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The "George Sand service"

Cristal

The liquor service of this kind (a small liquor jug and a few miniature glasses) has a very special name in France: the "George Sand service", in honour of French writer George Sand (pseudonym of Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin, Baroness Dudevant). George Sand took the pseudonym of a man to illustrate her emancipation (she was also one of the first to wear male costumes in the 19th century). She was a friend of Alfred de Musset, Franz Liszt, Honoré de Balzac, Gustave Flaubert, Eugène Delacroix, Victor Hugo, and the beloved of Chopin.
Of course, the fact that a woman owned such a service with the opportunity to drink alcohol in glasses the size of a thimble, testified to a particular mentality, in connection with her thirst for emancipation.
It took little for crystal factories to link Georges Sand and her novel "Laura, voyage dans le cristal" to crystal and the characters of the book: hence was born the name for these special liquor services: the George Sand liquor service.

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