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The Cover
July 28, 2004

Cup and Saucer

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(4):415. doi:10.1001/jama.292.4.415

It was, as has been said, the best of times and the worst of times. It was a century of extremes: on the one hand, opulence, on the other, hardscrabble poverty; on the one hand, intellectual ferment and social unrest, on the other, oblivious disregard. In the Americas, the upstart Colonials had turned Boston Harbor into a vast pot of tea, while in Europe, the aristocracy was whiling away the days drinking tea from dainty china cups and waltzing away the nights with a new dance from Vienna. In Paris, meanwhile, the hungry were told that if they had no bread they should eat cake. And, just outside Paris, on the road to Versailles near the chateau of the King's favorite, Madame de Pompadour, was the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, the source of all the fragile and decorative items that adorned the tables and decorated the palaces of royalty.

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