breast
of Marie Antoinette--but not to be used for a wineglass. The mold was taken by
the royal china factory at Sevres to produce ceramic dishes for serving milk from
the cows at Marie's model farm. Whatever its origins, the sherbet-like glass is
a genuinely terrible design."
the way, the breasts in wine glasses thing is wrong. Champaigne glasses, true
champaigne glasses, are shaped exactly like Queen Anne's breasts, and were designed
specifically for a special occasion (either her coming of age, her ascent to the
throne, her wedding... whatever.) The point is that the perfect breast does not
have to fit a wine glass... and Queen Anne's weren't perfect, either. You have
your stories mixed up."
That should spelled "champagne," by the way.