The "chocolate cup" basin

The "chocolate cup" basin is a nod to the democratisation of chocolate, which took place in the 18th century. 

Food, in all its forms, became part of the culinary habits of Versailles under Louis XIV, who popularized its consumption at the Court. The handle of the cups appeared in 1730 in order to hold a very hot container in his hands.

The painting La Belle Chocolatière by Jean-Etienne Liotard, which is in the breakfast room, is another illustration of the success of drinking in Voltaire's time.