This trembleuse, a ceramic cup with a lid and saucer, was most likely used to drink hot chocolate or coffee. The saucer has a slightly raised ring for the cup to sit inside and help stabilize it while serving and drinking. During the 18th century, the preparing, serving and consuming of chocolate and coffee became a ritualistic affair for the middle classes. While it had been popular with upper classes for a century earlier, the desire to mimic the upper classes led to a proliferation of utensils and serving ware to enhance the experience.
Object Name
Derby Porcelain Works
Physical Description
purple (cup color)
purple (saucer color)
polychrome (component surface decoration color name)
flowers (overall description of decoration)
porcelain, ceramic (cover material)
porcelain, ceramic (cup material)
porcelain, ceramic (saucer material)
place made
United Kingdom: England, Derby
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
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American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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