Absinthe, a highly alcoholic spirit, was a staple of fin-de-siècle bohemian culture in Paris and New Orleans. It was featured in famous advertising posters such as Absinthe Robette, 1898, by Georges Privat-Livemont and excessively consumed by the likes of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. It became so popular that 5 p.m. was referred to as l'heure verte, "the green hour," after absinthe's green hue.
At the bistro, absinthe glasses were served on porcelain saucers which posted the price of each variety. The printed price matched a color painted on the outside rim so that the waiter could add up a customer's bill based on the stack of saucers that had accumulated on their table.
"f" stands for francs and "Cts" for centimes (cents).
Reproduced by Bonnecaze, Baton Rouge. Porcelain with hand-painted rim and pinwheels. Measures approximately 4.75 inches in diameter and 0.75 inches high. Will accommodate a 3.3 inch diameter glass base.