It was designed to allow people suffering from the trembles to drink a beverage, initially hot chocolate. The cup sits in a saucer with either a well, or a raised rim to prevent the liquid from spilling.:349 Cups were designed with or without handles, and optionally a lid.
Sèvres used the term Gobelet et soucoupe enfoncé for a saucer with a well in catalogues from 1759.:46
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