So where did the champagne goblet originate and how did it become so popular between the 30s and 60s, you ask?
the rumor mill
Well, rumor has it that the sensual shape of the goblet was modeled on the breast of a famous 18th century French aristocrat (Marie Antoinette is the most famous of the rumored models). As scandalous and fascinating as that rumor may be, it is unfortunately, not true. The origin of the goblet predates the 18th century by about a hundred years and actually occurred across the border in the “land of the Angles” - more popularly known as England.
more recent history
Following its introduction, the goblet dropped in popularity for the next few centuries until it re-emerged as a staple champagne-consuming utensil in the 30s. If you weren’t drinking out of a champagne goblet, then you were definitely not with the times. The re-popularization of the goblet was largely propagated by the Stork Club, a well-known night club in post-prohibition New York City, that was heavily frequented by celebrities who chose to drink the sweeter champagnes of the 30s out of the shallow, broad-bowled glass. The goblet remained popular until the 60s, when champagne moved towards a less sweet taste that is less suitable for the goblet since it allows champagne to lose its carbonation more quickly.
most recent history
The goblet then took a backseat until very recently, when it re-emerged on the scene with two identities - champagne glass and candleholder. We love how the goblet is being currently featured as an essential coffee table accessory by Erinn V on Joyus.
Photos taken from Acanthus & Acorn and Film Noir Photos.