Porcelain Absinthe Coaster/Saucer, 65Cts, Blue/Gold
Absinthe bistro saucers served a dual purpose in the pre-ban absinthe era. Besides serving as a coaster, they also functioned to indicate the price of absinthe being served. The price printed onto the bottom or side of the saucer corresponded with a color painted on the outside rim. This colored rim was used to tell the waiter how much to charge the customer by reading the different saucer colors when stacked. For instance, if three blue rimmed saucers (as shown above) were stacked, the waiter would know to charge the customer 1.95 French francs (or 195 French centimes, since 100 centimes equal 1 franc). When paying the bill, the money was generally left inside the coaster.
This saucer features a blue hand-painted rim with dark blue and gold accented pinwheel lines. The franc mark is printed into the porcelain before the saucer is glazed and fired, ensuring that the mark will not fade.
- Exact reproduction.
- High quality porcelain.
- Hand painted rim.
- Paint and text are fired into the saucer.
- Colors will not fade.
- Saucer measures approximately 4.6" in diameter by .825" tall.
- Height inside saucer measures .55".
- Will accommodate a 3.25" diameter glass foot and smaller.
Posted by Unknown on Jul 20th 2017
This a great coaster. The color was not as dark of a blue than I was expecting, but I actually like the color better in person. You can see the white porcelain through the dark blue brush strokes which lightens the color up a bit. I have two of the coasters and they are both well made.
The costumer service is exceptional and Maison
Absinthe ships fast.
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